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Peer-learning for greater impact

Written by: LeadSA

An often shared notion is that collaboration can achieve far greater impact in a shorter period of time, than if you were to work alone.

Collaboration can be understood as the process of pooling knowledge, resources and relationships for the sake of pursuing shared aims. It also fosters an environment that can either equip or train smaller players in the industry and introduce innovation and new solutions. However, in the real world, collaboration can be a little more complex than it may sound in theory.

There are many smaller businesses and individuals who are very passionate about social development and would like to learn more about how to go about it. Some might need assistance in structuring their social development in a manner that makes sense.

Some larger companies might feel that they could add value by sharing of their past successes and challenges, as well as see value in connecting with other peers in a manner that would advance their existing social investment strategies.

Regardless of what your needs might be, we all need to be in communication with one another so as to sharpen our minds when it comes to social development. For this reason, we are excited regarding the social investment Peer Learning community that will be launching at the end of October, which will be freely available to anyone involved in various levels and stages of their business social investments.

To be first in line to gain access to this online community and peer-learning platform click here to complete a quick Health Check on your business's social development approach.

Peer learning circles rapidly improve individual skill sets by providing an action-oriented learning environment. Adults learn best when they apply new information to real-world, current challenges. In a peer learning setting, one can learn from the challenges and pitfalls others have faced, and have the opportunity to immediately apply solutions to their own contexts.

Peer learning circles are built on the belief that every member has something to contribute and that every member has something to learn. This collaborative approach helps members hone in on their strengths as they teach their peers. The peer learning circle is shown to increase productivity, and lead to higher achievement in participants’ work settings.

As the age-old adage goes, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. As a nation, we encourage that going far without one another is truly going nowhere. We therefore continue to encourage finding means for continued opportunities towards collaborating for optimal social change.

Written by Hlengiwe Zulu, the Social investment Business Liaison of Nation Builder, a platform that equips business leaders with resources and a community that helps them achieve the greatest possible positive impact in our country through effective social investment. www.proudnationbuilder.co.za




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