Telling Our Stories: LINGOs Member Meeting Packed with Community, Networking, Measuring Impact, Twitter and More


 LINGOs Director of Content and Impact Mike Culligan (right) facilitates a  panel discussion on Impact with Roger Steele of LINGOs, Marie-Laure Curie from PSI, Brian Washburn of SightLife, and co-facilitator Elvis Frazer from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 What a fantastic few days the LINGOs community enjoyed in Seattle. PATH and SightLife hosted our meeting and reception in grand style. Over 60 participants networked, sharing stories, approaches, tools and resources.  

Members had options to participate in 25 different sessions on topics ranging from moving learners to action with video, developing a personal learning network via twitter, Career-pathing and talent management in INGOs, Successes and challenges in improving education in the developing world, How to develop a personal learning network and basic use of Twitter, Marketing learning for impact using social media tools, How access to corneal transplant can reduce blindness (including a tour of the area’s largest cornea bank!), Lessons on building a global learning community, Getting started with m-Learning and so much more.

Tom Kuhlmann from Articulate shared his very practical approaches and lessons on building a global learning community (his blog has over 84,000 followers and there are more than 107,000 global members of the Articulate Community).  You’ll see us starting to put some of his tips in action as we strengthen the LINGOs community. We challenge you to contribute regularly to the LINGOs community: comment on the LINGOs Group LinkedIn, share something you’ve worked on by guest authoring a post on the LINGOs blog, offer to co-facilitate a Virtual Coffee Break, Tweet info of interest to #LINGOs, or follow @LINGOsOrg on Twitter

Scott Macklin from the University of Washington facilitated a fun session on telling stories via video. Participants videoed each other with flip cams and we’ll be sharing some of the brief introductions over coming months… We welcome you to add some of your own and find ways to tell the story of building capacity to enhance performance in your organization!

Elvis Frazer from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and LINGOs own Mike Culligan facilitated a two-part interactive laboratory on measuring impact of learning interventions.  Mike will be posting a series of posts in this space related to measurement and impact over the coming months.

PSI’s Marie-Laure Curie shared some of the elements of her organization’s very successful extension of learning to its global staff. Those of us in attendance certainly could see the value and impact of what PSI is doing, and so does Chief Learning Officer (CLO), which awarded PSI’s Steven Honeyman their Gold Award in the Global Learning category. Click here for more info on PSI’s award winning approach.

As part of LINGOs’ efforts to ensure that the learning from last week’s annual meeting is documented and shared with all those who were unable to make it Seattle, a LinkedIn LINGOs’ group thread has been started to capture participants’ thinking on two questions:

  • What three ideas/practices from the meeting did you take back to the office and intend to apply over the coming three months?
  • Are there any challenges that you will need to address as you apply these ideas/practices?

If you were at the meeting, be sure to post your response for others to see!  If you were unable to attend, learn more about what everyone is talking about by visiting the Linked In thread here.

We’re planning to move the meeting back to the east coast next year. Likely to be bigger… if your organization has space or access to space that could accommodate 70-100 participants, please send an email to Marian(at)

And finally (for now), we are updating the meeting site to include the resources from the meeting sessions. To access them, click here.


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