Elder, UK, Global University for Lifelong Learning
Dr Peter Honey is a chartered psychologist and founder of Peter Honey Publications Ltd. www.peterhoney.com . He has worked for Ford Motor Company and British Airways and as a consultant to organizations such as the Bank of England, AstraZeneca, the Automobile Association, ICI and ICL. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Institute of Management Consultants and the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning. He was a founder member of the distinguished group that produced ‘A Declaration on Learning’ is a Patron of the Campaign for Learning and a Trustee of the Lifelong Learning Foundation and the Prisoners’ Education Trust.
Peter is regarded as one of the world’s leading gurus on learning and behaviour (although he believes that a learning guru is a contradiction in terms – as it suggests knowing everything there is to know about learning!), a dedicated lifelong learner and has written more than 20 books, many articles and has a regular column in Training Journal.
Affirmation of support for GULL:
In his column for Training Journal, Peter writes: With my self-confessed besottedness for action learning, you can perhaps imagine my delight when I heard about the work of GULL – the Global University for Lifelong Learning. Here is a newly created, not-for-profit organisation (formally launched in October 2007) that is dedicated to providing action learning opportunities for people in communities underserved by traditional approaches to academic education and workplace training.
Dr Richard Teare is GULL’s president. Here is what he has to say about the philosophy of this unique university:
‘Nothing is more powerful than people working together to better themselves, solve problems and create stronger societies for their families and future generations. Typically, action learning occurs when people learn from each other, create their own resources, identify their own problems and form their own solutions. The approach I use involves light touch facilitation (but no teaching and no curriculum). At GULL, we view every learner as an expert in their own learning and our challenge is to guide them in the action learning process – without getting in the way’.
GULL is the one to watch. Find out about their work at www.gullonline.org