Organizational Learning Course LO23880 -Budapest, March 20-24

From: Richard Karash (
Date: 02/03/00

Dear Colleagues,

The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) is happy to announce our
second European offering of the five-day course: Core Competencies of the
Learning Organization. Because we want to make organizational learning
concepts and practices available in the larger European arena and because
our first course was received so positively, we are offering a second
course in Budapest, Hungary from March 20-24, 2000. We are cordially
inviting you and your colleagues to participate in the second European

SoL is a global network of learning communities aimed at generating
knowledge for fundamental institutional change. Originally founded by
Peter Senge in 1991 as the Center for Organizational Learning, a research
center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SoL has since
grown to be a global community of organizations who share the desire to
bring about long-term, sustainable change. It has a mission of fostering
collaboration among corporations committed to advancing the
state-of-the-art in building learning organizations.

The course will be held at the Danubius Thermal Hotel. The course
description and registration information are below. If you have questions
about the program please contact Agota Ruzsa in Hungary (information
below). If you need registration information contact Angela Lipinski in
the United States at 617-491-0262, or you can register directly by faxing
your registration form to the U.S. at 617-354-2093 or emailing Angela at

Agota Ruzsa
Dialogos/SoL Hungary
Fax: 361 2148229
Tel: 361 2143391
Mobile Phone: 36 209685448

Please join us at the Hungarian Core Course in March.


Agota Ruzsa, Dialogos/SoL Hungary
Angela Lipinski, SoL Conference Manager
Vicki Tweiten, SoL International Network Manager


Dear LO Subscribers --

I'll be leading this course with my wonderful colleagues Beth Jandernoa
and Agota Ruzsa. I hope to see you in Budapest in March!

You may pass on this invitation letter to your colleagues in Europe.

  -=- Rick

p.s. I am a Trustee of the sponsoring organization, the Society for
Organizational Learning.


Course Description

This course conveys the essence of SoL's mission by teaching new
perspectives for individual and collective learning. It was first presented
in March 1992, in conjunction with the MIT Center for Organizational
Learning, and has since been attended by more than 2,000 managers and
individual contributors from member companies.

This is not a typical management-training course. The course emphasizes
that knowledge is really the capacity for action and that learning is the
embodiment of that capacity. Although it will introduce you to new tools
and methods, it is not primarily focused on tools and methods. It is based
on a simple premise: that there is no better way to learn about learning
organizations and how they can be brought about than to create such an
organization. We endeavor to do so, insofar as that is possible in five

The course invites you to think about your own aspirations, both in and out
of the workplace. It focuses on the principles, concepts, methods and
tools of organizational learning, and how to apply them in an
organizational and personal context. This requires individuals with some
first-hand knowledge in the "learning disciplines" of a learning

Systems Thinking

Certain systemic patterns or "archetypes" are common to seemingly different
personal, organizational, and social issues. Systems thinking teaches us
to see these archetypes and find "leverage points" which allow us to act
with maximum effectiveness and efficiency and to simplify the growing
complexity of our environment.

Personal Mastery

Individuals committed to their own learning and to creating the results
they truly want in their life are the type people who lead continually
learning organizations. Personal mastery allows us to articulate personal
visions and achieve them by transforming stress into creative tension.

Team Learning and Mental Models

True learning involves the suspension of our presuppositions and
assumptions, our mental models. For teams to think together and
communicate effectively they need to transcend the pre-conceived notions
each member brings to the organization.

Shared Vision and the Learning Organization

The spirit of an organization determines its capacity to learn.
Organizational spirit comes from the sharing of a vision. Only with a deep
understanding and acceptance of this common goal are individuals able to
transcend their personal visions and find meaning for their actions in the
context of the organization.


Rick Karash is an independent consultant, whose work covers the broad range
of Learning Organization disciplines, with special emphasis on Systems
Thinking. He is a contributor to The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook and is the
creator and moderator of "Learning-Org." a world-wide public dialogue on
the Internet about learning organizations. Mr. Karash has been a senior
staff member at Innovation Associates, Inc., and has spent nearly twenty
years as an executive in technology-based companies. In 1970, he
co-founded a highly successful computer software firm, Management Decision
Systems, Inc. which pioneered decision support applications in consumer
goods marketing.

Beth Jandernoa is an organization consultant who has worked for the past 14
years in Fortune 500 companies, education and government in the U.S. She
currently works in the business and education sectors in South Africa. She
has served on the faculty of Columbia University and the University of
Michigan's Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human
Resources Management. She is currently on the faculty for the Leadership
for Collective Intelligence course sponsored by Dialogos. Beth has also
partnered with Peter Senge for the past fourteen years in facilitating the
Leadership and Mastery Course and the Core Competencies Course in the
United States.

Agota Ruzsa was part of the Dialogue Facilitators' Project at the Center
for Organizational Learning at MIT, and is a Partner at Dialogos Consulting
Company in Hungary. She is the founder of Ariadne Gaia Foundation, which
is dedicated to the facilitation of human development, and is on the Board
of Trustees of the Hungarian Association of Planetary Consciousness, and
the Club of Budapest. Ms. Ruzsa is also the acting force behind
establishing the SoL International fractal in Hungary.


Conference Fee $2250 (Multinational Companies)
Conference Fee $1450 (SME and non-profit companies)

The above amounts include conference cost, luncheons and breaks for five days.

Note: This amount does not include your hotel accommodations

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: See the complete text of the invitation letter
with registration form and hotel information at


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