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ARLF Progam Update #3 – 13 August

14 August 2020

Since our last update in March, we have reviewed our program design and are adapting it to accommodate the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. We have also looked at how we deliver our programs, including options other than our traditional face-to-face learning, and have invested in learning platforms and technology.  We have spoken with, and listened to, our program participants to understand how we can best support them to achieve their leadership goals.

After this intensive period of consultation and review, I am very pleased to inform you of our commitment to re-launching our programs starting this October.  Please refer to the link below for a program update.

As you would be aware, our leadership programs rely on challenging, place-based learning for diverse groups of people.  We build the capacity of people to mobilise networks in their community and to act beyond themselves, to create action and change.  These hallmarks of our approach will not change.

We remain committed to:

  • convening cohorts of people who are eager to be challenged and supported to develop their leadership practice and behaviour.
  • removing the barriers for participation in leadership development for people in remote areas.
  • designing and delivering programs that are unique, thought-provoking, interactive and action based.
  • connecting our program alumni across jurisdictions, borders and personal agenda to contribute positively to rural, regional and remote Australia.

We are exploring the feasibility of convening sessions for groups of participants within the parameters of COVID-19 borders and social distancing limitations. In states or regions where this is not possible, we will engage with the cohort of participants using multi-media and virtual learning.  We will continue to look to find ways that foster authentic engagement in all our programs and activity, as we do in face to face interactions, to build trust and embrace collaboration.

We refer to these learning methods as ‘multi-modal’ and they include:

  • software used as a platform for accessing program materials.
  • participants interacting together in localised groups and with others supporting their learning face-to-face in conjunction with online sessions.
  • facilitation via multiple delivery methods including virtual reality, video conferencing and facilitation software to support face-to-face experiences, delivered with the support of our national alumni network and external facilitators.
  • individual participant engagement in their organisation/sector/community.
  • time and space for reflection of the learning experiences along with planning leadership growth with the support of a mentor/coach.

Our program design and delivery will continue to offer experiences and challenges to achieve the following learning intentions that reflect the six components of leadership – Awareness, Adaptation, Authenticity, Affiliation, Advocacy and Action.

Our team will provide updates as the COVID-19 pandemic transpires, and all program cohorts and partners will be fully briefed on COVID-19 operational requirements well in advance of program commencement. 

Thank you for your continued investment in developing leadership capability, so we can all realise our shared vision toward a thriving rural, regional and remote Australia.

Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive