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Driving Growth and Innovation in Learning and Development

March 17, 2022

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David Kelly

The Learning Guild

When people ask me why I’m so passionate about learning and development (L&D), my answer is consistent. I believe that learning can change the world. I could see it on a small scale in my early career, working as a trainer in different organizations and seeing the doors that opened in people’s lives both literally and metaphorically as they learned and built new skills. Learning creates opportunities to grow as we develop the knowledge and skills that can expand our careers and minds. When we develop a greater understanding of the world and our place in it, we make it a better place.

The transformative power of learning ultimately brought me to join the Learning Guild, a community of practice supporting technology-focused education and training professionals. Through our community, we help drive growth and innovation throughout the L&D industry. In turn, our community creates new and transformative learning opportunities for millions of people globally.

Our guiding vision best summarizes our work as a community: Together We Are Better. That statement shapes everything we do at the Guild because we learn more when we do it together. In that spirit, the Learning Guild has been a long and enthusiastic partner of Humentum’s mission since 2005. If anyone doubted how providing learning opportunities can truly transform the world, they need look no further than the fantastic work that many of the NGOs in the Humentum community are doing. One example is CARE’s approach to developing a cohort of managers in the MENA region.

As a result of our partnership with Humentum Learning Services (HLS), I have seen countless stories of NGOs changing and improving lives through the power of learning. Their work is inspiring, and we have been honored to support it by making our online conferences available to HLS subscribers. These events provide organizations with over 50 new learning sessions each year, with hundreds more available via an archive.

“The online conferences have helped me stay up to date with the latest L&D trends and tech, and I appreciate being able to attend virtually,” says Bridget Horn, Director, Technology Learning Center at HLS subscriber organization The Nature Conservancy. “It is valuable to hear how other organizations are implementing tools and practices that help create efficient and effective learning solutions while still driving to increase people’s performance.”

And through our Guild for Good initiative, which celebrates and promotes the ability to improve our world via our work as a community, we have also supported a scholarship program at Humentum that enables HLS subscribers to attend one of the Guild’s in-person conferences free of charge. In fact, Krystal Windsor Burnett, E-learning Developer and LMS Administrator at Mercy Corps, received a scholarship to attend her first DevLearn gathering in 2021. You can check out Krystal’s main takeaways here.

I believe that learning can change the world. Our partnership with Humentum helps us make our learning resources available to people who might otherwise not have access to them, supporting their critical work.

Together We Are Better shapes everything we do at the Guild, and it’s the perfect description to describe the valued partnership we have with Humentum. We are honored to be selected as Humentum’s Learning Services Partner of the Year and look forward to continuing to support the NGO community in the years to come.

About the author: David Kelly is the CEO of The Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for over 20 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events.

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