Learning from the Leading Edge


a blog to inspire and ignite innovative ideas that shape a better future

At Emerging World we are learners, observers and change makers. We constantly strive to understand new thinking from the leading edge. Here is where we like to share our thinking, what we’ve been up to and the thoughts and ideas of others. It is intended to entertain, inspire and provide aspirational fuel to fire innovative ideas that shape a better future.

 

23 February 2022

Immersive Experiences Build Resilience… We’ve got the Data!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, companies have had to rethink how to develop their people, support civil society partners and deliver any Corporate International Service Learning (CISL) programmes. This has resulted in drastic changes to immersive experience programme design, and at extreme speed. An example […]

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09 November 2021

Using Action Learning to Drive the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Agenda

One of the major breakthroughs of the past couple of years has been how issues of diversity, inclusion and belonging have entered mainstream public consciousness and become a key issue inside corporate corridors. In a recent Deloitte CEO survey, building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive […]

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06 October 2021

Emerging World wins award for Diversity and Inclusion Programme

The World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) announced that Emerging World are the winners of the 2021 WIAL Innovation Award. The award was presented to us in a virtual ceremony at the WIAL Global Conference on 24 September 2021. We are overwhelmed to win this […]

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28 September 2021

We’ve won an Award!

The World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) announced that Emerging World are the winners of the 2021 WIAL Innovation Award. For Emerging World, the biggest challenge we have faced in the last 18 months, has been to take our in-person learning approach, in which leaders […]

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14 April 2021

Team Development for the Virtual Era

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catalyst in the move towards organisations embracing virtual working. Industry announcements, like the one from BP who told 25,000 office-based staff that they will be expected to work from home for two days a week as part of a […]

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31 March 2021

What’s culture got to do with it?

A few days ago, I was in a Tina Turner kind of mood, ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ was playing in the background as I prepared for a workshop on cultural awareness in virtual work environments. It got me thinking about the connection […]

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22 March 2021

Improving Employability Programmes in Africa

Emerging World’s Impact Assessment work helps Microsoft improve its employability programmes in Africa A well designed and implemented impact assessment shows how programmes impact stakeholders. In the world we work in, these might include programme participants and the organisation they work for. It might also […]

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16 February 2021

And this is just the Taster…

In 2020 we hosted the first INmersive Experience Taster session – A half day event that enabled people with an interest in our work to come together and experience how a virtual Immersion programme feels. Six participants from a range of corporations came together virtually […]

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03 February 2021

Supporting our Partners in 2020

One of the key characteristics of Emerging World’s work is how we involve and support organisations and small businesses that drive social change through the experiences we provide. We refer to these organisations as partners and they are an important stakeholder for us, as well […]

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27 January 2021

Team INmersion – Our Experience of Team Development

Introduction As a team, we always benefit from opportunities that help us spend quality time together working on things that nourish us from a human perspective. Opportunities for shared learning, personal development and perspective sharing really feed who we are and help us understand ourselves […]

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14 December 2020

Navigating in Turbulent Times – Our Virtual INmersion Experience

While it is a challenging time, the disruption from the current pandemic also provides an unprecedented opportunity for positive transformation and growth – a chance to shape a better future for ourselves, our organisations and the world in which we live. It’s with this context […]

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25 November 2020

Partner Perspectives: Solidarity Foundation

The latest stories in our partner perspectives series feature some of the amazing partner organisations who have been inspirational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They are organisations that have inspiring stories of courage and innovation to share. The partner organisations that feature in the series are […]

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24 November 2020

Immersive Experiences Build Resilience

2020 has been a challenging year that has tested people’s resilience. We know that Corporate International Service Learning (CISL) programmes shift behaviour because they stretch and challenge participants, but we wanted to further understand how these types of programmes help to build the resilience required […]

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18 November 2020

Learning from Immersion to develop INmersion

As with most organisations, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on how we do business. One of the biggest impacts for our work concerns international travel, which is a significant element of many of the Immersive Learning Experiences that we provide. Experiencing a change […]

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16 November 2020

Partner Perspectives: Agastya International Foundation

The latest stories in our partner perspectives series feature some of the amazing partner organisations who have been inspirational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They are organisations that have inspiring stories of courage and innovation to share. The partner organisations that feature in the series are […]

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26 October 2020

From Global to Local – what Corporate Volunteering can Learn from Mutual Aid Groups?

This time last year, when Emerging World launched the 2019 Corporate International Service Learning Impact Benchmark, I reflected on the growing number of multinational companies that now have international corporate volunteering programmes that leverage their employees’ skills to benefit communities around the world. These CISL programs, […]

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05 October 2020

Re-imagining powerful developmental experiences online

There’s no doubt that during 2020 large numbers of us started embracing online learning in a way that we never had before. Perhaps it’s been a forced migration for many, but people who are hungry to learn may have been surprised at the abundance of […]

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16 July 2020

Time to bring the outside IN!

There’s a real danger that the longer we spend living in the virtual working world, the more disconnected we’ll become from the outside forces that will change our business. There’s a whole range of reasons for this such as big tech algorithms perpetuating the echo […]

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08 July 2020

A New ‘INmersive’ Approach to Ensure we Don’t Waste a Good Opportunity to Learn

Using INmersion to help leaders navigate COVID-19 and look at what comes next. The situation facing Corporate L&D leaders right now is both an unprecedented challenge and a fantastic opportunity. On the one hand, there’s no doubt that in the current context, people need learning […]

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25 March 2020

Partner Perspectives: Playworks

These blog posts feature the perspectives of some of the amazing partner organisations who are a focal part of our Immersive Experiences. At Emerging World, the work of our partners inspires the participants in our programmes in life-defining ways and challenges them to think differently […]

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27 February 2020

Partner Perspectives: Big Brothers Big Sisters

These blog posts feature the perspectives of some of the amazing partner organisations who are a focal part of our Immersive Experiences. At Emerging World, the work of our partners inspires the participants in our programmes in life-defining ways and challenges them to think differently […]

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10 February 2020

The Credit Suisse Global Citizens Program – changing lives forever

In a series of articles, our Corporate Volunteering Lead, Amanda Bowman discusses with organisations what makes their corporate volunteer programmes successful and looks at how their programmes hold up to Emerging World’s new Standard for Corporate Volunteering for the 2020s. The Standard includes a set […]

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30 January 2020

Partner Perspectives: Home_254

These blog posts feature the perspectives of some of the amazing partner organisations who are a focal part of our Immersive Experiences. At Emerging World, the work of our partners inspires the participants in our programmes in life-defining ways and challenges them to think differently […]

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14 January 2020

Taking the PULSE of GSK’s flagship international corporate volunteering

In a series of articles over the coming months, our Corporate Volunteering Lead, Amanda Bowman discusses with organisations what makes their corporate volunteer programmes successful and looks at how their programmes hold up to the Emerging World’s new standard for Corporate Volunteering for the 2020s. […]

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18 December 2019

The Man with the Bag

As the holiday season approaches, it’s all too easy to get subsumed by the tide of commercialism and overawed by the weight of festive expectation. We can easily forget what’s important at this time of year: family. And family comes in all shapes and sizes. […]

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05 December 2019

Partner Perspective: Dream a Dream

These blog posts feature the perspectives of some of the amazing partner organisations who are a focal part of our Immersive Experiences. At Emerging World, the work of our partners inspires the participants in our programmes in life-defining ways and challenges them to think differently […]

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19 November 2019

CISL drives employee engagement

Engagement is defined as an employee’s positive or negative emotional attachment to a job, to colleagues and to an organisation. Being fully engaged at work profoundly influences an employee’s willingness to learn and perform – and has real impact on a company’s bottom line. So, […]

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13 November 2019

Measuring the deep impact of Immersive Learning

Measuring the impact of learning experiences can be a challenge! When employees attend learning interventions, it’s generally expected that they will improve their job performance somehow and that this increase will ultimately have an impact on business performance. However, getting reliable data post learning intervention […]

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12 November 2019

Partner Perspectives: Mom Relaunch

These blog posts feature the perspectives of some of the amazing partner organisations who are a focal part of our Immersive Experiences. At Emerging World, the work of our partners inspires the participants in our programmes in life-defining ways and challenges them to think differently […]

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30 October 2019

3 reasons why your organisation should consider Immersive Experiences

Increasingly we are seeing leading global organisations, including BD, Credit Suisse, GSK, Microsoft, Mars and Salesforce, use Immersive Experiences to develop their leaders and employees. Immersive Experience approaches, such as Corporate International Service Learning (CISL), are not new but they are turning more and more […]

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