ALCN Helps to Grow Learning Communities

Smart City Forum 2020

The Australian Learning Communities Network Inc (ALCN) is a national network of leading-edge practitioners building sustainable communities using learning as the key element.


Sharing Insights – Australian Learning Cities: global to local – local to global (4 May – 4pm AEST)

This Webinar is the first time that our Australian Learning Cities have come together to discuss how their cities and communities address the big issues facing communities around the world (for example, climate crisis, the public health challenges, rapid technological change, changing world of work, inequality, gender equality, peace…) at a local level through a commitment to lifelong learning.  (Canning City Council, Circular Head Council, Melton City Council, Wollongong City Council, and Wyndham City Council).

The opening address will be given by David Atchoarena, Director of the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning. David will speak about why learning cities are important; and reflect on learning city  achievements and outcomes which were shared at the UNESCO 5th International Conference on Learning Cities,  and why continued international exchanges of good practice, and why a commitment to lifelong learning principles is so important particularly at this time.

When: Wednesday 4th May @ 4pm AEST; 8am CEST
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Free

You can find information about the webinar on this page and register here:

Our partners for this webinar are Adult Learning Australia (ALA), UNESCO UIL and UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

2022 Learning For Earning Festival

Learnwest network are facilitating a free 2-day virtual event designed to inform job seekers, those changing careers and looking at different pathways to employment from 25 May – 26 May 2022.

Gain knowledge in starting or changing careers, learn about dominant and emerging industries and discover opportunities for the future!

Check out the range of online workshops and webinars and explore pathways to a rewarding career.


Signature events include:

  • Opportunities in the West – Employment Forum Wed, 25 May 2022 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEST
  • Meet the Major Employers in the West Thurs 26 May, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AEST
  • Want to Work in Local Government? Thurs 26 May, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm AEST


More information, all event details and registrations can be found Here

Download a brochure here

Ripples March/April 2022 Newsletter

The ALCN Ripples Newsletter for March/April 2022 features information about our Sharing Insights – Australian Learning Cities: global to local – local to global Webinar (May 4, 4 pm AEST); Friday Forums, our AGM, a call out to help with the Global Learning Festival and more. Enjoy reading.

The March/April  2022 newsletter is here,  with past issues available here.

Friday Forums – Sign up for this Community of Practice

Join your ALCN colleagues from Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales for an informal discussion on different aspects of building a learning city.

Four themes have been identified as topics of interest over four sessions:

  • Friday 6 May 3-4 pm:
    What do learning cities do? Exploring learning city initiatives
  • Friday 3 June 3-4 pm:
    Mapping lifelong learning assets in your organisation and city
  • Friday 1 July 3-4 pm:
    Evaluating the efforts, outcomes and impact of learning city/lifelong learning initiatives
  • Friday 5 August 3-4 pm: Localising the Sustainable development Goals for your learning city

Each session will encourage participants to share their different approaches, the challenges they face and their wins. Come join in the conversation!

Email Lara Pugh Project Leader Learning City at Wollongong City Council if you’d like to participate.


Get involved in the Global Learning Festival for 2022!!!!

The Global Learning Festival (GLF), returning in November 2022, seeks to provide unity and connection to communities all over the world. Throughout 2020 and 2021 the festival has welcomed learners from all over the world of all ages to participate in online events covering a myriad of topics.

Festival organisers are looking to expand the reach of this celebration by inviting you to be involved in the 2022 festival.

Get in touch with festival organisers if you or your organisation would like to deliver an online event on your choice of topic*.


Enable Social Enterprises – Renew Tech for Good Initiative

Hume Learning Community

Written by Julie Mckay, Founder and Director, Enable Australia

Since 2015, Enable have supported hundreds of people from disadvantaged backgrounds to connect with community, environment, and improve their prospects of employment through innovative work and learning programs.

Enable operate commercially in the Computer decommissioning and recycling, warehousing, fulfilment and storage and Online Retailing sectors with 100% of the profits from trade re-invested to operate and support a total of nine (9) work and learning stations to support participants with skill-building, confidence, and career decision-making.

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Feature Paper

Report of the UNESCO International Commission on Futures of Education Paper

Reimagining our Futures Together:
A New Social Contract for Education
Some perspectives and questions for discussion
by Peter Kearns, AM

UNESCO and lifelong learning
This report follows a line of important UNESCO reports on education and lifelong learning. The best known are the Faure report Learning to be (1972) and the Delors report Learning: the treasure within (1996). The Delors report is best known for the four pillars of education – learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and learning to live with others, and learning to be. These broadened the objectives of education in important ways.

Reimagining our Futures Together
The latest, important UNESCO report on education and learning was released in November 2021 after an extensive enquiry over a year and a half by the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education. It followed the earlier global reports with the objective to rethink the role of education at key moments of social transformation (2).

Read more here

What is a Learning Community?

A learning community is one that address its own learning needs through partnership. It uses the strengths of individual, social and institutional relationships across sectors to bring about cultural shifts in the perceptions of the value of learning. Learning communities explicitly use learning to enhance social, economic, cultural and environmental conditions on a sustainable, inclusive basis.

Image: Ballarat Work and Learning Centre receiving certificates for a cooking class.

ALCN acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors and Elders, past and present, of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.