What Participants are saying about the Virtual Lab:

“The initial readings made me feel as if I was arriving home. That has continued to be true. The work in between sessions strengthens the learning, and I like participating in the course over an 8 week period, so that I can continue to see these issues and opportunities play out in my day to day work. The discussion boards and small groups have been effective in generating a community among us.”

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"I'm learning to listen and engage our members, as well as exercising humility and patience to listen and build consensus, rather than go with my own ‘good ideas.’”

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“I plan to use what I have learned to focus on how my work impacts the communities that I serve. I plan to listen to those communities more to understand what their aspirations are.”

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“Now, anytime I plan a meeting, I’ll think about how the actions or topics are perceived by the audience. Am I focused on me and my organization or on the needs of the audience?”

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"Throughout my 24 year career, I have never learned outward turning skills. I thought our library was very successful in activities and popularity. This workshop is innovative and powerful."

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"I'm learning many valuable tools and approaches that will make the work I do more meaningful to the people I serve. On a broader level, the classes each week leave me feeling generally optimistic and inspired that each person has the ability to engage and connect with others in a way that fosters a deep sense of support and change."

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"(This course) is challenging me to think about my role in the community differently."

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"Much of the content intuitively feels right and in alignment with my natural approach, but understanding a formal methodology and putting a language to it makes it all the more powerful."

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"I am learning how to engage my community which will result in an institution that is in sync with the people it serves."

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"The readings have been great. I appreciate thinking about the theory behind Turning Outward. The comment posts are also great to talk through real-world examples."