ICSC - City-to-City learning report

Submitted by chrisling on 8 October 2009

City to City Learning report, written by Dr Nola-Kate Seymoar, Zoe Mullard and Marena Winstanley and reviewed by Dr Ann Dale.

This paper provides an overview of how cities learn in the Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network. It has been compiled through participant observation and a survey of members of the Network. The structure of the report provides an overview of the Network, a literature review of organizational learning, and then outlines some of the key characteristics of learning organizations, with a particular focus on local government and the role of networks in helping to generate, disseminate and store knowledge. Barriers to learning are also explored. The survey results are presented and analyzed and further observations made based on the experience of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities and PLUS Network members. The implications for the Network are identified as are areas in need of further research.