Learning Expeditions

The World is Our Classroom

Learning has fundamentally changed. A simple transfer of basic knowledge from teacher to student is no longer sufficient. Learning has moved beyond the purely cognitive. To create an effective and sustainable learning outcome, it is absolutely vital to impart emotional and contextual dimensions.

Slide We believe that experimentation and
         engaged personal exchanges
are key to triggering changes in behavior and thinking. WDHB Learning Expeditions address these issues through an integrated experimental format, with a human-centered focus as the primary source of inspiration and innovation. practical experiences,

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Learning Expeditions are multi-day strategic discovery programs interweaving immersive experiences of unfamiliar contents, stakeholders and ecosystems with moments of reflection and creative production. Taking participants outside of their everyday comfort zone, they trigger deeply disruptive insights that will push your organization to the next level.

Sample Program

Intro Reflection Allocating time and space for introspection, insight-sharing and discussion establishes the perfect foundation for quantum leaps in a group’s thinking. Intro Session An interactive session sets the tone and the ambition, breaks the ice and familiarizes the entire group with the practices of the expedition approach. Methodology Deep Dive Experimenting with contemporary techniques exposes participants to the tools and approaches of high-performance innovators. Expert Input Targeted interventions of thought leaders offer a lay of the land, introduce disruptive ideas and establish shared vocabulary among the participants. Ethnography Observing end-users in their natural environment uncovers underlying needs and unexpected insights to drive consumer-centricity. Outdoors Activity Letting participants get physical outdoors adds much needed oxygen to the program, reinforces team spirit and creates new drive. Exchanges Engaged dialogues with decision-makers and change makers in reference organizations allow participants to access authentic expertise. Workshops Addressing strategic and organizational issues in purposeful internal sessions allows to drive engagement and generates meaningful creative output. Cultural Dinner Exploring cultural spaces through their culinary heritage brings groups together and allows them to learn while the enjoy themselves. Mixer Setting the right ambiance for perfect crowd to mix and mingle creates the fertile ground for the serendipitous connection or the perfect idea. Panels Bringing together divergent perspectives to discuss issues of paramount importance offers a 360-degrees approach and address questions holistically. Synthesis Workshop Reviewing the inspirations of the program, participants identify insights and translate those into individual and collective commitments. DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 Intro Session Expert Input Exchanges Panels Methodology
Deep Dive
Outdoors
Activity
Cultural
Dinner
Workshops Reflection Ethnography Mixer Synthesis
Workshop
A1 DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 Reflection Mixer Ethnography Panels Cultural
Dinner
Exchanges Expert Input Spontaneous
Change
Workshops Intro Session Outdoors
Activity
An interactive session sets the tone and the ambition, breaks the ice and familiarizes the entire group with the practices of the expedition approach.
A2 Allocating time and space for introspection, insight-sharing and discussion establishes the perfect foundation for quantum leaps in a group’s thinking.. Reflection A3 A4

WDHB weaves these elements together into a purposeful flow, taking into account the learning rhythm of the individual, in addition to the collective change process that a group will go through. WDHB facilitation and on-site program coordination guarantee that the participants will live the expedition as an integrated, seamless experience.

As the global pioneer in the field of Learning Expeditions, WDHB has produced over 600 of these tailor-made programs on four continents. Learning Expeditions cover a variety of topics across industries, functions and business challenges and provide the most demanding of audiences with a platform to grow as individuals, teams and future-forward organizations.

Underlying the expedition design and experience are two simple movements inherent to many learning and innovation approaches:

Divergence by Immersive Experiences is key to opening oneself to a variety of perspectives and linking those insights to existing facts. This creates new realities and forms an essential part of artistic and creative processes.

On expeditions, we enable divergent thinking by curating immersive experiences in global business hubs. Participants dive into various environments and explore radically different thoughts and emotions over the course of several days. The process allows them to go beyond mere contents and explore context and culture alike, resonating with emotional and visceral dimensions of learning.

Convergence through Emergent Learning is described as the counter-momentum to divergence. This is where new insights are mirrored, consolidated, prioritized and translated into action.

Convergence is achieved through a process called emergence: We allocate time and space for participants to review, reflect and discuss experiences – with the ultimate goal of translating and transferring them into tangible actions for sustained transformation. A refined multi-step technique underlying the internal sessions permits individual and collective insights to grow over several days and provides a platform to discuss similarities and contradictions.

Program Framework

The program framework sets context & ambition and gives an overview of all program elements and their interplay as they constitute the participant experience and associated outcomes.

Thematic Architecture

This architecture is a visual representation of the topics and themes to be covered over the course of the program through a variety of interaction formats and stakeholders.

Expedition Blueprint

The blueprint serves as a sketch for the rhythm and flow of the on-site experience giving an idea of the diversity and richness of the various individual activities.

Destination Scenarios

Based on your input, we have identified destinations that offer a sufficient density of relevant examples as well as a positive overall ambiance.

Sample Program

Slide Intro Session Expert Input Exchanges Panels Intro Intro Session An interactive session sets the tone and the ambition, breaks the ice and familiarizes the entire group with the practices of the expedition approach. Expert Input Exchanges Panels Expert Expert Input Targeted interventions of thought leaders offer a lay of the land, introduce disruptive ideas and establish shared vocabulary among the participants. Intro Session Exchanges Panels Exchanges DAY 1 Exchange Engaged dialogues with decision-makers and change makers in reference organizations allow participants to access authentic expertise. Intro Session Expert Input Panels Panels DAY 1 Bringing together divergent perspectives to discuss issues of paramount importance offers a 360-degrees approach and address questions holistically. Panels Intro Session Expert Input Exchanges DAY 1

Slide Methodology
Deep Dive
Outdoors
Activity
Workshops Cultural
Dinner
Intro Methodology
Deep Dive
Experimenting with contemporary techniques exposes participants to the tools and approaches of high-performance innovators. Workshops Cultural
Dinner
Outdoors
Activity
Expert Outdoors Activity Letting participants get physical outdoors adds much needed oxygen to the program, reinforces team spirit and creates new drive. Workshops Cultural
Dinner
Methodology
Deep Dive
Exchanges Workshops Addressing strategic and organizational issues in purposeful internal sessions allows to drive engagement and generates meaningful creative output. Cultural
Dinner
Outdoors
Activity
Methodology
Deep Dive
Panels Exploring cultural spaces through their culinary heritage brings groups together and allows them to learn while enjoying themselves. Cultural Dinner Workshops Outdoors
Activity
Methodology
Deep Dive
DAY 2

Slide Reflection Ethnography Mixer Synthesis
Workshop
Spontaneous
Change
Intro Reflection Allocating time and space for introspection, insight-sharing and discussion establishes the perfect foundation for quantum leaps in a group’s thinking. Ethnography Mixer Synthesis
Workshop
Expert Ethnography Observing end-users in their natural environment uncovers underlying needs and unexpected insights to drive consumer-centricity. Reflection Mixer Synthesis
Workshop
Exchanges Mixer Setting the right ambiance for perfect crowd to mix and mingle creates the fertile ground for the serendipitous connection or the perfect idea. Synthesis
Workshop
Reflection Ethnography
Synthesis Reflection Ethnography Mixer Reviewing the inspirations of the program, participants identify insights and translate those into individual and collective commitments. Synthesis Workshop Change Sometimes, a program lives from a last-minute change, a crazy idea or an unintended encounter. We embrace those with our can-do attitude. Spontaneous Change Reflection Ethnography Synthesis
Workshop
Mixer
DAY 3

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