we are a dynamic duo


We give keynotes at public conferences,  academic conferences, and closed events. This can be online or face-to-face. In both cases, we always try to include some interaction with the audience, either as part of the keynote or in a follow-up session. 

We prefer joint keynotes, in which we can interweave our diverse experiences and perspectives. 

We can cover a range of topics related to social learning theory and practice. The precise theme is decided in conversations with conference organizers. Examples of recent themes include:

  • Communities of practice in and across organizations
  • Myths and half-myths about communities of practice
  • Dimensions of maturity in communities of practice
  • Learning to make a difference – the art of creating social learning spaces
  • Learning to make a difference: professional and organizational development through social learning 
  • Learning to make a difference: value-creation in social learning spaces
  • Systems convening: leadership for the 21st century 
  • Social learning theory and practice: in the weeds and on the hill
  • Communities of practice: the history of a concept
  • Social learning theory: recent developments


Webinars take place online and the group is smaller than for keynotes (up to 25 people). Webinars are more interactive. The presentation section is shorter, with more discussion and small-group conversations. Some webinars are just conversations led by participants or a facilitator.

Conversations with the authors

We enjoy discussing our work with people who could benefit from what we call a “conversation with the authors.” These are usually held online. They could be relevant to a college class or a reading group. where participants are reading one of our books and are keen to discuss what they have read with the authors.  

We have found that students rarely get to meet the authors of the books they study. They value the experience immensely, not only to gain some insights and clarifications about the text, but also to discover the human beings behind the ideas.