AR+ Knowledge Action Democracy Co-lab

Action Research Members

AR+ Knowledge, Action and Democracy Co-lab, or “AR+KADC” for short, represents a network of advanced practitioners of action research, AKA global minded change agents and their institutions, who are seeking to accomplish more together.

Founding members include: Center for Healthcare Improvement, Chalmers Institute (SWE); Nyenrode Business School (Netherlands); IDS at U. Sussex (UK), ARAMA, (Istanbul), Center for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience (UK), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (USA), Royal Roads University (CAN), De LaSalle University, Manila, (PHIL), Enlivening Edge (Global).  See more details also below.

We meet quarterly: We improve our own action research offerings through partnership and learning platforms with peers in other parts of the world, we offer resources to help others (and ourselves) progress, we undertake share projects aligned around re-enchanting knowledge creation for a flourishing world. We represent and aim to influence the overlapping domains of education/learning, International development, healthcare, sustainability, community organizing, and leadership development.

Suggested donation by organizational partners in AR+ Knowledge Action Democracy Co-lab is $5000 annually. Contact us if you’re interested in bringing your institution into the network. Click here to donate


Participant Members

Royal Roads University (RRU)  Victoria, Canada

Royal Roads University

At the School of Leadership Studies, believing that good leadership can transform people and organizations, students experience “authentic, challenging, collaborative, and engaging learning experiences through our leadership programs and our research initiatives” in graduate-level programs have been honed over 15 years to continually deliver relevant leadership education that is as much scholarly as it is practical.



The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) Chicago, Illinois


Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides an exceptional education rooted in our commitment to innovation, service, and community.



Centre for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) Chalmers Institute of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden


Our goal is to work with Swedish health care create and disseminate research-based and action-oriented knowledge about how we can achieve a better and safer healthcare. We also want to contribute to the professional development in management and development of health care.


Nyenrode Business Universiteit (NBU) Breukelen, Holland

Nyenrod Business UniversityNyenrode is the only private university in the Netherlands. In 1946, captains of industry from leading Dutch corporations as KLM, Shell, Unilever, Philips and Akzo, took the initiative to start an institute where an action-inclined, internationally focused generation of new business leaders would be educated. Main goal was to rebuild the economic position of the Netherlands and Dutch enterprises after WWII.


Institute of Development Studies (IDS)  University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

instititue-of-development-studiesThe Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.

Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice. We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and evidence are crucial in shaping the changes needed for our broader vision to be realized, and to support people, societies and institutions to navigate the challenges ahead.

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom

agroecology-water-and-resilienceWe have a large and growing international team of researchers who bring expertise and wide ranging experiences to CAWR.

This multidisciplinary team is further strengthened by our association with leading professionals in the Global arena by virtue of their links to CAWR as Honorary Research Fellows and Associates.

Through our well-connected team, we have strong links with other academic institutions and organisations to which many of the team act as Advisers. We also have a growing team of PhD students who contribute to a vibrant and thriving research environment.

Sabanci University – Istanbul, Turkey

sabanciFrom the mission statement: Sabancı University will be a participatory institution that is financially and administratively self-sufficient and sustainable. Sabancı University will be sensitive to the needs of its students, their families, employees, administrators and the entire society.

We will strive to define and make visible all issues that concern us at large, and focus on applied techniques to meet the social and technological needs of the future.  We will adopt an interdisciplinary approach of “learning to learn” to cultivate knowledge, support education and facilitate social advancement.

The University will cultivate its existing local and regional comparative advantages to generate, articulate, uncover and develop leading-edge knowledge in order to create competitive competencies within an international and global context. The University will take active initiative to form and to select international and global educational and research networks.

University of Georgia, EdD in Educational Leadership (UGA – EDD) Athens, Georgia

university-of-georgiaOur performance-based program works in partnership with Georgia school districts to develop outstanding scholar-practitioners.

Our degree prepares you to lead schools and school districts by focusing on every level, from talent management to organizational challenges.




AR+,  Portland, Oregon

Action Research PlusAR+ is a registered nonprofit, member governed association with a small, dedicated staff. We convene advanced practitioners of action research, AKA global minded change scholar-practitioners, who can do more together than without each other.

We connect to improve our own action research through partnership and learning platforms with peers in other parts of the world, co-developing resources to help others (and ourselves) progress, while re-enchanting knowledge creation for a flourishing world.

Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D. is the stewarding ‘hubstress,’ committed to working within the collaborative spirit of action research.


Pen Green Centre – United Kingdom

Principal, Margy Whaley, UK
Pen Green CentreAn Early Childhood Education and Care organization, the staff group appointed to work at Pen Green in the early 1980s were committed to engaging parents as decision-makers in the planning and implementation of work at the centre.

They knew that working in this way was not about compensating for disadvantage. Instead, it was about acknowledging the impact of poverty on the lives of local children and their families, and encouraging families to take an equal and active role in developing responsive services.


Enlivening Edge

Principal: George Por, UK

enlivening-edgeEnlivening Edge is an expression of passion for filling the gap between the present conditions in most workplaces that limit people’s potential, and what people can become in organizations which are re-invented for the benefit of all.

Enlivening Edge has become a media hub including EETV, a community vibrant with co-learning, co-inspiration and co-creation, and a commons of emergent practices and ideas worth improving and propagating. We hope that Enlivening Edge will grow with the movement, and that with every bi-monthly cycle of our online magazine and every project such as EETV, Enlivening Edge will become more and more “owned” by the community.


Networking Action

Principal: Steve Waddell, Ph.D., Boston, MA. USA

networking-actionTo realize our potential and address major complex issues such as climate change, food security, environmental sustainability, health care, governance, and equitable wealth creation requires transformational change at scale.  This involves sustained effort by diverse people and organizations over significant geographic expanses.  Their work involves deep innovation in ways of thinking, acting, power structures, and relationships.

A key aspect of transformation involves development of networks.  They are perhaps the oldest and most enduring organizational form. However, towards the end of the 20th century, inter-organizational networks with diverse participants began to take on new meaning and importance.

The world is still at early stages of knowledge about developing effective networks and transformational change to address complex issues. NetworkingAction supports effective responses to global complexities by advising, consulting.


Management and Organization Department, De La Salle University – Manila Philippines 

de_la_salle_university_logo“Bridging Faith and Management Practice.” Inspired by the Lasallian Guiding Principles and Catholic Social Teachings, we seek to be a leading academic department that integrates faith and management practice through values-based management education and research geared towards promoting integral human development and sustainable value-adding organizations in ASEAN.