AR+ Co-Lab WorkShops

AR+ Co-labs foster friendly, person-centered spaces as dynamos of good action research in different domains, from education to healthcare, inter-personal relationship, to sustainable organizing. Co-labs invite participants to work within the collaborative spirit of action research.

Each co-lab supports a learning orientation, bringing scholars and practitioners together, prioritizing mutual benefit and cultivating current work and the next generation. We inquire/practice in an integrated way that includes personal/ first-person, interpersonal/second-person and impersonal/third-person inquiry/practice. Involvement in our programs is by donation.

Key Characteristics of an AR+ Co-lab

  • Emergent work, i.e. we don’t know the answer in advance;
  • People affected by the problem are part of the solution;
  • Interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral;
  • Complexity and systems thinking;
  • By donation.

Co-labs Involve

• A dedicated space - virtual and F2F where      sustainable;
• A complex challenge that draws people together;
• Key people who feel a deep need to address that    challenge;
• A facilitative, emergent methodology;
• Results in action and social impact.
• Regular (monthly) meetings.

AR+ Co-labs Overview

AR+ Founders Co-Lab Knowledge Action Democracy

There is room for more action researching institutions, e.g., universities or think-tanks.

Relational Action Inquiry Co-Lab

New cohort forms semi annually, rolling registration for individuals.

AR+ Healthcare Co-Lab

Open to to new members.

AR+ Education Co-Lab

Open to new members.

Monthly program designed to ​extend the practical application of Adult Development Theory

Co-lab on Sustainable Organizing

Let us know of your interest so we can include you in the co-design.


Includes weekly online meditation space and monthly peer cohort program. Weekly and monthly programs may be taken together or separately. Open to all.

​Questions? Contact: AR+ hubstress:

AR+ a non profit 501.c3 organization. All AR+ efforts are offered by donation. There is a suggested donation for participation in all co-labs. Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

Co-lab scholarships for individuals are available upon request and mutual agreement. No one will be turned away for want of funding. Contact Hilary to discuss.

Learn more about each co-lab and register for the one(s) that will best support your aspirations.

AR+ Founders Co-lab Knowledge Action Democracy:

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 who enjoy institutional support, and 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).

Relational Action Inquiry/RAIR

The AR+ Co-lab for Relational Action Inquiry, also called RAIR, is an on-line community of inquiry/practice with a dozen or so women and men from around the world who meet monthly with the intention to inquire into how power dynamics (and attraction dynamics) are liberated/stuck in their (organizational) lives. Not to judge or force change, but to inquire, together.

When else do we do deal with the ‘hot potato’ of interpersonal power/attraction? This co-lab started as a follow up to the publication of Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry, by Bradbury and Torbert. 

AR+ Participative Health

​Open to new members who are involved in healthcare transformation. Emphasis on patient centric, participative and systems oriented efforts. Convenes monthly.

AR+ Teaching & Education Co-Lab and e-Theatre of Inquiry for Educators.

A community of educators, started in 2016, with current members in North America, Europe, and Asia, who are transforming teaching and learning by expanding the use of action research in teaching, service, and research. Convenes monthly; smaller groups meet on ad hoc basis around projects of their creation.

Open to new members (pre-K to grad school) as we focus more intently on: (1) sharing AR teaching materials and developing webinars for faculty, staff, and students; (2) advocating for institutional embrace of action research; and (3) certifying action researching educator practitioners.

AR+ Organizing Sustainable Futures.

In design stage, JOIN US!

​Emphasis is on convening those who care about and wish to practice more democratic organizing in the contemporary work arena with use of participative work place methods (e.g. self-management) that bring reflection and action cycles to the work of “liberating” organizations for a more sustainable world. In design stage. We may decide that sustainability issues, such as climate change are distinct and require a separate co-lab.) JOIN US in co-design!

AR+ Mindful Integrating Catalysts and Activists (MICA).


Welcoming change agents and activists to a meditation space in the Zen style of practice with open awareness. Hilary leads weekly sessions. Expect +/- 30 minutes of silent and/or guided meditation and, afterwards, short Q&A focused on the practice of mindful meditation in the midst of our lives. This is a space for self care and self refreshment, where we can offer/receive the support of community.

Hilary Bradbury stewards this call. She is a member of the teaching circle at the Zen Center of Portland.

"We're cultivating our natural orientation toward the transformative promise of deep silence, compassion and wisdom so that we may benefit all sentient beings."


The words Mindful Integrating Catalysts and Activists that make up the name of the co-lab, suggest our focus: we’re creating a space for action researching change agents as we inquire/practice with integrating first person inquiry/practice as a complement to our usual second person focus.

Hilary Bradbury and Catherine Etmanski co-steward the all. Key theory and practice components may include some, or all, of the following: Adult developmental leadership; Organizational Learning; OD; Group Dynamics; Participative Action Learning/Research; Experiential-conversational learning, Embodied Cognition. Practices of soft systems thinking, Facilitated Dialogue and Arts based methods are especially emphasized to help overcome the preponderance of analytical thought in action research. As is the spirit of action research, we will share facilitation.

AR+ ​Developmental Organizational Leadership & Collaborative Education

​In facilitating transformation, embodying it ourselves, and sharing our efforts beyond ourselves, we integrate first, second and third person practice/inquiry. We thereby develop the Field, cultivating best thinking and practice of like minded colleagues, especially with regard to the verdant mix of vertical development and action research.

Convening a space for inquiry/practice to have transformative "vertical development" become more practical and accessible to educators and coaches who are active (as educators/coaches/consultants) in cultivating leadership capabilities in response to our most complex sustainability challenges.

​Meet The Co-Lab Stewards

Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D.

Steward of Multiple Co-Labs
AR+ Knowledge Action Democracy
AR+ Relational Action Inquiry
Mindful Integrating CatalystsActivists

Svante Lifvergren, MD, Ph. D

Svante Lifvergren, MD, Ph.D.

​Steward of ​AR+ Participative Healthcare Co-Lab


Martin Leahy, Ph. D

Martin Leahy M.d, Ph. D

​Steward of ​AR+ ​Teaching & Education Co-Lab


Marina Apgar

Marina Apgar

​Co-Steward of ​AR+ ​Organizing (Sustainable) Futures Co-Lab

George Por

George Por

​Co-Steward of ​AR+ ​Organizing (Sustainable) Futures Co-Lab

Bjorn Uldall, Ph. D

Bjorn Uldall

​Co-Steward of ​AR+ ​Organizing (Sustainable) Futures Co-Lab

Steve Waddell

Steve Waddell

​Co-Steward of ​AR+ ​Organizing (Sustainable) Futures Co-Lab

​Catherine Etmankski

Catherine Etmankski

​Co-Steward of ​AR+ ​​Mindful Integrating Catalysts and Activists  (MICA)

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