WeLearn: Public Institutions as Learning Organizations

Feb 27 – 29, 2024 CEF, Ljubljana, Slovenia No Fee
Jan 29, 2024 Learning and Knowledge Ecosystems

About this learning event

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes a learning organization, including its characteristics, disciplines, and benefits, particularly in the context of the public sector. They will gain knowledge about why and how the CEF operates as a learning organization, and identify similar activities practiced at their institutions. They will also brainstorm on how the institutions can develop further some of those practices.

We will focus on the importance of systematic learning and knowledge sharing. Participants will identify current practices at their institutions and discuss the impact on an organization's ability to deliver on its mandate. This includes learning at individual, team and organizational levels, as well as understanding best practices in capturing, sharing, and utilizing knowledge. They will explore challenges related to developing a learning and knowledge sharing culture, and discuss approaches to address these challenges.

The event will be the opportunity to discuss the culture of innovation within the organizations and think of ways to personally contribute to nurturing such culture. Finally, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their personal and professional growth, understanding how the skills and knowledge acquired can be applied to their current roles and future career advancement.

During this event, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of a learning organization
  • Recognize the CEF methodology on how to become a learning organization
  • Appreciate the role of systematic learning and knowledge sharing
  • Address challenges to develop a knowledge sharing and learning culture
  • Nurture a culture of innovation
  • Enhance personal and professional growth
  • Collaborate with peers and institutions

Who should attend

This workshop has been designed for participants of the WeLearn component under the WeLead project.


  • Vincent Ribiere, CEF Associate Fellow, Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Knowledge and Innovation Southeast Asia (IKI-SEA), Thailand
  • Natasha Ilijeva Acevska, Senior Officer, Leadership and Learning Ecosystems, CEF
  • Vlado Dimovski, Full Professor at the Academic Unit for Management and Organization at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana
  • Simon Colnar, Researcher and Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana


This event is delivered as part of the EU-funded multi-beneficiary project “EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans” (WeLead) implemented by the CEF.

Funded by the European Union