Peer learning for municipalities
In the education sector, it’s known as peer-learning or peer-to-peer learning: learners work together in small groups, sharing their experiences with, and understandings of, the challenges they have in common.
In 2015, FCM introduced this model to the municipal sector with the Leadership in Brownfield Renewal (LiBRe) and Leadership in Asset Management (LAMP) programs. Both earned rave reviews from participants, generated valuable lessons that FCM shares with non-participating municipalities, and grew significantly during 2016–2017.
Education research indicates that peer learning produces a better understanding of subject matter. Compared with passive activities, such as reading and listening to lectures, active collaboration involves cognitive processes that embed knowledge more deeply in long-term memory and that support creative problem solving.
LAMP and LiBRe enable municipal officials and staff to expand their professional networks and build the capacity of municipalities to successfully plan, implement and measure the impacts of sustainability projects.