4QP Training in Emergent Learning

4QP launched a year-long certification program in Emergent Learning in 2013. Participants typically have included mid-career independent consultants and internal, organization-based practitioners from a variety of sectors. Because of the intensive and highly participatory nature of the program, which included three in-person sessions, the majority of participants came from North America. Over the course of seven years, the diversity of the very active EL community has grown as graduates reach out to their communities to recommend the program to their colleagues.


In 2020, wanting to draw on what we have learned over these seven years, and wanting to make Emergent Learning available to a broader, even more diverse audience of practitioners both demographically and geographically, 4QP paused the year-long program to experiment with offering the program in different ways. In 2020, 4QP doubled the number of people going through Emergent Learning training, in three very different programs:

  • A Bay Area program for foundation staff — originally intended to include in-person sessions, starting in March 2020, but transformed into a completely virtual program
  • An EL Intensive program designed from scratch to be held virtually in 14 weeks
  • An internal year-long EL Community of Practice at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


In 2021, 4QP is continuing to add in-house programs for large organizations. If you are interested in holding a program focused on staff and partners, please contact Jim Stiles to learn more.


Based on the success of our 2021 EL Intensive, 4QP is holding a second open-enrollment Intensive this spring. Registration for this program is already full. We anticipate holding a third open-enrollment Intensive later in 2021. If you are interested in being notified when registration opens, please contact us.


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