When Online Is The Only Learning Option For Your Whole Country

Tomorrow, the next episode of what we’re kind of calling ‘Season 4’ of the Learning Futures Group podcast, ‘Learning Is The New Working,’ drops with a special Holiday goodness for you: a wide-ranging conversation with one of the most interesting people in non-profit Workplace Learning right now, Professor at Columbia & Georgetown Nick Martin.

Nick is President and CEO over at TechChange, which works to connect implementers in public health, emergency response, and monitoring and evaluation functions with relevant content, experts, and certification using its special facilitated learning platform, and which has worked with teams at places like the Compact of Mayors and Unicef.

So as one of the largest providers of online education for the nonprofit and social sectors, TechChange really is right in the eye of the Learning storm, as well as being a Washington DC-based ‘full service learning solution’ social enterprise building awesome online courses for the individuals and institutions trying to make a positive difference in the world.

My conversation with Nick is the latest in a stream of interviews I’m putting together with my esteemed co-host/co-curator of ‘Learning 4 Good,’ Lutz Ziob – long-term colleague, mentor, friend and all-round, proud and out-loud fellow ‘Learning Geek’ 🙂 Lutz, who many of us will know from his many years at Microsoft, including at Microsoft Africa, now runs Ziob Consulting, a company 100% focused on the dynamic interaction between technology innovation, skills and job transformation, and the changing approaches to learning and skills development. And we’re working together on all this because just as I do, Lutz sees digital transformation/the 4th Industrial Revolution, as a truly global process.

That’s why he is so interested on its impact right across the African continent, as well as the opportunities opening up through collaboration between Africa and Europe (and his home country, Germany). Hence our dialog here with TechChange, which is a big contribution to our current in-depth exploration of the global $200bn global aid sector in terms of what it can teach us in the Workplace Learning community.

One of the most dynamic, intriguing, hard-pressed, for sure, but vital parts of the human story, the work that’s going on in the voluntary and NGO space to make the world a better place deserves all of our attention. From government agency to the millions of local helping hands, from the public-private partnership to the intervention of the well-funded tech benefactor, we’re trying to map how the same factors of change and disruption we have talk about in other parts of ‘Learning Is The New Working’ are playing out here.

I really hope you agree ‘Learning 4 Good’ sounds interesting to you, that you have enough time to listen to this discussion with Nick, and if you feel you want to hear more about Learning 4 Good topics, click to subscribe directly to ‘Learning Is The New Working’, where ‘Learning 4 Good’ is running on alternate 2-week cycles with our regular LITNW episodes over on Apple Podcasts Spotify GooglePlay SoundCloud


Chris Pirie

Founder & CEO