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Recently a colleague who works for a learning platform company wrote to me with a question about how the role of associations in the market for lifelong learning is perceived. Specifically, he asked,

Why do you think associations aren’t mentioned as often in the broader conversation about lifelong learning/continuing education/re-skilling workforce/college-to-job gap/knowledge economy?

And he went on to note that,

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An graphic showing various organizations that serve the third sector of education

Most of us are aware of and have personally experienced the pre-K through high school system of education that serves our children.

Most of us are also aware of the higher education system that grants degrees to the fortunate among us. (Around 45 percent of the U.S. population holds a postsecondary degree of some type.)

We are all, arguably, much less aware of a third sector of education that quietly serves the millions of adults who have moved beyond secondary and post-secondary education and are now making their way through “the other 50 years,” that long stretch of life in which we are largely on our own to determine how we will continue to learn and grow.

It’s time that awareness rose. Dramatically.

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Perhaps it’s because a bit of spring seems to be nipping through occasionally over the past week, but I’ve got baseball metaphors on my mind. I’m also deeply steeped in our annual Learning • Technology • Design™ (LTD) virtual conference, so those metaphors have been mingling with thoughts about adult lifelong learning. There has always been […]

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Here at Tagoras we help organizations in the businesses of lifelong learning, and we’re in that business ourselves. This is the final post in a three-part series that unpacks a few of the ways we’ve rethought typical learning formats at Tagoras events. (Read the first post, about Curated Connections TM, and the second post, about […]

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Tagoras exists to help organizations in the businesses of lifelong learning and is in the lifelong learning business itself. So,  we’re running a three-part series that unpacks a few of the ways we’ve rethought typical learning formats at Tagoras events. (Read the first post, about Curated Connections TM, on the Tagoras blog.) In each part […]

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Tagoras exists to help organizations in the businesses of lifelong learning—and we’re in that business too. This post is the first in a three-part series that unpacks a few of the ways we’ve rethought typical learning formats at our Leading Learning Symposium and Learning • Technology • Design (which will next be held in February […]

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It’s been five years since we last reached out to colleagues at organizations, learning technology companies, and consulting firms across the association sector to gather their perspectives on what challenges and opportunities learning businesses will encounter in the coming year.  So, we thought it was past time to find out how much as changed – […]

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Capacity and leadership are two of the five domains around which we built the Learning Business Maturity Model. In our experience, capacity—the human resources and technology that can be put against devising and executing a strategy—is an area critical to the success of a learning and education business. In our experience too, capacity is an […]

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What do you get when you cross a lack of strategy with an absence of process and a failure to use data for decision-making? It’s no joke that what you get is a maturity gap—and the findings reported in Association Learning + Technology 2017 make it clear that just such a maturity gap exists for […]

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If your organization offers Webinars – and according to the Association Learning + Technology report, most membership organizations do – you probably realized long ago that you are far from alone. The Web is jam packed with Webinars, many of them free, and a lot of them of pretty low quality. Whether you are trying […]

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