Guiding Principles

Each SoL Community applies SoL’s vision, purpose and the following guiding principles:


Guiding Principle #1

Drive to learn

Each human being is born with innate, lifelong desire and ability to learn. This should be enhanced by all organizations.

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Guiding Principle #2

Learning is social

People learn best from and with one another. Participation in learning communities is vital to their effectiveness, well-being and happiness in any work setting.

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Guiding Principle #3

Learning is communal

The capacities and accomplishments of organizations are both inseparable from and dependent on the capacities of the learning communities they foster.

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Guiding Principle #4

Aligning with human nature & the natural world

It is essential that all organizations and networks of organizations evolve to be in greater harmony with human nature and with the natural world.

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Guiding Principle #5

Well-being and performance

Creating high levels of social well-being is the bedrock of sustained high performance in any social system.

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Guiding Principle #6

Cross-organizational, cross-cultural and cross-generational collaboration

Learning communities that connect multiple organizations and link across cultural and generational boundaries can significantly enhance their capacity for profound systemic change.

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Guiding Principle #7

Core learning capabilities

Organizations must develop individual and collective capabilities to:

  • Sense emerging realities
  • Understand complex, interdependent issues
  • Engage in reflective, generative conversation
  • Nurture personal and shared aspirations
  • Learn through conscious experimentation and correction

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Guiding Principle #8

Positive systemic impact

All learning is manifest in action and results. We aim to achieve practical, on-the-ground innovations for healthier social and ecosystems.

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Guiding Principle #9


Each SoL community follows its particular business model. The model must be built upon financial, governance and membership transparency.

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