Geoffrey Caine, Idyllwild, California


Organization(s): Natural Learning Research Institute
Position(s): Executive Director
Work Setting: National/Regional Non-Profit Organization
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What I Do
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    Interest Groups
    Social Entrepreneurship, Professional Learning Communities, Philanthropy Education, Organizational Change, Leadership Development, 21st Century Learning/ Global Education, Socio-Emotional Learning, Spirituality

    Where I Work
    Suburban, Urban (large city), Urban (small city), Rural

    Who I Work With
    Community-Based Organizations, Higher Education, K-12

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    Short Description of My Current Work
    I give talks, conduct seminars and workshops, consult with schools, write, facilitate conferences and participate in joint ventures with kindred spirits on issues of mutual interest. My favorite current project deals with productive philanthropy: I am working with some of those who give to education to find common ground in their views of learning, teaching and system change in order to make giving more productive and successful.

    Professional History
    I began life teaching law in Australia (after a stint of graduate school in the US.) I discovered that I love learning and teaching and doing both in community, but did not want to be a lawyer. After resigning to see the world, I became the education manager of a software company, Director of ASTD's mind/brain network, and had assorted other jobs and roles in human resource development and adult education.

    In 1986 I married a professor of education in the US. We wrote a book together ("Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain") and I found myself working with educators around the world. That led to other explorations and books about such issues as the link between how people teach and how they perceive themselves and the world.

    This was all part of a personal search for meaning and connectedness that took me to the notion of service in a way that finally made sense. I began exploring ideas such as servant leadership, and became involved in sometimes controversial community activities (e.g. as president of our local chamber of commerce).

    A few years ago I helped to found, and found my home as the Executive Director of, a non-profit: the natural learning research institute. That has been the direct bridge to service-learning.


    Professional Expertise/ Passions
    I have three primary and overlapping interests. One is how people learn naturally (sometimes called brain/mind or brain based learning), and in the research foundations of natural learning. That translates into an approach to teaching and to professional development, one aspect of which is the art of helping others process or learning from experience.

    A second interest is in professional learning and working communities. I explore this from many perspectives, ranging from communities of practice through the learning organization to the art of hosting. My core "tool" is what we (my colleagues and I) call process learning circles. They combine deep listening, reflective practice and some other elements.

    A third interest is what I call process leadership. It is the art of creating conditions that make it easier for others to learn and succeed

    What I'm Most Excited About in My Current Work
    I most love helping to facilitate or participate in learning communities of different types. I also really enjoy helping others become process leaders and coaches for learning communities. I still love to write. And I have just discovered the joys of web-site design.


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