Learning Journeys


Learning Journeys
invite participants to step out of their daily routine and to experience places, people, and organizations that are relevant to issues they are working on. Learning Journeys allow participants to break out of established patterns and to experience circumstances and issues from a different perspective. Learning Journeys can also help build relationships with key stakeholders and provide a view of the system as a whole.


Learning Journeys are used in the sensing phase of the U-process. Applications include:

  • Innovation processes
  • Leadership development
  • Strategy processes
  • Prototyping
  • Engage in three types of listening:

    • Listening to others, to what the people you meet are offering to you.
    • Listening to yourself, to what you feel emerging from within.
    • Listening to the emerging whole, from the settings with which you are connecting.
  • Go to the places of most potential. Meet your hosts in their context: in their workplace or where they live, not in a conference room. If you meet people digitally, invite your conversation partners to keep their webcams on.
  • Observe, observe, observe. Suspend your voices of judgment (VOJ) and cynicism (VOC) and connect with your sense of appreciation and wonder.

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How to apply Learning Journeys or Sensing Journeys

Sensing Journeys take people out of their daily routine or context in order to experience their organization, challenge, or system through the lenses of different stakeholders. Sensing Journeys are a key tool and practice for cultivating a capacity to perceive oneself and the system from a new perspective, and to sense new possibilities in a system.  

This course contains

  • Introduction audio file (70 minutes)
  • Sensing Journey audio file (40 minutes) with Marian Goodman and Julie Arts
  • PDF with step-by-step instructions for download

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