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‘Release your learning genius’ at LT Summer Forum with Sponge and Axonify

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Some of the world’s top innovators are the inspiration for change and new ideas in workplace learning at the biggest learning technologies event in Europe this summer.

Kate Pasterfield, Sponge UK
Kate Pasterfield, Sponge UK 

Kate Pasterfield, Head of Innovation at Sponge UK, and JD Dillon, Chief Learning Architect with Axonify will be presenting a free seminar during the Learning Technologies 2018 Summer Forum at Olympia, London focusing on ways of thinking differently about learning, using inspiration from famous innovators in business, entertainment and beyond.  

The session, Release Your Learning Genius: 5 Ways To Think Like An Innovator, takes place on 12 June in Theatre 2 from 2:30 - 3:00pm. 

Kate and JD will warn that L&D needs to embrace innovative workplace learning, or risk being left behind. 

“Those who innovate, who are prepared to challenge long-held assumptions, achieve results beyond their expectations, “explains Kate. 

“Our aim is to learn from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. We hope people will leave the session buzzing with ideas about how they can approach workplace learning differently and apply innovation to their own organisational challenges.”    

Kate and JD believe L&D can gain inspiration by looking outside the sector to see what it is that sets the world’s top innovators apart.  They’ll be asking: “What is it about their creativity, passion and mindset that drives them to achieve incredible results? And how can we apply some of their genius to learning right now?” 

JD said: “We live in an age of disruption. It has never been easier to bring innovative ideas into reality. Technology is helping us solve problems in new ways, but it is also redefining how we relate to and work with one another. This is a critical inflection point in workplace learning. We want to challenge people to look critically at their established practices and take inspiration from those who applied an innovator’s mindset to redefine their craft.” 

The session will link innovation to real life results and offer practical ways for attendees to rethink learning in their own organisation. Attendees will also learn how to: 

  • Understand the importance of creativity in helping people learn
  • Prove the business impact of learning
  • Make the right choices about emerging technologies
  • Put the user at the centre of everything
  • Reimagine one of the oldest, most overlooked innovation tools     

Release Your Learning Genius: 5 Ways To Think Like An Innovator is one of over 30 free seminars at the Summer Forum. The event follows up the Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference in February and is an opportunity for learning professionals to network and further explore the big topics that emerged from February’s event. 

The Sponge UK team will be on hand at Stand 13 in the exhibition space speaking to visitors about the role innovation plays in powering performance in global organisations. 

More about Kate & JD 

Kate Pasterfield is Sponge UK’s award-winning Head of Innovation. Kate leads a team of creatives developing emerging technologies and applying them to workplace learning to enable organisations to access ground-breaking learning that is achieving measurable results. She is a gold winner of Learning Designer of the Year at the Learning Technologies Awards. 

JD Dillon has been a global player in workplace learning for 20 years. He has executed learning and performance strategies for big-name brands, including The Walt Disney Company, Kaplan, and AMC Theatres. He is now Chief Learning Architect with Axonify, where he solves business problems for leading organisations through modern learning practices and cutting-edge technology.