Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector.
We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world.
The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the not-for-profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists.
understand how Not-for-Profit organisations and their people can achieve their full potential for more impact
improve knowledge, skills, and abilities for organisations, people, and the purpose they serve.
- raise awareness about fundamental challenges and advocate for the Not-for-Profit workforce
Dr Ramon Wenzel, Director Learning for Purpose
Ramon Wenzel, Ph.D., is the Director of the Learning for Purpose initiative seeking to research and realise Not-for-Profit workforce development. He is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Social Impact and Business School of The University of Western Australia.
Ramon draws on human psychology and organisational management to improve the effectiveness, evaluation, re/design and transfer of all forms of formal and informal work learning including training, leadership development, and action learning.
Ramon spearheads a national team comprising a wealth of expertise, experience, networks, and dedication.
The Learning for Purpose initiative was created because everyone in Australia benefits from those 600,000 Not-for-Profit organisations that address social disadvantage, education, well-being, community cohesion, sports, biodiversity, artistic creation, cultural heritage, and more.
Meanwhile, public reforms, growing demand, and increased competition require Not-for-Profit organisations and their employees and volunteers to innovate and adapt to deliver greater impact.
Since 2012 the Learning for Purpose initiative embraces this reality by taking a long term and evidence-based approach to inform and empower all stakeholders so they can reach their full potential for an even better Australia.
On the basis of systematic applied science, we argue that the way forward is not about making people work harder, but let them and their work become smarter. Our ultimate aim is to identify, share, and help implement the most effective means for growing Not-for-Profit people, organisations, and their impact.