Moving beyond our current thinking and opening up new possibilities for learning, action and change

Learning Transformed

We learn everyday and from each interaction. The world has a habit of throwing at us new situations, which can challenge us to think and approach life differently. Education does not prepare us for this. Our most valuable learning takes place, not in the classroom, but through our interactions with each other and in the world and thinking critically about that. Creating spaces for interaction, dialogue and questions about what is happening right now, that can help us to make sense of situations, shift our perspectives and see things in a new light.

Visual Graphic courtesy of Paola Rozo

Visual Graphic courtesy of Paola Rozo


Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.
— Paulo Freire

I am Dr Joanne Coysh, a researcher, facilitator and coach working with learning and social change. Here you will find information about my work and projects, some ideas, thoughts and resources about learning and social change. Over the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of working with fantastic communities and organisations in some of the most challenging contexts. I am always learning so much about both our world, but also my own shifting path. Experiences have taught me that anything can happen, to expect the unexpected and welcome change with an open mind and heart.




Shifting perspectives

I combine my professional knowledge and experience with a personal learning journey of understanding my own place in the world. I explore deep learning that can lead to profound transformation and the methods that promote that. These learnings are put into practice through my work with organisations and groups working with social change, experimenting with different learning styles, creative engagement and participatory approaches through workshops, learning journeys, collaborative action learning, learning circles and individual coaching. These draw on a variety of inquiry-based, creative, psychological and learning theories.

If you would like to explore ways we can work together then please get in touch

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters
— Margaret Wheatley
I have had the pleasure of working with Joanne on an organisational-wide change initiative at VSO. She has bought her hands-on knowledge, experience and integrity to this project. She is inclusive and open in her working style, and not afraid to ask difficult questions or be challenged herself. Joanne has managed to help bring people together from all across the organisation and different functions to help us co-ordinate and link together more effectively, but also help us develop a joint vision and framework for putting quality programming at the heart of everything we do
— Tanya Rahman, Head of Business and Development at IIED