Learning and Leadership Cooperative


The Learning and Leadership Cooperative exists to create a richer, more connected ecosystem for leaders and learners in Spokane. With a focus on local needs and opportunities, the Learning and Leadership Cooperative helps Spokane become less compartmentalized and competitive through the practice of generative and collaborative social learning. We believe ideas and connections matter. When we convene people with knowledge in the community to address critical issues, solutions - and partnerships to realize those solutions - can emerge.


Who is it for?

The Learning and Leadership Cooperative offers social-learning opportunities for anyone who wants to become a more collaborative, community-focused leader and partner. Participants learn together how to create and build more effective partnerships in cohorts of like-minded civic leaders. Participants may include community organization leaders, government representatives, P-12 teachers and administrators, business owners, higher-education faculty, staff & student leaders, and more. Our learning is enriched by diversity. Think broadly about the educators and leaders in your community, and invite them to join you in the Learning and Leadership Cooperative.

Interested in joining the next cohort?

The next cohorts will start the week of January 18th and will meet bi-weekly until the last week of April.

Sessions will be offered at three different times. Pick the one that is best for you! 

  1. Tuesdays from 9-11 am at The Hive
  2. Thursdays from 2-4 pm on Zoom
  3. Fridays from 9-11 am at the Gathering House 

Session Overview

Meeting 1: Why Engagement

January 18, 20, or 21 (pick one)

Meeting 2: Preparing the Self

February 1, 3, or 4 (pick one)

Meeting 3: Engaging Diverse Partners

February 15, 17, or 18 (pick one)

Meeting 4: Forming Lasting Partnerships

March 1, 3, or 4 (pick one)

Meeting 5: Integrating Your Work

March 15, 17, or 18 (pick one)

Meeting 6: Sharing Your Story

April 12, 14, or 15 (pick one)

Meeting 7

April 26, 28, or 29 (pick one)

Interested in learning more?

Come to our next Open House (Or Happy Hour Event) to get a sample of social learning experiences.

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  • Open inquiry
  • A no-guilt environment (no preparation, just participation)
  • Intellectual humility
  • Everyone has something to offer; everyone has something to learn
  • Expertise is everywhere
  • Growing strong partnerships rooted in respect for local ways of knowing
  • The process and practice of social learning has inherent and immeasurable value
  • The process is the goal
  • Recognizing the knowledge absent in our shared space, and seeking to invite it in
  • Personal and professional growth through and beyond NEW NAME HERE

Who leads this?

Participation in the Learning and Leadership Cooperative is free and is supported by Spokane-area universities, as an investment in our local community. The program is organized and led by PICCE, or Partners in Campus and Community Engagement.

Facilitator Profiles

Brian Davenport


 I hope this program will help my community find better ways of connecting and solving.

A key influence that led me to this work is/was working with Travis and Laurel and Kristine and desperation for better.

Ross Watts

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I hope this program will help my community by igniting interest in social learning that allows a community to identify and solve its own problems.

A key influence that led me to this work is/was relationship. I was brought in by someone who convened the first system in Spokane. I want to be able to support that same network as a full convener or convene my own if I relocate.

Daniel Geiter


I hope this program will help my community connect on deeper levels through sustainable partnerships.


A key influence that led me to this work is that I believe it is one of the most effective ways to create deep and sustainable partnerships between campus and community.

Be part of something bigger

The Leadership and Learning Cooperative uses source materials from the Community Engagement Fellows Curriculum out of Western Washington University.

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