From little things big things grow: From Australia–South Africa Links to International Learning Partnerships in Action A Keynote Address to the World Congress6/10, University of Pretoria, 21-24 September 2003 Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt and Tom Kalliath Abstract This presentation takes the form of an interview between the presenters to set the scene for the Congress. It provides background explanation and a personal view of the origin and growth of ALARPM as a network organization – from its beginnings as a tiny group in Brisbane, Australia, to a worldwide network of people from all sectors of society and from a wide range of interdisciplinary fields. Ortrun will outline seven commonly shared values and principles of an action learning and action research (ALAR) culture through the acronym ACTIONS: 1. Advancement of knowledge and learning 2. Collaboration 3. Trust, truth and honesty 4. Imagination and a vision for excellence 5. Openness 6. Non-positivist assumptions and beliefs 7. Success: Shared success In response to Tom‟s questions, Ortrun will then explain how these seven principles can actually be translated into concrete actions, giving examples from ALAR programs. The matching actions can be summarised in another acronym: REFLECT: 1. Reflection on and in action 2. Effectiveness in using emancipatory processes and methods 3. Feedback from „critical friends‟ and fellow researchers as „learning partners in action‟ and „comrades in adversity‟ 4. Leadership development vision building, emotional intelligence 5. Exploration of new opportunities SWOT analysis, admitting weaknesses 6. Coaching explanation, demonstration, modelling, mentoring 7. Team results presentation, celebration Tom Kalliath in his role as interviewer and process manager will encourage audience participation in this presentation. Some audience participants will have been involved in the Australian-government funded Links Program on “Leadership Development of Academic Women in South Africa through Action Learning and Action Research”, designed to sow the seeds for sustainable development in South African Higher Education.