Our research is conducted in real-life settings. We work with local communities active in conservation, mining, tourism, agriculture and other sectors. After thorough analysis of the social system, we propose interventions to improve the ongoing processes of sustainable community development. These solutions can make an investment in sustainable development more efficient in time and resources which ultimately benefits the communities, and scientists and practitioners of organizations offering opportunities for development, such as Governments, development organizations and private companies.
POF’s training and learning philosophy uses a non-directive, learner-centered approach in which the participant takes responsibility for, and contributes to, his or her own learning. Training activities encourage critical thinking, multidisciplinary interaction, reflection, and sharing of ideas. We use David Kolb’s learning cycle, which emphasizes that experience is the basis for training adults. Learning is attained through concrete experience, observation and reflection, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation. Our trainings seek to connect the research that is the basis of the trainings to the specific goals of the participants to further understanding and solving of pressing social, environmental and ethical problems.