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.
POF teaches conflict resolution through the experiential learning cycle: experiencing, doing, reflecting and adjusting behavior.