Helen Blunden

Helen Blunden2018-11-26T14:03:50+00:00

Helen Blunden


Helen is the Managing Director of Activate Learning Solutions and has over 23 years of experience within learning and development across private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

With a specialty in performance consulting and social networked learning, she believes that organisations need new skills to navigate through a complex world of constant change.

Helen has a passion for enabling people to learn beyond the traditional tools.  She believes in the power of networks and communities supported by social tools that drive collaboration, meaning and engagement in the work.

Helen believes that the “learning is the work and the work is the learning” – the tools are instruments that enable us to connect with peers who can inspire us with fresh new ideas so that we can apply them into our own personal or professional contexts.

With experience across all forms of learning, from facilitator-led instruction, online and blended, virtual and social, she practices what she preaches.  She is an active user of social tools and emerging technologies and uses these with her clients to put the fun, exploration and curiosity back into learning.

Helen presents at various conferences around Australia on how people can use social media to build and create global peer networks for personal and professional development as well as build their online reputation.  She is also an Associate Member of the Learning and Performance Institute in the UK as well as the Member of the International Performance Improvement Society in the USA.

Helen is the founder of Third Place  www.meetup.com/Third-Place an informal social networking community of Learning Professionals across Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Brisbane to meet, share and learn from each other in person and through social media.

Area of eXpertise

Learning within Communities (Social Learning); Social Media and Networks for Learning; Personalised Learning and Performance Consulting.


Helen wants to bring history alive in some way so the past is never forgotten. She harbours a secret desire (well, not so secret anymore), to uncover and explore the curious and forgotten stories of local historical sites in my community and the characters that lived in them.

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