AIB – a national learning- and knowledge center

Arbeidsinstituttet in Buskerud county (AIB) is establishing Norway`s first national learning- and knowledge center. The County council in Buskerud decided unanimously to establish a national learning- and knowledge center at AIB in their last meeting.

“We are proud of Arbeidsinstituttet, and it it`s especially nice for us to be able to pass on all our good experiences and results to the rest of the country” says representative for the County council, Elisabeth Skogrand. (H)

The background for this opportunity builds on the long cooperation between Buskerud County – AIB and the academic consultant company, Lent AS.

Positive Psychology

AIB is owned by Buskerud County and is a learning place for youth that has the need, for a period of time, to receive another alternative to the regular high school education. 

 The focus is to emphazise the induvidual strengths insted of looking for weeknesses.

Every year there is 170-180 youths attending the AIB program, which is located in Drammen, Kongsberg, Midtfylket og Ringerike.

” I have been following the development over the years and it`s a delight to see how AIB is in an academic development and how they work systematicly to evolve their knowledgebased theory” Says Kari Kolbræk Ask. (Sp)

”The youths are the ones in senter and they are given new posibilities. This way of working is now beeing passed on and it makes me proud” Says Hege Irene Fossum (KrF)

I really hope that this way of working will be spread out to all the high schools in the country” Says Ida Marie Holen. (Frp)


The education in Appreciative Inquiry

It is already established a regional proficiency center based on experiences where you will witness a great external interest and an increasing amount of internal assigned tasks.

The need to keep developing the academic level creates the need for a formal established learning- and knowledge center.

The activity at the center is already started at a national level trough the study in appreciative inquiry that was conducted for the first time in the fall 2011.

The study, which is conducted as an cooperation between AIB, Lent AS and the university collage in Buskerud, has continued to develop and the second module was launched this fall. 150 students from all over the country have attended the first module of the study so far.

“Leaders of the future,” which is a qualification programme for students, teatchers and leaders, was lifted to a national level in the spring 2013. This is an accomplishment carried out by AIB trough the cooperation with the TRH Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit`s Foundation, Lent AS and NHO Buskerud.

The pioneerwork which can be witnessed` at the learning- and knowledge center has created an international interest and it is a goal to create attention to the new ways of thinking about- and working with youth.

Research- and developmentwork

The fact that the county council is the first one to establish a national learning- and knowledge center creates possibilities to attract resources to research- and developmentwork in our region.

This can play a part to make Buskerud county council an attractive academic organisation and be an example both national and international within a growing academic field.

Lent AS represents scandinavias leading proficiency environment within the field of positive psychology and appreciative inquiry.


The only one in Europe

AIB Is probably the only enterprise in europeean context that has used the strength based working methods and appreciative inquiry systematicly at all levels in the organisation at the same time.

The dynamical cooperation between AIB and Lent AS has so far lead to the results that have created both national and international interest.

It has been created research based knowledge and developed tools that have been systematically tested in the Norwegian context.

The use of strength-based theory has been chosen as one of the main tools for the organisation development in the entire county.


Published: February 10th 2014. 

Publisert 20. februar 2014, oppdatert 29. september 2015.