About Us

At Lessons Learned Simulations and Training, we believe that learning is a process.

What Do We Do? LLST offers both open-access training courses and custom-designed on-demand training modules, with a methodological emphasis on interactive tabletop simulations and activities. Trainings vary in style, content, and duration, and can be designed to fit your specific needs.

Via detailed briefings and dynamic logic models, students learn to analyse events the way that different groups of affected people do, to better ensure that humanitarian response efforts are built on common goals.

What Will You Learn? LLST simulations offer an opportunity for participants to:

  • Engage with peers and colleagues in a hands-on, interactive learning experience
  • Practice real-time strategizing and problem-solving
  • Focus on teamwork and relationship building
  • Test ideas, interventions, and responses in a safe environment
  • Engage with new perspectives and viewpoints

Learn more about the benefits of the LLST simulation-centered approach to humanitarian training.

Who is this For? By highlighting immersive learning our trainings promote independent thinking, critical engagement with humanitarian norms and assumptions, problem-solving skills, and nuanced understandings of the political and social dynamics of humanitarian relief efforts. We help trainees better understand the complex and intersecting motivation of various stakeholders, including various aid actors, host governments and their constituents, local CBOs, donors, and—most importantly—the “beneficiaries” whom we serve. Whether you’re just starting out or an established sector expert, LLST can help you reach your humanitarian training goals  by providing the space to experiment in a consequence-free environment and help you break out of your silo in order to see your work from another point of view.

Who Are We?

Course designer and instructor Matthew Stevens has worked with refugees and migrants globally since 2008, from downtown Cairo to the Peruvian Amazon. Most recently, he served as Country Director for an INGO in Amman, Jordan, delivering online higher education to displaced youth.

Course Manager Johanna Reynolds is a global leader in the delivery of professional development courses for refugee response workers.

Matt Stevens (right) and Johanna Reynolds (centre) with guest Amanda Siino (left)

We are humanitarian aid workers, trained in critical doctrines, who have seen the best and the worst of humanitarianism—often in the same place. How Do I Get in Touch? Glad you asked! Write us at info@llst.ca for more information or a quote.