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Continuous Learning Inside Out

“Keep moving forward. One step at a time.” — Unknown 

The Value of Learning Capability

Learnability is about always be learning. Continuous learning and experimenting. On our own. In teams. Networks. Communities. Society.

“With increased remote work, rise of gig-based economies, digital transformation and automation, the landscape of work has already started to change in a post COVID world. If the only thing that’s constant is change, skills are the currency that can help us survive in the present and continuous learning is the mindset that can help us thrive in the future.” — Taruna Goel

Do you see mega shifts and your tiny shifts as the world is changing in 2020 and beyond?

“Megashifts are much more than mere paradigm shifts, which usually affect only one sphere of human activity. They arrive suddenly to transform the basis and framework of entire industries and societies. Megashifts do not replace the status quo with a new normal – they unleash dynamic forces which reshape life as we know it. Megashifts radically reconfigure the age-old relationship between our past, present and future.” — Gerd Leonhard in his book ‘Technology vs Humanity

I also have those questions in mind and notice the possibilities:

As scientists warn us, what would you do now as the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event is underway?

Which points do you see in a map of emerging technologies?

What are the impacts of emerging technologies respectively on an individual and organisational level and a societal level?

Which shifts can be done to embrace emergence and ambiguity?

Shifting in a World of Constant Change

Developing ourselves. How can we start and with small steps?

“My view of the democratising potential of social technologies is unwavering. Anyone who wants to now has the opportunity to use these tools to develop future-focused skills and capabilities. Who needs a business school?

Only if accreditation, the rubber stamp, is important to you. If not, and taking advantage of amazing possibilities of being connected to people and information, the world is your oyster. You can do it!” — Anne Marie Rattray

So do you…

Take part in conferences remotely via the backchannel?

Read publications and blogs?

Write blogs posts and think visually?

Read books in paperback or digitally?

Research and synthesize?

Participate in Twitter chats for professional development?

Participate in online courses / MOOCs?

Participate in global remote communities?

Mentor?

Coach?

Train?

Listen to podcasts?

Go to art-tech-science exhibitions/life spaces in your country or region?

Do projects?

Travel?

Practise sports?

Volunteer?

Looking Back to Look Forward

I’ve been on the path of learning continuously in many ways. Experiencing the value of exploring (un)familiar projects. I became aware of the connections between the various skills that I have developed.

It is about embracing creativity and diversity. Kenneth Mikkelsen and Richard Martin wrote in their book ‘Neo-generalist’:

Researcher and digital explorer Rotana Ty, for example, in reflecting on his own experiences living on the specialist–generalist continuum and adapting to contextual shifts, makes reference to the disc-jockey concept favoured by Sanders and Sloly. A DJ, particularly in the era that followed the emergence of hip hop in the late 1970s, constantly borrows from, samples and remixes existing music to create something new. They do in music what the modernist authors of the 1920s were doing in literature; stealing like artists, as Austin Kleon phrases it.(…)

In another variation, business adviser, analyst and occasional jazz pianist Jane McConnell favours the metaphor of the drinks mixologist, who like a DJ crafts something unique from creative integration. The neo-generalist is ever curious, painting pictures, telling stories, mixing, sampling, experimenting, trying to redraw the edges of the map.

Indeed, it is all about becoming a master of your curated and created digital gems to remix them:

“When a D.J. brings a laptop full of music samples to a club he doesn’t play an instrument, but we don’t argue that he isn’t doing something creative in mixing those sounds to create his own effect. In the online world the only thing you’re the master of is your collection, your archive, and how you use it, how you remix it. We become digital archivists, collecting and cataloging things. I find it exciting.

(…) an educated person in the future will be a curious person who collects better artifacts. The ability to call up and use facts is the new education. How to tap them, how to use them.” — Wasting Time on the Internet? Not Really

This blog makes me revisit old posts, combine curated insights from people I learn from, and write down thoughts about trendspotting and skills development. As I have contributed to various projects at the intersection of learning innovation, community management and foresight, I am also open to exploring possibilities.

What if we identify and leverage the emerging trends, technologies and practices to transform the learn-work space? 

Learning Concierge helps and supports individuals and organisations to take responsibility for their continuous self-improvement and development. By providing personal and responsive advice mapped to best-in-class practices, individuals can find new ways to overcome workplace performance issues. Discover smarter ways of learning, get ahead, win the race.

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