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

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:

What would you do now as the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event underway as scientists warn us?

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 on paperback or digitally?

Research and synthesize?

Participate in Twitter chats for professional development?

Participate in online courses / MOOCs?

Participate in global remote communities?




Listen to podcasts?

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

Do projects?


Practise sports?


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 post makes me revisit old posts, combine curated insights from people I learn from, and write down thoughts related to 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 explore the possibilities.

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

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  3. […] In a world of constant change, what does it take to develop our inner and outer resilience? .@sahana2802 shared an interesting blog post via Twitter:“Watch your intentions, they become the way you contribute to the design of the world you live in. Watch how and what you design, it will shape the culture you live in. Watch the culture you live in; it will shape how you see the world. Watch how you see the world, it will shape your intentions. The cycle continues. We are bringing the world into being. We are bound to make mistakes. We learn through making mistakes. They help us to change our attitudes and responses. Being forgiving with ourselves, so we can be forgiving with others, is also a good practice for developing inner resilience.” – Daniel Christian Wahl via @sahana2802 […]

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