Below is what I have spotted from learning on my own and with interesting people. I also include few thougths to trigger your curiosity and reflection.

Photo shot by Rotana Ty during a flight in Europe.

On Learning Continuously

For modern professionals, learning is not something that happens just in education or training, but happens in many different ways every day both at work and on the Web.

In other words, for modern professionals, learning is not something that has to be organised for them, they mostly organise it for themselves, and recognise that it can also happen accidentally or serendipitously as a by-product of doing something else. Hence, modern professional learning skills are not just about how to study or take a course online, but how to make the most of all the different experiences and opportunities they seek out and encounter.” — @C4LPT

No matter our age, we need to keep learning about our world and then applying it in the most meaningful way possible.

A point across the education spectrum is: No matter if BA, BS, AA, trade degree, or apprenticeship, keep learning, mastering and broadening your insights and skills, and enliven your purpose in meaning and impact.

(…) Continuing our educational path does not end after high school, college, or graduate school. Learning enhances and develops our maturity. More than being wiser, we spend more time working on what matters most for the most people possible.

Pick an educational path. Go forth and always learn!” — @thindifference

We live in a network society. It is now possible to find mentors, fellow seekers, or knowledge catalysts in almost any field. The only constraints are time and some guidance. Faculty should be able to model the behaviours of engaged network learners. If they cannot, they should not teach. Students can learn through cognitive apprenticeship, connecting to external communities and professional networks over the course of their studies.

Why are universities and colleges not doing this? Because they feel they do not have to. They may throw in a course or two on professional development but this is often at the end of studies, when it’s a bit late to start building a network and a body of professional knowledge.”  — @hjarche

How are you doing what @C4LPT @thindifference @hjarche share?

How do you work and learn out loud?

On Hearing & Engagement

“Yes, social is communication, it’s sharing and collaboration but it’s also humor, it’s snark, it’s empathy, it’s thoughtful, it’s spontaneous and it can be calculated. Behind all social interaction is emotion, social media is affective media.

Successfully supporting social in an organization is first about understanding psychology, sociology and then technology. It’s about the voices that will be on the wire, not just the wire. So listen in now. What do you hear? Are the voices in your organization open? Are they honest? Are they cooperative rather than competitive? If they’re not, shouldn’t the wire wait?” — @britz

I thought about that as well in my oldie:

In an hyperconnected society, it is more than ever about attitudes than just technology.

What’s key to understand is how people are using technology and how their behaviors, values, and expectations have evolved. Once you do, you’ll see that technology becomes an enabler for something more natural, creating a culture of learning and collaboration that’s more intuitive, organic, and successful.” — Brian Solis

On Change & Future

As individuals we need to be focusing on our future rather than giving undue import to the past, and on what we can do to make that malleable future what we want it to be.

Collectively it is far harder, because we have different visions for what we want the future to be. This is why we need to build coalitions of those who think along similar lines, so that we can align our thinking and action on a common vision that catalyzes action.

There is only one thing we can change: the future. We just need to realize it.” — @rossdawson

Pondering. My friend and learning partner, @smartco, shared with me when she read my blog post on the convergence connectedness this insight:

“I think divergence is as important as convergence. I remember hearing the British scientist [Baroness Susan Greenfield] talking about how new insight is created. She says new insight begins with challenge and then ‘seeing something in terms of something else’ for example applying parallel insight from another source outside a specific knowledge discipline. The next step is to have an aha-moment.

So convergence of knowledge disciplines, or across past and present, leads to divergent insight that challenges the status quo and moves a body of knowledge forwards.

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