Greatest Learning Circles – Observations & Learning from Experience
Working out loud and learning out loud circles can work if:
- People build on each other ideas.
- People know who to hear and jump in with valuable insights, experience, thoughts and resources while working and learning remotely together.
- People know how to use third places for doing so and are digital proficient.
Participating and contributing to learning circles – with or without facilitation – are meaningful ways to actively forge my own insights and knowledge of different industries, cultures, work and learning practices. In this way, I can use what I have learned to advance a project, nurture a new artefact, and keep my ceaseless curiosity alive.
I believe that people are very capable of learning together and from each other, without facilitation. However, sometimes people need guidance or a little push to participate in circles instead of hearing and observing peers only. I see how different ways are done for facilitating or not circles cost-effectively.
Just pick Parisian cafés to hang out with for the circles without facilitation every week and run the circles. Then, the only thing to do is to sit, talk and buy a drink. What is also valuable is exchanges outside/after the circles.
For the circles with facilitation, bring onboard like-minded and self-directed learners/doers, and let the professional facilitator does what he does well. Of course, it involves a personalized toolkit to enable face-to-face and online circles. It also implies that people are comfortable with collaborative and communication tools through a personalized and online doing session.
How do you engage yourself in professional networks and communities to develop yourself and collectively?
“Engagement skills are a core skill family for all community roles — without engagement fundamentals, it is impossible to understand or influence communities.” — @TheCR