In my futures thinking quest and learning journey, I am now certified by the Institute For the Future as I completed the excellent online course ‘Life After COVID-19: Get Ready for our Post-Pandemic Future‘. Now what?
I share some of the practices, projects and learnings we had with fellow futurists, one post at a time. Let’s start with the project IFTF invited us to do: ‘Make Your First Post-Pandemic Forecast’ through the lens of ‘the four patterns of change to watch‘, that the host of this course, Jane McGonigal dived deep.
Distributed Learning Futures
Pattern of Growth
People in my network tend to shift from using public social networks to private communities of practice and learning communities to keep learning, sensemaking and improving as they felt more seen and heard with psychology safety environment.
Pattern of Constraint
Pods and bubbles of practitioners from different industries and disciplines are popping up like mushrooms. They sometimes create a filter bubble over the same mindset, behaviours, thinking, and actions, amplified over an online communities platform, video calls or audio calls and asynchronous instant messaging apps.
Pattern of Collapse
Pattern of Transformation
Badges, certifications, recommendations, brand identity and portfolio management (side-projects, content creation and curation, clients projects) seem to gain momentum to stand out, not being a commodity in a distributed work and learning world where the learners and competition can come from any place in the world.
The Pattern I Focus On
Transformation. In teams, networks, and communities, we keep learning and experimenting and learning continuously on our own. It is how we can bounce back, be more self-knowledgeable, improve, and be better responsive in a world in perpetual beta.