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Distributed Learning Futures Project

I am now certified by the Institute For the Future in my future thinking quest and learning journey 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.

Project Title

Distributed Learning Futures

Pattern of Growth

People in my network tend to shift from 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 a psychology safety environment.

Pattern of Constraint

Pods and bubbles of practitioners from different industries and disciplines are popping up like mushrooms. Unfortunately, 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

With video calls fatigue, I notice that embodied exploration and holistic health management are not taken into consideration and action by people who learn from anywhere and anytime.

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. 


What patterns of change related to distributed learning do you see? Which one do you focus on?


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