Every fortnight (two weeks) our editor sends along a few links with the most noteworthy quote from each article, a way of keeping our team abreast of what’s going on in the world around peer-learning, collective learning and knowledge sharing. We decided to share them alongside the magazine.
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This week I’m including not just learning practices but also a few tools useful when learning with and from others, like a framework to help when tutoring one on one and the importance of asking good questions.
In “Extras,” a fascinating look at how cooperation makes us uniquely human and how we got there.
No one should every really stop learning, education is not something just for students instead it is a cornerstone for anyone to lead a happy, fulfilling and successful life. At Impact Hub Birmingham one of our key interests has always been about learning together, and convening an ambitious, courageous and hopeful community to enable this in a broad range of ideas and spreading that learning as far and wide as possible.
We believe we need Communities of Practice, guilds of the 21st Century in order to continuously exercise collective leadership, exchange of insights, undertake prototypes, develop the field, hosting research, design, development, prototyping, and proof points in the field.
(Explains and announces an event but interesting insight in their thinking.)
When you are driven by an intrinsic need to advance and not only by external triggers and rewards.• When you reflect deeply on your experiences. And when you share your lessons (and process) with others generously so that they can learn (and also contribute).• When you Unlearn (let go of the old ways of thinking and doing).”
(Followed by a nice sketch pulling it all together.)
“Asking good questions is a cornerstone of learning and living. It’s a practice we use every day. So much of our success in life depends on asking the right questions.” The article gives a 5-point guideline with some good tips and also follows with variations applied to the “21st century fluencies.”
Last week we published the product of this, a quality framework for 1:1 interventions. It contains the collected thinking of many organisations working across the UK with young people and schools. It’s already been a valuable process of pooling the understanding of the organisations involved in producing it, but we also hope it will provide a useful resource for others. In particular, we are keen to see how those starting new social ventures might use it to ensure they are not re-learning lessons already hard earned in the sector.
The vision of the OLC is to become a global learning commons for international development. We will convene, connect, contextualize and co-create learning for and with our staff, for and with our clients and development partners. We envision the OLC as a destination for content but perhaps even more importantly, a destination for problem-solving conversations and communities. Today we have more than 300 technical courses across all sectors, 4,000 bite sized learning modules, 300 communities of practice, a robust facilitation of South-South learning, and in the last 18 months alone – 6 MOOCS.
Tomasello calls his theory of cooperation the Vygotskian Intelligence Hypothesis. It is named for Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky, who argued in the 1920s that children’s minds do not automatically acquire skills, but develop full human intelligence only through cooperative teaching and social interactions. Tomasello applies this idea to the evolution of our species. He proposes that as many as 2 million years ago, as climate swings altered the availability and competition for food, our ancestors were forced to put their heads together to survive.
HybridPod, Ep. 8 — Networks (Podcast + transcript)
Bonnie and I do talk about how networks and learning exist symbiotically in society and in today’s structured education systems. Along the way, we also talk about outcomes, identity, power relations, and activism. It’s a thoughtful conversation about a complex topic. I hope you’ll join us.
Stretching the “learning” theme here but a computer beating a human at Go was supposed to be 10+ years away and yet here we are, Google using machine learning / two deep neural networks to win at Go.