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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In this release we have something of a curiosity focused bunch of articles. Keeping your mind nourished with a “Feeding” article on our own magazine, learning as a gamer, using a book club to propel a startup and ending with learning how to love to practice.
I realized we had to prioritize learning as a culture, or we would never find the time — and be doomed to constantly reinvent the startup wheel.
Being an active learner by connecting with others outside our everyday lives can expose us to a diversity of skills, knowledge, and perspectives. In a creative economy we are only as good as our networks. An effective network encourages us to keep learning. A good community of practice changes our practice. The more often we change, the better we get at it.
The neo-generalist is an inclusive term that incorporates all the different types that appear on the continuum: the specialists, the hedgehogs, the foxes, the renaissance men and women, the multipotentialites, the multi-hyphenates, the jacks of all trades, the Pi-shaped, the comb-shaped, the T-shaped (even if they are often miscategorised, misunderstood) and the polymathic generalists.
“Enabling employees and other stakeholders to quickly form peer to peer learning networks so that your organization can easily capitalize on individual employee experiences.”
“Scale mentoring and development programs very quickly with expert identification, plan creation, task assignments and progress tracking.”
“People who have a fixed mind-set believe that intelligence and talents are largely a matter of genetics; you either have them or you don’t,” Patel said.
“They aim to appear smart at all costs and see failure as something to be avoided, fearing it will make them seem incompetent. A fixed mind-set limits the ability to learn because it makes individuals focus too much on performing well.”
While often not public or widely known, such groups have existed for millennia. They are forces behind great writers, scholars, entrepreneurs, inventors, politicians, social activists, and leader from across society. Some of the most influential people in history relied upon these as sources of support, inspiration, and even accountability. In fact, if you talk such people, it is not uncommon for them to speak about how the group transformed their lives.
From the E-180 Mag:From the E-180 Mag: A Good Hearty Feed
”Everyone is gifted but some people never open their package.”
– Wolfgang Riebe
“We often have to explain to young people why study is useful. It’s pointless telling them that it’s for the sake of knowledge, if they don’t care about knowledge. Nor is there any point in telling them that an educated person gets through life better than an ignoramus, because they can always point to some genius who, from their standpoint, leads a wretched life. And so the only answer is that the exercise of knowledge creates relationships, continuity, and emotional attachments. It introduces us to parents other than our biological ones. It allows us to live longer, because we don’t just remember our own life but also those of others. It creates an unbroken thread that runs from our adolescence (and sometimes from infancy) to the present day. And all this is very beautiful.”
— Umberto Eco (1932 – 2016, RIP)
While there isn’t (yet) a pill that can turn mundane practice into a thrilling activity for anyone, it is heartening that we seem, at least to some degree, to be able to nudge ourselves toward flow states. By giving ourselves unstructured, open-ended time, minimal distractions, and a task set at a moderate level of difficulty, we may be able to love what we’re doing while we put in the hard work practicing the things we love doing.