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Fortnightly Links no.19

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A few longer than usual articles in this issue but with lots of good ideas in each. Cultivating imagination, curiosity enhancing learning, multipotentialites and Isaac Asimov.

Why John Seely Brown Says We Should Look Beyond Creativity to Cultivate Imagination (10 min read)

This interview covers a lot of ground, imagination vs creativity, connected learning, surfers in Maui (we’ve linked to that part before), understanding systems, etc. He mentions kids a number of times (as in school) but all of it absolutely applies lifelong.

The real key is being able to imagine a new world. Once I imagine something new, then answering how to get from here to there involves steps of creativity. So I can be creative in solving today’s problems, but if I can’t imagine something new, than I’m stuck in the current situation.

Problem-based work (5 min read)

Esko Kilpi explains some of his thinking around problem-based work. Shared here because he also parallels his “Work can be solving (contextual) problems and learning can be asking and answering questions.”

The quality of both work and learning depend on asking the right questions and linking with the most relevant nodes in the network!

How Curiosity Enhances Learning (7 min read)

An interesting look at some research around curiosity, how it works in the brain, it’s different levels. Followed by some actionable ways to use curiosity to your advantage.

When you’re curious about something, your brain is primed to absorb all information presented around that topic. That’s why you should pair information that is less interesting to you with information that is more interesting. You will naturally remember the more interesting information, but your brain will also associate the less interesting information with it so you recall that better too.

Boykin (1981) discovered that being asked unusual and interesting questions before exposure to material enabled participants to retain the material that followed the questions because the questions pique interest in the material, and therefore stimulate curiosity.

The Future of Work and Multipotentialites (9 min read)

There are multiple names for this type of person; hybrid, t-shaped, etc. This article on multipotentialites is certainly worth a read (even though it glosses over some issues around the precarity of most gig work), for companies and for people looking to be flexible in their career.

In order to succeed in the middle of this unpredictability, organizations need a new breed of adaptive employees that can shape-shift to learn new skills and processes to deal with the unforeseen.

Organizational success in the near future will be measured by its capability to evolve in real time and respond to changes in the global marketplace: this will be enabled by an empowered and adaptive workforce that operates in a culture of anti-fragility.

5 Ways Microlearning Applies To Informal Learning (3 min read)

This laser focus is seen in informal learning, as employees stick with training agendas that focus on job duties. In addition, like informal learning, microlearning gives great on-the-job context to help employees apply what they learn. This on-the-job context is what creates new learned behaviors, which is what microlearning is all about.


What Can We Learn From the Prolific Mr. Asimov? (9 min read)

Nothing goes to waste, if you’re determined to learn. I had already learned, for instance, that although I was one of the most overeducated people I knew, I couldn’t possibly write the variety of books I manage to do out of the knowledge I had gained in school alone. I had to keep a program of self-education in process.

‘I Love My Label’: Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech (17 min read)

the ability to share information globally, not just among researchers, scientists, and scholars within academic institutions or its disciplines, but among all of us – those working inside and outside of powerful institutions, working across disciplines, working from the margins, recognizing the contributions of those who have not necessarily been certified – by school, by society – as experts. Distributed knowledge networks, rather than centralized information repositories. “Small pieces, loosely joined.”

We are more focused on learning than organized education but in terms of ‘digital transformation,’ this is an important story, as Liberia would be completely outsourcing it’s education system to Mark Zuckerberg. (6 min read)
An Africa first! Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention

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Patrick Tanguay

Editor-in-Chief for E-180 Publications. Obsessively curious transdisciplinary thinker and learner. I help connect people and ideas.