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Fortnightly Links no.28

Fortnightly Links no.28

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Who would have thought? Summer is a great time for interesting articles. The plan was for a vacation “best of” picked from old issues while I’m away but I couldn’t wait until my return and risk skipping over some great stuff I already had lined-up so I ended up preparing a full newsletter last week. I hope you like it.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

Ellen Parr (via @psaffo)

The design patterns of work

Work Futures • 6 min read

Here Esso Kilpi discusses the design patterns of work but in doing so, because learning will be (is) such a big part of functioning in today and tomorrow’s workplaces, he ends up sharing a number of insights and characteristics of evolving in the workplace.

Creative, connected learning is at the core of the post-industrial logic.

Creating a continuous learning environment

Deloitte • 10 min read

Starting from some Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends stats the author some interesting insights on the new learning environment in organizations, some actionable items and a short case study of MasterCard.

Third, employees at all levels now recognize that “the learning curve is the earning curve,” and they are demanding access to dynamic learning opportunities that fit their individual needs and schedules.

If You Aren’t Mentoring, You Aren’t Leading

Inc. • 3 min read

The importance of taking time to mentor, of creating space for it, of embodying and spreading the proper setting and habits of learning.

The first is Surrendering: level the learning field so it is power free. Because learning is a door opened only from the inside, surrendering is about partnership and building rapport. Accepting is all about creating a safe, secure haven for learning. Mentoring involves public risk taking; when mentors demonstrate curiosity and encouragement, they telegraph acceptance.

++ You should also definitely read this related one; The importance of trust in knowledge sharing

Why Platforms need to be Engines of Learning

Stories of Platform Design • 9 min read

Simone Cicero, who’s been doing some fantastic work around the design and development of platforms looks here at how they can be engines for learning, using AirBnB as a case study. He also introduces his Experience Learning Canvas.

Learning is indeed a fundamental engine of growth: not only success stories drive more interest and participation from the ecosystem, but the learning process creates skilled participants that increasingly hold a bigger stake in the common platform and care more about its evolution and governance.

4 Ways to Become a Better Learner

Harvard Business Review • 6 min read

Why you need learning agility, what it is, how you develop it. Includes asking for feedback, new behaviours and reflection. A very good overview of the concept.

People with this mindset [learning agility] tend to be oriented toward learning goals and open to new experiences. They experiment, seek feedback, and reflect systematically.


What are questions?

Signal V. Noise • 2 min read

An unexpected answer (and fabulous quote) from Clayton Christensen to Jason Fried.

“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question — you have to want to know — in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.

Wasting Time on the Internet? Not Really

The New York Times • 3 min read

But an educated person in the future will be a curious person who collects better artifacts. The ability to call up and use facts is the new education. How to tap them, how to use them.


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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.