Last spring, we created a print magazine, a limited run “Issue Zero” we shared with partners, clients, collaborators and friends. This exclusive not-for-sale prototype got a fantastic response and a number of people who got a glimpse or read one or two articles have asked to have a look at the whole thing. We have no plan for distribution but we thought we’d share the articles here so you can at least read through the whole thing if you wish.
Below you will find my editorial, it explains some of our thinking in producing an artefact of our research. It’s followed by brief descriptions of each articles and links to the originals. This print issue was assembled from a selection of our own articles here and from some of our favorites originally shared through our Fortnightly Links newsletter so everything is already online. And of course we got permission from everyone.
It was designed by Tania Jiménez.
The best way to fully grasp an idea is to hold the printed page in your hand, to read it in a tightly focused manner, to annotate and highlight as your eyes travel down the page. And—contrary to what some “appification” believers might have you think—that experience is still, in many ways, best delivered on paper.
As I’ve experienced first hand co-editing The Alpine Review for a few years now, the print object is also a great way to assemble people around ideas, to take stock of a specific moment in time, to nail down a set of opinions. It’s something to come back to later to assess progress, victories and failures, to look at accomplishments and also to look ahead.
For all those reasons, we at E-180 feel it’s time to take stock, to place a milestone and create something we (but more importantly you) can hold in our hands, think with, write on, share with colleagues, come back to and use in the world.
You are currently reading our limited edition “Issue Zero,” filled with features selected from our online magazine and great articles pulled from our newsletter. Think about it as a prototype to start fleshing out the process of creating a publication, to find out how this can work within a company like E-180, to broaden our network of collaborators, add our voice to the global discussion on the future of learning and to find out what people like, don’t like and what they want to see more of.
We believe that to always keep learning is the best strategy a person, group or organization can adopt (and live) to remain effective, active, relevant and, well, happy.
We don’t focus on a specific set of tools and practices. Instead, we look, think about, and share how people learn today. While keeping alive and present our love for how people learn together.
We are not making the PDF publicly available but if you’re interested, email us at email@example.com, we’ll send a link to the PDF, no strings attached.
Research & Learning
The online magazine, newsletter and this print version are all projects from a small team we’re calling Research & Learning (R&L for short). E-180 is all about helping people learn from each other. We feel that, as an organization, we also have to be constantly seeking answers, assembling ideas and growing our knowledge. And then sharing internally, with our community, our clients, and with people around the world.
R&L is about seeking to advance our knowledge and then applying it. To products and services, our team, our day to day and of course in how we work with our clients. These investigations generate ideas for prototyping products, enhancing our consultancy services, unveiling topics for our magazine and newsletter, material for talks given at conferences and even structuring the early stages of a book.
We ask questions, seek answers, come up with our own or with the most fascinating solutions and practitioners, we create things and share our findings. We Seek.
by Kenneth Mikkelsen and Harold Jarche (Drucker Forum Blog)
“To find their way in societal shifts, leaders cannot rely on old maps to guide them. Reinvention and relevance in the 21st century instead draws on our ability to adjust our way of thinking, learning, doing and being.”
by Christopher Myers (Harvard Business Review)
“Many of the things we need to know to be successful – to innovate, collaborate, solve problems, and identify new opportunities – aren’t learned simply through schooling, training, or personal experience. Especially for today’s knowledge-based work, much of what we need to know we learn from others’ experiences, through what’s called vicarious learning.”
We Learn More When We Learn Together
by Jane E. Dutton and Emily Heaphy (Harvard Business Review)
“We rarely grow alone. In fact, some psychologists have made a compelling case that we only grow in connection with others. However, we don’t need to learn with others in formal training or development programs: we can architect our own opportunities to gain insight, knowledge, and skills that move us on an upward trajectory. We can have more control over our learning at work if we make building high-quality connections a priority.”
Signal, Space, Structure
by Christina Xu (Medium)
Experiences of designing for communities of interest. How to craft a signal, find and setup a space, what kind of structure to give (or not) to foster these communities.
A Good Hearty Feed
by Nicola Robey (here)
Stranger Collective’s core team get 10 hours each, per month to explore, Feed, find new things to learn and grow from. Nicola explains how and got some impressions and examples from her colleagues.
by Peter Bihr (here)
How a small team can collectively approach a topic, dive into various aspects of it on their own, each write short chapters, get together, collaborate. Here’s the process.
Learning Another Language Made Me a More Empathic Designer
by Ceara Crawshaw (here)
Ceara explains how, by taking cues from others’ use of language as she was learning, became a better listener, a more empathic person and a better designer.
Emerging Edtech Futures
by sava saheli singh and Tim Maughan
We finished the magazine with a bit of design fiction. sava and Tim wrote four personas which “aimed to illustrate the possible impact on society and education, in both positive and negative ways, of not just emerging technologies but also global social and economic trends.”
Note: I used the titles as we used them in print, you’ll notice we reworked many of them. For some the subtitles in the magazine rounded off the “missing parts” while we felt some other titles simply presented some pieces better in the context. Thanks again to all the authors.
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