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Fortnightly Links No.35

Curiosity • Slack • Holmes • Facts • Talent

The holidays are coming soon(ish), there will be some sort of end of year issue of this newsletter the week of January 2nd. If you have a favorite article we covered, be sure to email and tell us about it. Secondly, on the magazine we started a new series where we’ll be asking the same four questions from various people, to see how peer-learning helps them in their hobby, job, passion. We got started with local cafe owner / barista Chris Capell.

The Art of Curiosity

Ian Sanders • 9 min read

Sanders presents “a manifesto for living a more curious life.” What if you became more curious, how companies are born from it, taking licence to be, unplanning, listening and 6 ways to inject curiosity in your life.

But I had been in the right mindset: my curiosity senses were heightened and I took action to turn it into something tangible.

How we approach professional learning at Slack

Slack HQ • 2 min read

It’s always interesting to look at Slack practices, they are innovative and very human in their approach. Here we see how they use a pull model, active learning and communities for their professional learning.

We’re always looking for the intersection of learner curiosity and business needs. Because we spend a lot of time talking about our goals as a company, this happens quite naturally.

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes Pt.II: Cultivate What You Know to Optimize How You Decide

Big Think • 6 min read

A bit of a quirky one, starting from Holmes’ idea of the mind attic and keeping it uncluttered and organized. It ends with how the internet affects that and some thoughts on “[h]ow to exploit expanded storage without subverting our mind attics.”

Here’s the crucial point: even if everything is there, it is rendered useless if we don’t know what we need to access and what we need to sweep away at any given point.

Leadership: Learning to Learn Again

E-180 Mag • 5 min read

How do leaders cope with an accelerating landscape? By learning to learn again. Christopher Baer presents various ways in which a coach can offer support to leaders making this shift.

For many leaders, the very mindset about how to do business is what gets in the way.

Your facts are not my facts

Esko Kilpi • 4 min read

The relational perspective; how knowledge is a social construct and contextual. “Knowledge intensive life takes place in networked communication.”

Knowledge is social. Knowledge is neither a stock nor a flow! Knowledge is the act of interacting. New and different knowledge is created when ways of interaction, and therefore patterns of relationship change.

The Open Source School Redefines Education in Italy

Shareable • 9 min read

Although the article is framed around the words “school” and “education” the project is actually a much broader view on learning, collaboration, future proofing, the commons and its own sustainability.

We believe that in the future there must be new kinds of professionals, new spaces for social gatherings, and new ways of learning and transmitting knowledge.

Invisible L&D

Bersin by Deloitte • 3 min read

L&D should switch to what Bersin calls “Invisible L&D,” the article covers the four key ways in which programs can shift their mindsets.

An L&D approach to developing the workforce by enabling and assisting learning throughout the organization, wherever and whenever it happens.


Two more, both on talent and success:

At the Harvard Business Review; Talent Matters Even More than People Think (3 min read) and Shane Parrish at Farnam, compacting Matthew Syed’s Bounce into Becoming an Expert: The Elements of Success (7 min read).

Patrick Tanguay

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