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Imagination • Shifts • Autonomy • Complicatedness • Creativity
This week we start with a very broad piece on pragmatic imagination, then zooming in to organizations and specific practices, finishing off with creativity and a quick one by Seth Godin on education (learning really). Also, be sure to have a look at the mag, we’ve just launched a new redesign. We have even bigger plans for next year but we think you’ll enjoy this refresh in the mean time.
Henry Jenkins • 12 min read
This is actually the first post in a fascinating series of interviews between Jenkins and Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian. Very broad set of topics are discussed like polymathy, complexity, design, science, systems and ecologies. The impetus for the series is the Pragmatic Imagination book and even the structure and systemization of that book are interesting to read and think through.
The five books present a set of ten knowledge-, skill- or method-based instruments for acting through design and two meta-tools that do work of a higher order, at the level of the ecology of the project.
Global Peter Drucker Forum BLOG • 8 min read
One of my favorites from the last few weeks where Kenneth Mikkelsen writes about our unsettled times, tradition, shocks and slides. He then proposes “four shifts leaders of established organizations must focus on.”
Companies need workers that can adapt to changing contexts by being self-directed and self-motivated learners with a systematic approach to personal knowledge mastery.
Booking.com • 10 min read
Quite a bit of details and insights on how peer-learning groups were thought up and how they function at Booking.com. Seems like something many organizations could benefit from and implement easily.
The premise of P2P groups is that participants take the time to think about what they want to learn and why. This means their learning is tailored from the very beginning, ensuring that it is both relevant to their work and beneficial to their organization.
E-180 Mag • 5 min read
From yours truly. Riffing on ideas from some of our favorite minds on learning and the future of work. I look at four concepts, unified in the beginnings of a learning-focused process.
What if you start approaching your unsettling challenges as opportunities to learn?
Thinking About Learning • 3 min read
An important aspect to consider within L&D work (and at large); humans, and thus learning, are complicated. “The learning process takes time, commitment to learning and development of thinking,” something not necessarily fostered through micro learning, simply having access to lessons, or quickly reading articles shared on social media.
Learning is a process and combination of exposure to content, awareness of self, reflection, hypothesis making and testing, research and evidence gathering, action and challenge.
Open Colleges • 4 min read
The relationship between openness to experience and creativity. Why / how cognitive engagement with imagination, emotions, and beauty is a better predictor of creative achievement than IQ is.
Contrary to popular belief, dopamine isn’t always about experiencing pleasure; it can be about seeking it, too. In other words, for some people, the seeking is the pleasure, regardless of the result.
++ In a similar vein; Why Problem Finders Are More Creative Than Problem Solvers
Seth Godin • 2 min read
Change what you know, change what you believe, and you change the actions. Learn to see, to understand, to have patience, and you learn to be the kind of person who can make a difference.
Memory and Stats
If you are looking for lots of stats on curation, knowledge sharing and L&D, the Towards Maturity Report: Top Organisations Listen to Learners, Curate and Integrate Learning with Workflow (8 min read for this recap) should help you out a great deal.