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Fortnightly Links No.42

Our Minds • Learning Backwards • Procrastination • Networks

All the above plus “further reading” with some overclocking, working out loud circles and more neuroscience. And hey, it’s the end of February and this newsletter is still Presidential-topic-free. Enjoy!

The Beauty of Backwards Learning

AmusED • 4 min read

A personal story on learning “backwards,” by which she means to draw attention on the fact that a lot of what we learn is done through a form of “dérive,” drifting along following our interests and learning what we need to, sometimes under pressure. (Draws from Jobs, Debord and Kierkegaard.)

Why don’t we approach learning like an artist? Be comfortable in the unknown…the possibilities? Gain expertise upon demand, spontaneously, and not shy from the dérive? Go with the gut, so that we can grow our dots to connect at a later point?

Transforming to a Sustainable Learning Organization

ATD • 5 min read

How organizations should learn faster, how to transform learning processes to evolve in sync with the company’s environment and itself, how to make sure learning creates and adds value. Basically measuring L&D against results, not just its internal metrics.

Establishing a fully integrated, sustainable learning organization is ultimately about cultural change: the act of moving from an old state of activity-based learning to a new state of results-based, sustainable learning that is unequivocally part of an organization’s DNA.

Who’s in Charge of Our Minds? The Interpreter

Farnam Street Blog • 10 min read

A look at some of neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga’s work, how our brains are actually a collection of distinct modules, our conscious self is an emergent phenomenon from those processes and how the Interpreter modules can makes stuff up to make sense of what goes on.

The unified mind we feel present emerges from the thousands of lower-level processes operating in parallel. Most of it is so automatic that we have no idea it’s going on. (Not only does the mind work bottom-up but top down processes also influence it. In other words, what you think influences what you see and hear.)

Networks of Interdependence

E-180 Mag • 7 min read

The inner workings of a very innovative course; Entrepreneurial Design at the SVA. An occasion to build networks and to launch projects with/within/through those same networks. Students spend a semester thinking up, creating and selling a product on Kickstarter with the end goal of making $1000.

“The value of the cohort is that it expands the surface area of lessons to be learned. You are learning not just from your own experience, but also through observing others in the cohort.”

3 Types of Baggage: Toolsets, Mindsets, Skillsets

DML Central • 5 min read

Break out of automatic answers, try new habits and tools, change mindsets, don’t get stuck thinking you’ve already acquired the skills you need, keep evolving.

All of us have baggage around toolsets, mindsets, and skillsets when it comes to technology. We should recognise this and, where relevant, seek to jettison some of this. Some of this baggage, however, is useful and exists for a reason. It gives us a steer on the new things we see emerging, and makes us (rightly) wary about simply jumping on a bandwagon.

The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

Harvard Business Review • 4 min read

Echos last issue’s Godin piece on recognizing the importance of “soft skills” from a pragmatic point of view; AI will take over many tasks and jobs, if we are to be left with only the “most human” task, we as a society should prepare for that future and work on the right skills.

Skills like persuasion, social understanding, and empathy are going to become differentiators as artificial intelligence and machine learning take over our other tasks. Unfortunately, these human-oriented skills have generally been viewed as second priority in terms of training and education.

++ Related: Questions on the Future of Work where Paul Higgins analyses McKinsey’s report on the future of work.

Why Learning Is A New Procrastination

The Coffeelicious • 4 min read

Somewhat of a weird framing but some good points on not only learning things but learning from doing, from experiencing. Actually getting moving instead of pushing things back “until I know how to…”

Constant learning, evaluating of ideas, thinking, and visualizing your journey towards your major aspirations will not take you far from the place you are now. Actions will.

Further Reading

Header image from HBR article on AI and Emotional Intelligence.

Patrick Tanguay

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