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Postnormal skills • literacy • “do one” • facilitate • accelerate
Welcome to our first issue completely under the new We Seek naming, I hope you like the name, colours and Medium publication. As always, I encourage you to reply for questions or feedback and forward to friends who might like what’s included in here.
Work Futures • 13 min read
Riffing off of the WEF’s top ten skills for 2020, Stowe Boyd presents his own (excellent) list of skills. Some favorites; boundless curiosity, freestyling (learn to dance with robots) and deep generalism. Also includes some great quotes by Google’s head of People Operations, Laszlo Bock.
We can’t be defined just by what we know already, what we have already learned. We need a deep intellectual and emotional resilience if we are to survive in a time of unstable instability. And deep generalists can ferret out the connections that build the complexity into complex systems, and grasp their interplay.
DML Central • 4 min read (+ 1hr video)
A short article on Dan Russel’s (a Google senior research scientist) thinking around literacy, meta-literacy, symbols, search and research. Importantly, embedded at the end is an hour long talk he gave at the University of California, on The Future of Learning.
“What I mean by literacy is that you can read and write in a particular symbol system, you have an associated body of knowledge that goes along with it and you can function critically in that domain.”
Paul Jarvis • 3 min read
On the importance of doing as a stage of learning. Don’t just learn in a book (or online) and share. Learn, do the work, then teach/share.
What I’m saying is that before you rush to write your next article or create a course that’s based on something you learned (not something you’ve done), take a step back. There’s no rush. Practice what you’ve learned a little. This will not only give you a better grasp on the subject, but it’ll show you what you actually, personally think about a subject. You’ll end up with a more unique and original take on things.
We Seek • 9 min read
Alex Hillman has been an emblematic figure in coworking for many years and teaching a business course for creatives for 8 years. Here he writes about how accomplished creatives hit a wall when faced with learning something new from scratch and how to get over it.
But when these creative pros sat down to learn a new skill from scratch, where very few of their existing skills translate, they lose their freakin’ minds.
We Seek • 5 min read
Picking up on how series of short interviews about peer-learning in various domains, this one is about how two of the editors of the fantastic HOLO Magazine, learn from each other and from other independents.
LinkedIn • 4 min read
Yes, there’s a trend towards fostering self-directed learning, in just setting the stage for individuals to find what they need but there should also be room for facilitating, “to help people save time and encourage those regular habits that encourage learning through action.”
However, there is a balance to be struck between being set adrift or having people who can help us optimise our opportunities to learn. Quicker to get to things that help, save time in fruitless searches, making the connections that provide more opportunity to innovate and create new products, leveraging data and technology to find efficiencies and lighten the load.
Josh Bersin • 22 min read
Quite thorough description of what’s coming for the L&D field. Looking at multiple aspects from the fading out of LMSes to spaced learning, coaching and a culture of learning.
Today learning is about “flow” not “instruction,” and helping bring learning to people throughout their digital experience…
While instructional design continues to play a role, we now need L&D to focus on “experience design,” “design thinking,” the development of “employee journey maps,” and much more experimental, data-driven, solutions in the flow of work.
strategy + business • 5 min read
Six insights on how to accelerating learning for your team. Also have a look at Tanmay Vora’s sketch version below.
Like scientists, your team needs to be able to form an idea, run an experiment, check whether they moved the needle, and reflect on what to take away.
- 3 Ways Exponential Technologies are Impacting the Future of Learning
- Science Says This Is the Most Effective Way to Learn
- One Marketer Spent an Hour a Week Learning for 7 Years