Learning For a Changing World Series: 1 of 6

This is the first in a series of six posts that look more closely at the question of learning in a world of constant change.

Learning for a world of constant change

We have all come to accept that we need to continue learning throughout our lives. Whatever “resource fund” of learning we build up during our formal learning years is truly just a starting point. It is a fund that we need to replenish regularly, even radically, if we want our learning to stay relevant.

In a world of accelerating change and complexity, the question of our ongoing learning becomes ever more important and urgent. What and how do we need to learn for a world that is changing so fast that the knowledge we need to deal with the future is only emerging in the moment? How do we need to change our practices of learning to keep up with the pace of change?

“We face a world today of almost infinite complexity, endless possibility, and near constant change. If our educational institutions and our informal learning environments are going to take advantage of these change, our approach to education and learning needs to be as rich and complex as the challenges and opportunities we face.” – SOURCE: Learning for a World of Constant Change (Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown

The question of how to learn in order to effectively engage with the challenges and opportunities facing us is of course the very question at the heart of innovation in business.

It is more than that. It is also a personal question that all of us need to consider if we want to participate and thrive in tomorrow’s world.

The question of what learning we need to do ensure we will be able to shape tomorrow is also a vital question for anyone who has a professional responsibility for supporting others’ learning: coaches, mentors, trainers, facilitators, leaders, teachers.

We all have the responsibility to ask ourselves how we need to shift our practices of learning so that we`re supporting the learning needed to flourish in a world of constant change.

Next Thursday: Three forms of learning

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