I’ve been working with people over the last few weeks around an organisational change programme. A lot of the conversation has been around the coherence of the narrative. Well, to be fair, i’ve had this on my mind for a while, a slowly gestating idea, and the change programme has been the place that it’s come to life.
Take two concepts: internal and external coherence. Internal coherence is the level of integrity within the individual learning solution. Does what we create make sense when it’s standing by itself? If it was a book, could you read it in isolation and understand the topic? Internal coherence is important to be sure that the story makes sense and can be run in isolation.
External coherence is how it relates into the wider narrative of change and the world around us. Does it fit into and compliment the understanding of the world, or does it challenge and change it? Either is fine, but we need to understand how it impacts in order to understand the impact on the learner.
It’s fine to introduce disturbance and challenge, but best to know when we are doing so. External coherence is what will determine the success of the learning in the wider context of people’s everyday reality. Internal coherence is what will make it a satisfying and effective experience.