My best friend is releasing her first album later this month. It’s a brilliant, fun and feisty collection of folk songs about the trials and tribulations of a thirty something girl. And, knowing her, it’s bound to be a hit. A first class creative venture. My own book, on Learning, will be neither feisty, nor about a girl, but it’s still a creative journey.
We are not alone in these creative journeys. In fact, it sometimes feels as though a lot of people i know have tipped over the edge: they’ve moved from consuming and learning to producing and broadcasting. Or, as it’s maybe known elsewhere, getting older.
Some time ago i wrote an article called ‘Google or Grandad’, exploring the role of wisdom, and how wisdom differs from a search engine, and i think some of the same factors are at play here. We spend a lot of our time learning and developing ideas, but at some point, the time feels right to start sharing them with a wider world. We feel we have a story to tell, whether that be a song, a poem, a painting or a political idea.
In fact, to go further, i think that this sharing is part of learning, it’s just the natural extension of any learning model: we come across new ideas, we rationalise and align them against our view of the world and adapt our worldview and then, finally, we share and teach those ideas.
We see these urges at play when we look at engaged online communities of practice, where individuals are driven to share their thoughts and ideas and support other learners. It’s quite innate to the learning process.
So whether you’re writing a book, composing a song, making a film or painting a masterpiece, let’s reflect on what we learnt from others to get here and celebrate the dialogue as we, in turn, share it forwards.