A while ago i was thinking about ‘how people come to learn‘. There were four main reasons: planned, needs driven, curiosity and by accident. The next two days for me are going to be about curiosity and accidental learning, and i can’t wait!
It’s so easy to focus on the immediate: projects, plans, resources, busy busy busy… but where’s the time to be curious, to explore learning just for the sake of learning? After all, it’s not as though curiosity is wasted effort: the things we learn out of curiosity can form the foundations for more creative thinking in the future. Anything that broadens our thinking is valuable.
The conference i’m attending is innovative: it has an emergent structure, where people propose sessions and attendance is fluid. The rule of walking applies: you can come and go as you like! I usually find the sessions challenging as everyone here is an expert in a different field. Although any momentary discomfort is worth is as it’s the fusion of ideas that gives the event it’s strength.
Reflection is so important: in a world that changes constantly, if we don’t take or make the time to reflect, we can’t effectively learn. And reflection isn’t just five minutes at the end of the day: meaningful reflection can take days and doesn’t have to be done in isolation.
Do you give yourself the luxury of free thinking? Our perspectives close around us sometimes without us ever realising it, leaving us thinking within a box that has become quite narrow. If we don’t take time to look around, we never even see these walls.
Curiosity can help us to break free.