Opening Pandora’s box

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!

Foundations of learning

We come to learning in different ways, we learn creatively and take actions according to need or understanding. How many of these pathways do you link into for organisational learning?

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.

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About julianstodd

A learning and development professional specialising in e-learning and learning technology.
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4 Responses to Opening Pandora’s box

  1. Curiosity – such an important trait and yet you never see it on a CV (or its hard to get it across) and most never ask in interviews; it’s rare to see it specified as a requirement for a role. Are we conditioned not to be curious?

  2. mymindbursts says:

    I’ve had the privilege of meeting up with some successful entrepreneurs and ‘company men and woman’ this summer – old university friends – an entrepreneur, engineer and management consultant all living in or around Silicon Valley doing whizzy things for the names we know. All the above count towards their success, along with persistence and perseverance – the one word that covers it all, and may be universal to the above or an important subset that takes in ‘need’ and ‘curiosity’ at least, is ‘motivation’. However much, or whatever you provide learners with, whether you make it hard or easy for them, ‘motivation’ will overcome just about anything. This probably means that these people had or have a ‘goal’ they are motivated to achieve and that from within them, or externally, this motivation was kept alive, or given a boost, developed, nurtured and sustained.

  3. great to see you again at the BCG conference – and to be re-invigorated not least by your workshop on blended learning. Excellent.

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