Perspective is a funny thing: we talk about ‘getting a perspective‘ as though it’s a good thing, but it can, in fact, trap us. We can be stuck in our own perspective, unable to see beyond our four walls, beyond the barriers of our own views, experience or ignorance. Getting a perspective may, in fact, mean changing our perspective, being willing to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.
Often we physically travel to change our perspective and, whilst that does indeed change the view, it’s possible to travel in miles but stay within our own heads.
Changing location, breaking routines, altering our perspective has been a key theme of writing through this year: the Social Age of learning is about communities, about creating meaning, and this is often done through challenge to our established viewpoints and perspectives.
If we are unwilling to look over the horizon, unwilling to take a different view, we will always be stuck with what we know. Which may be a start, but excludes so much possibility.
How will you change your perspective in 2014?
I’m dedicating the last twelve days of writing to a series of reflections on key trends and features of learning in the Social Age. Today it’s all about changing your perspective!