We know how to learn: it’s a natural process, obfuscated by organisational intent and obstinate design. The future of learning is not in technology, although it will be all about technology, and it’s not about video, although it may be filled with video. It’s not about ‘millenials‘, or ‘digital learners‘, although both young and old people will learn, and do so online. The future of learning, is learning: the removal of barriers, to creation of experiences, of spaces to learn, spaces to explore, spaces to play, to reflect, to create.
The future of learning is individual and co-created, it’s local and geolocated, it’s dynamic and adaptive. Organisations will no longer ‘own‘ the learning, because there is too much to own, and because it slips and flows all the time: knowledge itself is adaptive, facts evolutionary, our sense making entirely contextual and fluid.
Recently i’ve been writing about the Socially Dynamic Organisation, an idea i will most likely expand to a full book next year, once the Change book is published. There’s a key concept in there, that the Socially Dynamic Organisation will be ‘guided not governed‘. It will learn, itself, not to own and control, but to facilitate and enable. It will be humble, fair and equal, not because these are nice things to be, but because they are the only way to be. They will be engaged because they earn engagement. They will be trusted because they earn our trust. They will be ‘learning organisations‘, not because they bluster, rant and aspire, but because they are full of people who learn, freely, and openly supported.
This is neither a fiction nor a dream: it’s a challenge and route map. The only way to become Socially Dynamic, to transform the organisation, is to transform it. As someone said to me yesterday: this is a massive piece of work. It is, and you are the person do to it: within and alongside your community.
We build the future of learning by transforming the organisation, starting with ourselves.