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  • Do It Yourself University - is it time?

    Jeff Young
    Jeff Young on Jun 15, 2011
    Tagged in: purpose, learning, innovation, education

    I ran into the following video last night in my reading.   It appears that others are also thinking about changing some of the traditional assumptions about learning and learning institutions.  For that, I cheer as I have long held the observation that traditional education, while having served us well for hundreds of years, is in need of an overhaul.

    I would want to caution, however, against the idea of completely learning on your own.  I am not sure yet exactly how the author, Anya Kamenetz, visualizes the future of education as I haven't yet purchased and read her book.  But I do strongly feel that mentoring and coaching needs to be part of a good strong learning path. 

    There is a famous model called the Johari Window.  Which makes the point that in order to grow, you need to reveal to yourself your hidden "blind spots."  These are things about yourself that you cannot see.  Everyone has blind spots and everyone can benefit in their growth by revealing them.  Many professional organizations have peer reviewed aspects of their learning to deal with this.  A Do It Yourself University hopefully will be no different.

    This is why Co-ignite uses coaches and mentors in the learning programs.  We help guide a purpose driven learning program that is designed and owned by the learner but guided by a mentor.  This is what Co-ignite sees as the future of learning and education.

  • A Choir of Thousands of Voices

    Jeff Young
    Jeff Young on May 04, 2011
    Tagged in: teams, purpose, innovation, creativity, collaboration

    What if we were to all come together to make our own unique contribution on projects that are deeply meaningful to us? What would that look like? Well, perhaps Eric Whitacre gives us a rare example of how it can be done – beautifully. You need to see this video from TED. Go ahead, click the link. I will wait for you right here. When you are done, come back here so I can share with you what I see as significant that can be applied in our workplaces and in our non-profit organizations.

    What I see in this video is that each person wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves. They chose by themselves to participate and brought their own voice to the larger group. Each individual voice is small when listened to alone but, when blended together, creates this wonderful richness that is impossible unless all these people came together.

    It also takes a conductor to organize the tasks so that it is easy for each person to participate. They make room in the music for the variety of voices out there and construct a way to put them all together to achieve a clear, compelling, and meaningful goal. Here is the kind of result that is possible.

    What if you had never heard a choir before? You wouldn’t know the beauty that is possible by coming together and blending each person’s contribution. Our workplaces are the same.

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  • Ken Robinson Does it Again!

    Jeff Young

    Ken Robinson does it again.  Here is a delightful video created by RSA that illustrates the shift in paradigm being called for in education.  (Link to the Video)  The video tells a clear story of what has happened that is causing the need for change.   

    We are not so much needing higher standards or a different curriculum as needing to shift from a manufacturing process of education to one of developing the individual capacity of each person.  This requires a different process of learning than the current one of focusing on the subject and lecturing on it; encouraging students to find the one right answer.  Instead, we need to focus on each person as a creative being and giving them a learning environment where they can grow into who they were meant to become.

    This is the central purpose of Infinite Discoveries.  We believe that each person should be looking to find a place where they can be in their own element; where they can thrive and bring forth their unique gifts and contribution to something that is important to them.  We then loosely organize ourselves into collaboratives where we can collectively work on projects that are important to us that are aligned with our gifts. 

    We believe that learning and growth happens in collaborative groups formed from a common purpose; that learning and work are not and should not be separated.  Work gives us the context for expressing our gifts and we need to continually learn how to be more skillful in that expression.

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  • Bring on the Learning Revolution!

    Jeff Young

    I came across the following video yesterday and was deeply moved.  (Link to the Video)  Sir Ken Robinson has once again spoken bringing great clarity to the changes needed in learning and education.  I have been focusing for many years on digging deeply into the gifts and talents of people and helping them develop those gifts to the point of designing a life around the pursuit of mastery of those gifts.  I have long held that we absolutely require a change from the industrial model of learning to one centered on empowering each individual to follow their own path, offer their unique gifts, and organize around actions they care most about. 

    Here is an absolutely wonderful speaker describing this central issue in an impactful and entertaining way.  I am interested in having conversations about how we actually do what Sir Ken Robinson advocates.  How do we create learning centers for people of all ages that is focused on creating the environment that cultivates each individual’s unique spirit and brings us together into communities of common interest in action?  I hope you join us in this conversation and exploration.