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.
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.
The Sonoma State University MA in Organization Development Program is offering an information meeting on May 7th. I highly recommend this program for learning about yourself and other individuals and groups - learning how we can all work together better.
Here is the information about the information meeting:
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Saturday, May 7th at 3 pm
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Jeff Young on Apr 19, 2011
Tagged in: teams, purpose, learning, leadership, collaboration, challenges
In reorganizing my website this past week, I again came across this video poem from Dr. Keith Merron on the Search for Great Leadership. (http://bit.ly/g3yNle). As I watched, I was deeply moved by his words saying that we have a need:
- to be valued for who we really are.
- to be seen, honored, recognized and respected for our unique gifts,
- to make a greater difference in the world.
I couldn’t help noticing that his message could be found reflected in my own words that you will find on these web pages. They describe exactly what Co-ignite strives to provide – a tribe of peers that not only does work together that is important to its members and to our clients, but to build into the work environment, practices that clarify the value of who we really are, help us to see each other for the unique gifts we bring, and to make our work something that makes a greater difference in the world.
I hadn’t quite noticed our mission as being so closely aligned with the message that Dr. Keith Merron points out; that for us to truly find these qualities we must clarify and work on these qualities deep within ourselves - through reflection and through our work. To do this, we are co-creating a workplace that, with personal and collective growth, will in time be made up of the same kind of Great Leaders Keith Merron talks about – collaborating together to make the difference WE want to make in the world.
So, if you ARE looking for meaningful work. We agree with Keith that answer can’t be found in other leaders in a job out there for you to find – it can only be found within yourself. But that doesn’t mean it is found alone. On this internal journey, we all need the support of a tribe of fellow seekers who are all looking within to clarify their gifts. Co-ignite is such a tribe. What makes it special and unique is that we also work together to take action in the world through paid work that utilizes our gifts. So, you see, we can really only find meaningful work by looking within – together.
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