Learning socially

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week:

“We spend a billion dollars globally on training …. and what we get is worth shit.” From training to learning in the new economy (c. 1996)

In a fundamental way, all work is about learning: it is about learning to fit in and to collaborate, about learning to take initiative when appropriate, it is about really understanding customers, about acquiring intimate knowledge of the products and services the company sells and how they can fit into customers’ lives. Acknowledged as such or not, learning has to be an integral part of work. But, somehow, integrated [work+learning] activities have become split into the separate spheres of [work] and  [training] which have come to be dominated by quite different interests.

@hypergogue : “Piracy creates demand”Wabi-sabi

Japanese lawyers seem to understand that some things are too complex to control or, at least, that attempts to control and simplify may destroy the beauty (ahem, the ‘value’, cough) of the things they’re trying to defend. They show an understanding of obliquity. Wabi-sabi is the opposite of the Pyrrhic Victory – it’s a triumphant surrender? This seems, somehow, too neat an idea, too symmetrical.

@amcunningham : If you are wondering what social learning might look like for health professionals, have a look at TILT (Today I Learnt That)

All Social is Learning ,by @JBordeaux [If all learning is social and work is learning, we need to focus on the social aspects of business]

This weekend, I was struck by a logic stick.  If all learning is social, is all social learning?  We know this is not automatically so, learned that in the intro to Logic, Sets and Numbers (an actual college course I took in the 70’s).  But when we engage in a social setting, online or offline, are we ever not learning?  Let’s add in a third statement: we are constantly learning.  Even while asleep, some research indicates, the brain assembles and makes sense of what it experienced that day.  There isn’t a time when our brains aren’t rewiring themselves based on input from our environment.

Technological Change must always precede economic growth, by @ingenesist

Technological Change must always precede economic growth – economic growth cannot sustainably precede technological change. If you throw money at a problem, you are not guaranteed technological change.  If you throw technological change at a problem, you are guaranteed money.

Harold’s Note: I agree that institutions follow :

We’re now at the stage where we have some new ideas for work (wirearchynatural enterprisesworkplace democracy) and some new technologies (social media, nano-bio-techno-cogno). The next step in this evolution is the new organization. Remember that business schools only followed after the mass production model had been proven. Therefore we cannot expect leadership from our institutions until we have proven a new organizational model. It’s time to get to work.

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