I’m convinced more than anything else, choice is the ultimate empowerment. Authentic change will only happen when it’s an individual experience per choice.
I believe that often our assumptions about human nature, what success is, and how viable current practices are, keep us from living.
Assumptions are a choice. We make them daily by our actions, (or non-action), whether we acknowledge it or not.
If we desire what’s best for us, for our kids, for the world, we should respectfully and gracefully question everything. No?
Many of us have come to believe that if we aren’t given directions we won’t be able to accomplish things. We have become insecure in our own abilities to create, to learn/innovate. Curiosity and the ability to self-construct are natural, but we have grown so accustomed to compliancy from outside regulation that most of us generally assume they are not natural. Often we don’t invest in curiosity. Often we unconsciously mock passion. We see them as ridiculous or at least superfluous.
The web now allows for personalization in public education, with that comes the responsibility, in public ed, to allow for personalized definitions of success. This is great news. This is incredible news. We no longer have to plan/fight for survival or sustainability or even efficiency. We can now choose to thrive, to become indispensable.
We have come through, (many still reside in), an age of knowledge acquisition, where at the end of the day, how much you knew defined you. The potential today however, is to move beyond this static acquisition of fixed content, into life. At the end of the day, what you do, and the community you do it with, defines you. (humanity 4.0 - esp notice slide 68)
In this new environment, in this knowledge flow, we have the opportunity to learn faster by working together in addressing challenges that draw on the *tacit knowledge of each person. This is an opportunity that none of the current leaders of the commercial Internet understand, much less address. There is a **white space here. – John Hagel
It’s your choice.
What we’re seeking here in the Lab, for the community of Thompson School District, for anyone so inclined in the world, is more free space to individually venture out and make personal choices.
We believe that is how individuals/communities will thrive.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who come alive. -Howard Thurman
*tacit knowledge -
Let’s start with the observation that the growing avalanche of data increasingly distracts us from something far more valuable. Here’s the paradox, as data proliferates, something else becomes more and more valuable and yet more difficult to access. Tacit knowledge is the knowledge deeply embedded in each of us, our relationships and our unique contexts. It is the knowledge that we find most challenging to articulate and communicate. As seen in the link above, John suggests, in order to thrive, we exist in this tacit knowledge, build trust based relationships, and pursue our unique talent development.
**If this idea of a white space interests you, recommended readings:
- John Hagel’s posts, in particular: Finding Stability at the Core of Change and The Neurobiology of Passion
- Lisa Nielsen’s post: 10 ways to support self-directed learning
- Kate Fridkis on learning to read.
The book I’m currently reading/loving: Wounded by School, Kirsten Olson