Cultivating Learning Communities
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How Can We Cultivate Learning Communities?(presented by: David Koenig)
FirstSome Definitions (Mine)
Purpose of providing definitions: so we have some idea what we are discussing as we move forward; to be intellectually sound. Learning: knowledge, insight, habit or skill gained from learning.Community: an interacting population of various human beings in a common/certain location (ex: ones family; BNU; China; the globe).
NextWhy This Topic?I.e.: Why Should We Care? Why do you think?
Todays Basic Idea
Why am I Qualified to Speak to You on this Topic..?My main professional or academic qualification is my Masters Degree in Library and Information Science.
So, I Will Argue That as Long as Things Like This Exist:
What does a perfect world look like? How do we get there? 7
Reason for Optimism..?
Today We WillThink about learning communitiesLearn more systems thinkingConsider how systems thinking might help to solve some real-world problems
Todays Aims & Objectivesare toHave you consider more about what causes problemsHave you think about how we might solve those problemsOffer systems thinking as one possible way we might solve those problems
The Joy and Importance of Learning
What If All Communities Were Dedicated to Fostering the Connection between Learning and Living?
A Personal Story about Community Learning
Nature vs. Nurture
Why Did I Tell You This Story?
Teams and Organizations Can Learn We Can NurtureThis Learning
Another definition of learning that I think is relevant is
Increasing our capacity to do what we want to do.
why it matters
Some Suggested Ways to Approach Issues/Concerns/Problems
Some Ways Tools and Techniques that Use that Approach to Develop New Kinds of Capabilities
Questions More ThanAnswers
How to Know Rather ThanWhat to Know
So how might we solve some of these problems using learning communities? What do you think?I would suggest one possibility is leveraging...Systems Thinking
You and Your Systems
What would you like to see improve?36
The Tale of the Slinky
The Blind Men and the Elephant
Or to Put it Another Way
You might think that because you understand "one" that you must therefore understand "two" because one and one make twobut you forget that you must also understand "and."- Sufi teaching story
Systems Thinking is All About the "and."
Working Definition: Systems Thinking (Mine)Thinking that is aware of, appreciates the role of, and tries to work with systems in how we learn and live.
Caveat:Is Systems Thinking THE Answer..?
What would you like to change about Chinas education system in your wildest fantasies..?
How would you propose going about that? Why?58
How Would You Do It?
Heres One Possible Framework for Productively Realizing that Change
Have you Heard of the The Fifth Discipline?
First: What is a Discipline?
Heres an Example:
And:The Fifth Discipline is a Pioneering Work about Learning Communities,and Systems Thinking
The Books Cover
Author: Peter Senge
Lets Create a Context for Organizational Learning
What are Some Challenges at BNU for
A Metaphor for Adapting and Evolving
Learning about your Learning
Teams and the Three-legged Stool
The Three Basic Skill Types
Expressing individual and group idealsRecognizing and managing complexityReflective thinking and generative conversations
First Discipline: Personal Mastery
What is it?
What is a Good Test of Personal Mastery?
the degree of peace you feel within
Second Discipline: Shared Vision
What can be an Important Tool to Nurture a Shared Vision?
What Might be a Good Starting School-Wide Question?
Do We Have a Clear Idea of the Results We Are Creating through This Vision?
Third Discipline: Mental Models
What do you see?
What is the Danger of a Single Story?
Fourth Discipline: Team Learning
PM SVMM TL
What are Some Examples of Team Learning?
What is Perhaps the Most Important Goal of Team Learning?
What can be an Important Tool for Team Learning?
And a Sample Tool..?
What Do You Think is the Fifth Discipline?
Fifth Discipline: Systems Thinking
PM SVMM TL ST
What Does It Help You to Do?
Adapt in Context
A Final Analogy
The Phantom/no-explanationTraffic Jam
Final Thoughts:Learning without thought is wasted labor.- Confucius
Everything is in everything. Henri Bartoft, physicist
Feel your way across the river over the stones.()Deng Xiaoping
And Be Like Water