Following my last post and Frédéric Domon’s points about the social nature of learning and how “80% of learning is unexpected, unplanned and informal”, I was happy to fall across this post from Sam McNerney as I was doing a little curating

McNerney on his site, Why We Reason, differentiates between the benefits of solitude when getting on with work and the necessity of a ‘coffeehouse’ setting to enlightened idea generation.  As an aside, I really loved this image that Sam used to illustrate his post.

Coffeehouse picture per Why We Reason

The reality of great ideas is that they require other people.

He goes on, with reference to Steven Berlin Johnson, to dis brainstorming – a process not without critics since the late 1940s.

The problem with brainstorming is its tendency to treat people and their ideas too kindly. Criticism and error are essential in the formation of good ideas after all; brainstorming simply doesn’t facilitate this.


Quoting Charlan Nemeth and others testing the “potential value of permitting criticism and dissent”

The exchange of ideas amongst people is good, then, but an overly agreeable brainstorming session is certainly not”.

So, ideas are best generated amongst groups of people

  • in social and conversational environments
  • who gather informally – over lunch, coffee, sitting on the floor, shooting the breeze, banging tankards on the table
  • in an atmosphere where criticism, debate and turning ideas on their head is encouraged and supported
  • who take responsibility for being in the mix of ideas and helping them develop

Here’s to the unexpected and informal.  And to minds and hearts open to a bit of robust debate and movement in the way we think about the world.


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I’m taking time to catch up on what’s new and/or look in places I haven’t looked before.

iStockphoto image

This week I discovered, when someone ‘scooped’ an item of mine from another blog. It provides and will provide a wealth of ideas and new sources in the future. not only lets you ‘curate’ material you are interested in from your current known sources, it also provides the opportunity to follow other curators and their collections.  As the items come up in newspaper format, it’s more fun to browse than a regular reader. I’m looking forward to refining my sources and perhaps adding new topics to the mix.

This post from Frédéric Domon at the Socialearning blog talks about the social nature of learning and how “80% of learning is unexpected, unplanned and informal” (referencing David A Cofer). Domon includes this 4C model for learning both within an organisation and externally that….

facilitates acquiring and diffusing knowledge within social networks via an iterative and fractal process that can be summarised in four steps.

Image - SociaLearning - Frédéric Domon

I like that it starts with conversation and that the approach builds in transparency across an organisation.

This transparency encourages access to the people and information that we may need to make good decisions. It is the consequence of the open and multidirectional communication made possible by social tools. It can’t be imposed or forced.

Frederic Domon touches on the threat to the “command and control” model that stifles (my word) so much sharing of knowledge.  Social networks, through their ability to open up conversations anywhere are pointing to a new way of working which Domon calls “connect and animate”.

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I’ve been anticipating the release of the film Hugo this week.  So I enjoyed reading this post by David Herbert and his cogitations on horological spare parts.

What if there are no spare parts? What if every part of our biodiversified universe has its part to play? What if nothing or no-one is redundant? While our human drives are shaped by the principles of the “survival of the fitting” our organisational thinking should be challenged by working out the role of the square peg, and not just the round peg for the round hole. Neither round pegs or square pegs are spare parts.There are no misfits. Even the orphan in his secret hideaway in the clock tower is no misfit, but has his vital part to play.

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It’s been a while folks.  The last half of 2011 was full of work and changes.

I’m easing my way back from a break from the blog with a couple of links to posts I liked.  As I settle into a new home, office and year, I’m looking forward to getting back on the blog bike!

Thinking you know the answers can be a barrier to breaking through.  Here’s Ben Ziegler on the value of “I don’t know

And getting to that break through can be uncomfortable.  Viv McWaters explores game and conversation breakdowns. workshops, meetings – Brisbane, Sydney, Australia

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