Tenets of Learning ~ Jake Kauffman
- Learning is Natural - The human brain is designed to learn. It needs a constant flow of knowledge in order to be fulfilled.
- What Needs to be Learned is Learned - Nothing needs to be forcefully taught. One of the great aspects of the human mind (and how it has survived for over 10,000 years) is that it is very good at figuring out what it needs to learn.
- Learning is Constant - Every human brain -- every brain, in fact -- is constantly developing and making connections. Even while we sleep this process is taking place. To designate times for learning and times for playing is unnatrual. Playing is learning. Living is learning.
We believe, to notice the unlikely, dream boldly, connect to people and info, and do what matters, is a pretty good representation of the natural process of learning.
Perhaps this gets us back to a natural state of curiosity, where we become usefully ignorant (E McWilliam), knowing what to do when we don't know what to do.
Why is this important as the glue:
Perhaps this focus, that the glue is a process of learning to learn, learning to be curious - again, allows for a world of and, rather than either/or. Imagine saying good-bye to all that defense. Instead, people begin being, in a vulnerable and perpetual beta (MC Bateson). The individual becomes the center of a networked individualism (B Wellman - the brain, ..?), always experimenting, always alive, believing whimsy matters, craving co-creation. Imagine the future platform is indeed in each person's head (V Miemis). Imagine programming tech to craft a network around you as you're doing/being/creating throughout your day, rather than spending your time on proving yourself, (ie: pd and testing for credentialing purposes). Imagine we start to get back to the naturalness of a mesh network rather our manufactured linear pyramid. The main difference between the pyramid and the network is a foundation (D Weinberger). The network has no prescribed entry point. If it's truly essential, it will show up. Our new structure is our own structure, how we learn/do/be, along the way. Start anywhere, follow it everywhere (M Rogers). If this is the glue, we've just pruned out all the time we currently spend on prep and proving and seeking accolades, and even more on defending and training for more micro-management of proof. (what really is provable anyway, no?)
Imagine scaling the individual becomes our glue. A [rhizomatic, chaordic, mesh, ...] network, that grows around each person. Because we can. _____