The social nature of learning for innovation

Do you remember learning math in primary school? I do, and it's still a bit painful.

Learning math was tedious because a part of my brain the creative, imaginative and artistic part was unemployed, bored and utterly frustrated.

It has been only after finishing school when everything has changed.

I quickly came to realise that life doesn't fit into any equation and there is no calculus defining the dynamics of human relationships.

While I don't regret studying business, I do believe that that knowledge is sterile if not exchanged with another person.

Connecting my knowledge with others transformed my learning experience. From something that was done to me, dull and frustrating to something I wanted to do, something I was in charge and responsible for.

I discovered the power of networked learning.

While traditional education has a role in our journeys as innovators, it has a definite limit. It doesn't help us in sense-making the unknown.

The ultimate challenge for innovators is not excelling at best practices (something that we learn in school) but rather to anticipate a future that doesn't exist just yet.

Our ability to innovate therefore depends upon the connections we establish with our network.

Our ability to sense-making what we don't know is not incremental (as learning math) but instead is accidental and occurs in the conversations we have with peers.

The content platform is an opportunity to become a better innovator, to learn by starting conversations, to collide ideas with peers around the world.

Time has come for us to connect and lead. But it still our choice to start or not.

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