Learning Postcards : The Social Age of Learning

I’ve been working with a diverse group of Learning professionals in Madrid today, exploring the Social Age and the ways in which learning has evolved. I sketched this up with a small group, to capture the narrative of ‘what learning is about in the Social Age’ and share it now, not really as a finished or polished framework, but rather in the spirit of #WorkingOutLoud.

If you would like to read the original article, or more of Julian’s work visit his blog at: https://julianstodd.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/learning-in-the-social-age-a-sketch/

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Radical Complexity

When the banks collapsed in the last financial crisis, there was a phrase bandied about, that some were ‘too big to fail’. This week i’ve been pondering something of the opposite: are some organisations ‘too big to succeed’. I’m not thinking specifically of their headcount, their geographical spread, or the physical weight of their buildings, but rather more the radical complexity of their networks, the unknowable nature of their knowledge, and the sheer inertia of their formal hierarchies. Possibly good organisations, probably doing good work, but ultimately doomed to fail through their inability to understand their true dynamics.

If you would like to read the original article, or more of Julian’s work visit his blog at https://julianstodd.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/a-state-of-radical-complexity/

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The Ecosystem of Social Learning

The idea that Social Learning is somehow separate from other types of learning is a misnomer. For me, it represents simply the ownership of, and engagement, with the learning story. ‘Formal Learning’ is a story written by the organisation, and distributed to people: it’s ideal where you need consistency, conformity, where you are trying to build a codified strength, but it lack the context of practice, of local understanding, and often has no space for individual interpretation.

If you would like to read the original article, or more of Julian’s work visit his blog at https://julianstodd.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/the-ecosystem-of-social-learning/

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Social Leadership Trees: Growing Capability Across An Organisation

Trees grow, and we can nurture that growth. They are part of a wider ecosystem, and both contribute to the health of that system, and rely upon the overall connectivity of it. They are cyclical, and carry their growth as rings. Trees both burst into blossom, but also shed their leaves, in annual cycles of renewal, and that is a central theme of Social Leadership, which i address at the very first stage, ‘Curation’. We do not choose our space forever, we choose a foundation to build upon. I like the idea that some leaves we shed, and some just get blown away as we are battered by the wind. But overall, it’s a continual cycle of growth, shedding, and renewal.

If you would like to read the original article, or more of Julian’s work visit his blog at https://julianstodd.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/social-leadership-trees-growing-capability-across-an-organisation/

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