What do you need to know to thrive in the 21st century? On curiosity, creativity, humility, epistemology, and learning

Conversation is a catalyst for innovation. (John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox, now self-declared ‘Chief of Confusion‘)

Join the conversation this Monday, October 28, 7-8pm at the Honors Salon!

Discuss with others what you think we need to learn and know, and how we need to learn and know to thrive personally, professionally and as citizens in the 21st century.

Do we need to shift from scalable efficiency to scalable learning? And what is scalable learning and how do we make it scalable? John Seely Brown argues that learning how to ask questions and frame contexts is more important that ‘computing contents.’

Here are a few figures from his 2012 presentation, ‘Learning in and for the 21st Century,’ that illustrate some of his key points. Seely’s argument is similar to Daniel Pink’s case for the transition from the ‘Information Age’ to the ‘Conceptual Age,’ and for the need to educate ‘concept workers’ rather than just ‘knowledge workers.’

Are we moving from an era of relative stability in infrastructure, teaching, skills, careers, etc. …

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… to one of relative instability, driven by exponential growth in computation (and all kinds of other exponential growth, one might add)?

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What we know is a function of how we know or How do you know what you know? How blended are your epistemologies? How do you deal with change? How do you move from tinkering …

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… to reframing? How do you move from the surface to the deeper, structural level? – ‘If the facts don’t fit the frame, change the frame!’ (in memoriam Procrustes)

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‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ (Albert Einstein) or How playful have you managed to remain?

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This is my favorite: How to cultivate a sense of awe, curiosity and humility to foster intuition, imagination, and inspiration? Learning how to ask your own questions arguably is the most important part of learning. (Arrogance/hubris gives answers, humility asks questions, the most important questions … )

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