Complexity

Self-organisation was interesting to me for a long time when experimenting with personal development. But these days I look for inspiration elsewhere and everywhere.

How do self-organised organisms work? What conditions are needed? When these are better than top-down organised systems?

This is quite an important question to me as I believe that self-direction promotes construction and thus meaningful life for all.

Mix

Self-order is helpful. Order from the top down – not always.

Let’s take education. A student must choose one discipline or the other. A wrong choice? And your life is devoted to the boring or the interesting. Business, the arts, the sciences. Why divide? It’s easier to plan lessons and curriculum when all disciplines are separate. It’s way more beneficial for individual and for the society to have disciplines mixed up. Take innovation. Where do ideas come from? When different things get mixed up. And for the individual? It’s so much more interesting to raise questions, then look for answers. In between, explore any tools that bring the answers (or resources).

Many disciplines together don’t mean chaos. Multi-disciplinary curriculum. Inquiry-based learning.

Simply change the structure. Then come up with a name how to call it.

Tools

Development of people is not about developing. Rather, making the tools. People use the tools to develop themselves.

Education system. Work system. Both were designed to equip humans with habits and skills. Both are now facing change.

Let’s have a look where we came from.

the Past

Remember everything.
Follow orders.

Classrooms divided by age and subjects of 45 minutes chunks each. Always busy with homework and days spent in closed buildings.

Work divided by titles, functions, closed rooms.

the Now

Raise a question. Find information you need.
Speak up. Facilitate.

Classrooms moving towards blending everything: subjects, ages,… Learning is about measuring the ‘learning outcomes’ and ‘personalisation’. Think project-based, flipped, adaptive learning.

Work is now done in open spaces, no working hours or defined holidays. Expect to always be available and ‘collaborative’.

the Future

Think ideas. Create.
Come together and stay alone.

Self-directed learning. Production of concepts. Learning by doing.

Work whenever you want and less. 4 hours a day or a week? No, produce quality of ideas and forget about calculating time ‘available’ to meet online.

the Tools

And what do people need to develop themselves? Tools to help with idea generation, projects, social networks, productivity, self-knowledge?

Water

Be like water, my friend. What does it mean?

Focus on where water comes from. It rains on the mountains. Many streams form. Many unite and form a river. Then a lake. A sea. Ocean.

Be like a rain and a small river first.