Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wisdom co-creation for collaborative education and business








Collaboration



Wisdom co-creation for creative and collaborative education and business

There is much talk about the need to transform education. Approaches to teaching and learning that nurture creativity and emphasise the importance of collaborative working are more important than ever given the social, economic and geopolitical challenges we face. Transformation at every level of the education system is of paramount importance. This is perhaps with the exception of pre-school education where the emphasis is largely on nurturing creative expression. Yet, in many cases, creativity is all too soon suppressed when children enter mainstream primary education and is enduringly depleted throughout their school lives.

Many enlightened schools and teachers are committed to supporting creative education, working in partnership with one of the plethora of creative and arts education organisations that lobby for a more creative curriculum and education ethos. In education we strive to improve standards of teaching and innovative approaches to supporting learning. In business we seek to better understand how to make money by pushing the bounds of our creativity and connecting better with each other. Increasingly humane and ecological concerns are at the heart of ‘doing well by doing good’, a kind of corporate social responsibility (CSR) philosophy. I dream that at some point business, education, science and art will talk to each other, engage in a multi-lateral way to focus on and address the challenge of creating an education system fit for preparing our young people and emergent business, education and other social and ecomomic change agents for 21st Century challenges.

Take two well known experts


One in education, the other in marketing and business:

Sir Ken Robinson is an international advisor on creative education to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. Some of his most compelling ideas about education transformation are conveyed here and well worth twelve minutes of your time:





Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, philosopher and thought leader in marketing. Seth echoes Ken’s frustrations with the education status quo here. To summarise the problem: often in the academic world there is a lack of connection with the world 'out there' which has an impact on standards of teaching, learning and ultimately the economy and society as a whole.

Both Seth and Sir Ken have written books on similar but connected topics – the importance of harnessing creativity, and nurturing talent - the combination of passion and skill - to create a remarkable future at individual, organisational and societal levels.



I compare these two figureheads as they come from different fields: education on the one hand (Sir Ken); and marketing, business and entrepreneurship (Seth) on the other. They have a lot in common.


The thread that runs through the work of both of these thought leaders is that personal potential is released when a person is: supported in developing and nurturing their talents; when creativity is harnessed; courage displaces fear; and other leadership qualities are developed. Education needs it. Business needs it.

But where is the dialogue between business and education?

Moreover, where do the conversations between the arts, science, business and education take place, the conversations that I believe hold the key to a future of deep learning and co-creation of wisdom networks?

-What will enable us to breach the status quo?
-What has to happen in our own sphere of influence to bring about a tipping point for change and transformation?
-How great, in fact, is our sphere of influence and how will we know?
-What will education transformation look like and who will lead it?




Art and science meet education and business







For some time now I have been thinking about creating spaces where multi-lateral, interdisciplinary conversations about education transformation can take place. Not just another online network or platform for learning content but physical spaces – from cafes to castles (places grand and small) where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet to learn and grow (spend a frivolous 2 minutes watching this to gain further insight into my vision – link). The agenda is intercultural leadership: the ability to work collaboratively and comfortably with a diverse group of people – with deep understanding and empathy - a compassionate style of leadership that enables people to connect, build trust and mutually beneficial relationships. Deep learning combining self awareness and empathy for others’ world views, the ‘big picture’ of global concerns and challenges and collaboration are at the heart of intercultural leadership. So I was delighted to discover there is a proven methodology for building transformational learning networks. The methodology is known as Networlding. Designed initially as a tool for supporting business development I feel it has a number of benefits for the education, cultural and learning sectors:





1. As a way of gaining momentum for the transformation in education movement that links people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines – arts and sciences - and business sectors to form alliances and collaborative networks
2. In higher education as a way of stimulating conversations within and between universities – between teaching and research and between both the arts and sciences
3. Between schools – in all their forms: business schools, universities, and influencers of the primary and secondary education systems, so that real conversations take place about how to prepare our young people and other learners for 21st century challenges where team work skills and intercultural leadership will be tantamount to success.





To what extent is this really a new kind of networking technology that will take us from a collection of connections to knowledge and wisdom?





An outline of Networlding, is provided here









To summarise, Networlding is based on the idea of forming circles of support consisting of those in your network who share your values. Most people value education, so that’s a good starting point for most of us educationists. The art is in finding connections who work in diverse fields and developing mutually beneficial relationships with them that provide seven levels of support. Known as the Support Exchange Model it offers a framework for engaging with connections in your trusted circle by developing:

1. Emotional support
2. Information support
3. Knowledge support
4. Promotional support
5. Wisdom support
6. Transformational opportunities
7. Community support


This is explained in this video


Ntworlding webinar July 2010 - Presented by Melissa Giovagnoli Wilson.


How can Networlding enable us to work collaboratively to transform education?"Networlding seeds change[/caption

The Networlding approach enables our trusted contacts to become more than connections, as their values are expressed as actions towards a shared vision or goal through the process of developing and nurturing relationships. Consider this. Our goal is education transformation at an institutional and societal level. We draw upon a diverse range of contacts through the formation of Networlding circles of support and provide input from a wider range of backgrounds – business, arts, science as well as education and the multde of organisations striving for enhanced creativity and an ethos of collaboration in education. This is required to inform the development of an education philosophy, and ultimately actions towards education transformation. The process can be enhanced further by introducing participation from young people by enabling them to form and develop their own circles.

So I’m welcoming Networlding into my world and look forward to bringing it to the world of education as a tool for enhancing interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration, unleashing creativity and knowledge and bringing about much needed transformation to the education status quo.

What do wish to transform? How can Networlding help you to achieve your personal, business and career goals?

Let’s discuss the art and science of connecting more wisely for education and cultural enhancement.

Comments welcome below.

Contact me to discuss Networlding for education transformation, business and career

sara.knowles@connectcreate.co.uk
http://www.connectcreate.co.uk

1 comment:

  1. Great post Sara.

    Everyone concerned or interested in the education of young people should watch that 11-minute video presentation based on Sir Ken Robinson's speech.

    More importantly, politicians and educational leaders around the world need to watch it as well. How can we make this happen?

    I, for one, am sending a link to the video to the Principal at my sons' high school.

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