Shifting in a World of Constant Change

Seeing Megashifts & your Shifts

Photography shared by @Jack__Arts for the British Museum exhibition on Hokusai
Photography shared by @Jack__Arts for the British Museum exhibition on Hokusai

“Keep moving forward. One step at a time.” — Unknown 

Few years ago, as a sense-maker and insight patternist, I wrote this blog post: Are we in the age of collective learning?’ These days, I am also inclined to say that we are living in an age of emergence and ambiguity as @sahana2802 writes, and of megashifts as @gleonhard underlines:

“Megashifts are much more than mere paradigm shifts, which usually affect only one sphere of human activity. They arrive suddenly to transform the basis and framework of entire industries and societies. Megashifts do not replace the status quo with a new normal – they unleash dynamic forces which reshape life as we know it. Megashifts radically reconfigure the age-old relationship between our past, present and future.”

As I am diving into some gems on the web, I have also those questions in mind and notice the possibilities:

What would you do now as the Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way as scientists warn us?

-> Explore the possibilities, that @rosariodawson notices and shares here.

Which points do you see in a map of emerging technologies?

What are the impacts of emerging technologies respectively on an individual and organisational level, and on a societal level?

Which shifts can be done for embracing emergence and ambiguity?

Shifting in a World of Constant Change

This photo was shot by @rotanarotana in the art exhibition ‘Follia Continua’ @104paris.
This photo was shot by @rotanarotana in the art exhibition ‘Follia Continua@104paris.

"Empty mind, ready for anything, open to everything; beginner's mind many possibilities, experts few." — Shunryu Suzuki via @LifelongAttempt

Would an emerging way of being, becoming and doing be helpful for navigating our world in constant change?

“So how does this neo-generalist fit in with the future world? Well, the world is changing so fast, a la Thomas Friedman's acceleration, that the field that you specialize in today may be non-existent in, say, five years. You will need to constantly learn new things and to carry over what you learn in one field to the next. You will need agility, flexibility and broadmindedness to learn new things and to work with different kinds of people. It's really hard to imagine another way of succeeding with the constant change.”

“(...) So being a neo-generalist isn't going to be easy but this new world will require some form of self-discipline, courage, curiosity and continuous learning. We're going to have to figure out a way to do this. Maybe the robots can help us with that.”


Supercharging Ourselves with Machines & People

This photo was shot by @rotanarotana at the exhibition ‘Geometry in Space’ at Topographie de l’art in Paris.
This photo was shot by @rotanarotana at the exhibition ‘Geometry in Space’ at Topographie de l’art in Paris.

Would the robots and artificial intelligence can help us to create better value in our world? That is the point of view of @derosnayjoel:

"Je crois en l'INTELLIGENCE HUMAINE AUGMENTÉE en complémentarité et en symbiose avec les machines." — @derosnayjoel #IA”

Translated: “I believe in the augmented human intelligence in complementarity and symbiosis with the machines.” — @derosnayjoel #AI via @BdGeorges

My recent conversation with @writet2g was also on that topic:

“Artificial Intelligence #AI can help us get the right answers. But Intelligence Augmentation #IA can help us ask the right questions.” — @write2tg

“Would this IA be propelled by a community or a collective intelligence? Collective listening & critical thinking? What do you think?” — @rotanarotana

“Yes! Perhaps, it is individual intelligence that becomes the collective wisdom. What do you think?” — @write2tg

“Maybe there's a global (digital) citizenship/literacy/set of behaviors for oneself to develop, that can turn in collective wisdom.” — @rotanarotana

As I wrote in my old post:

Recently, after reading a great post from Gianpiero Petriglieri offering a different view on MOOCs, here is what I tweeted:

"Education is not just about skills, concepts, knowledge as commodity. Also about ties/citizenship." — @rotanarotana

So, if education is also about relationships and citizenship, how do we harness new learning curves?

This is what I had in mind about ‘a global (digital) citizenship / literacy / set of behaviors for oneself to develop, that can turn in collective wisdom’ when I had this Twitter exchange with @write2tg.

Going back to what I wrote earlier in this blog post, this question can be asked again:

What shifts can be done for embracing emergence and ambiguity?

Developing Ourselves

This photo was shot by @rotanarotana during a lovely journey in Vienna, Austria.
This photo was shot by @rotanarotana during a lovely journey in Vienna, Austria.

“Forward, always.” — @LukeCage

“Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.” — Antonio Machado via @DavidGurteen

“Education is what people do to you. Learning is what you do for yourself.” — Joi Ito

"Knowing has lost traction. Learning has become our true currency. Velocity of learning has become our competitive advantage." — @Agility3R

So, are we going to learn faster? asks @gideronro. Developing ourselves. Sure. But how can we start simply and with small steps?

“My view of the democratising potential of social technologies is unwavering. Anyone who wants to now has the opportunity to use these tools to develop future-focused skills and capabilities. Who needs a business school?

Only if accreditation, the rubber stamp, is important to you. If not, and taking advantage of amazing possibilities of being connected to people and information, the world is your oyster. You can do it!” — @smartco

Enter the modern professional learner, some guidelines and resources that are shared by @C4LPT. On her 30 Day Learning Challenges map onto 12 key ways professionals learn in the modern era, which ways are you using for developing yourself constantly?

Do you…?

Take part in conferences remotely via the backchannel and/or in person.

Read publications and blogs.

Write blogs posts or think visually.

Read books on paperback or digitally.

Do research and synthesize.

Participate to Twitter chats for professional development.

Participate to online courses.




Listen to podcasts.

Go to art-tech-science exhibitions / lifespaces in your country or region.

Do projects - remotely or in person.


Practise sports.


Weaving Ourselves

I’ve been on the path of learning continuously in many ways, and experiencing the value of exploring (un)familiar projects, as suggested in this blog post.

And I became aware of the connections between my various skills, that I have developed, via two insights:

“As you engage in developing various skills, you also see how they interrelate over time, even if it is not at all clear in the moments that you initiate the efforts to develop those skills.” — @goonth

Exploring the Possibilities

This photo was shot by @rotanarotana during a nice trip in Stockholm, Sweden.
This photo was shot by @rotanarotana during a nice trip in Stockholm, Sweden.

“In an era of specialization of either distance swimmers or sprinters @katieledecky's breadth in 🏊🏼is impressive” — @rotanarotana

While I am looking at those 2 lists of skills for working and learning in the 21st Century, it makes me reflect again on embracing creativity and multidisciplinarity diversity and on what @leadershipABC and Richard Martin wrote in their book ‘Neo-generalist’:

"Researcher and digital explorer Rotana Ty, for example, in reflecting on his own experiences living on the specialist–generalist continuum and adapting to contextual shifts, makes reference to the disc-jockey concept favoured by Sanders and Sloly. A DJ, particularly in the era that followed the emergence of hip hop in the late 1970s, constantly borrows from, samples and remixes existing music to create something new. They do in music what the modernist authors of the 1920s were doing in literature; stealing like artists, as Austin Kleon phrases it.(...) In another variation, business adviser, analyst and occasional jazz pianist Jane McConnell favours the metaphor of the drinks mixologist, who like a DJ crafts something unique from creative integration. The neo-generalist is ever curious, painting pictures, telling stories, mixing, sampling, experimenting, trying to redraw the edges of the map.”

Indeed, it is all about becoming a master of your curated and created digital gems for remixing them:

“When a D.J. brings a laptop full of music samples to a club he doesn’t play an instrument, but we don’t argue that he isn’t doing something creative in mixing those sounds to create his own effect. In the online world the only thing you’re the master of is your collection, your archive, and how you use it, how you remix it. We become digital archivists, collecting and cataloging things. I find it exciting.

(...) an educated person in the future will be a curious person who collects better artifacts. The ability to call up and use facts is the new education. How to tap them, how to use them." — Wasting Time on the Internet? Not Really

This blog post makes me revisit old posts, combine curated insights from people I learn from, and write down thoughts related to trendspotting and skills development. As I have contributed to various projects at the intersection of skills development, innovation and transmedia, I am also open to explore the possibilities.

What if we identify and leverage together the emerging trends, technologies and practices to transform the learn-work space? 

How might we explore the possibilities in the field of modern workplace learning

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