The Clock Goes Tick Tock Tick Tock
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The Clock Goes Tick Tock Tick Tock

Written by Scott Wiese – Tribe 13

It is my first week at Knowmads. It’s a Tuesday and we begin the day with an exercise. The exercise lasts twenty minutes, and we are given only two instructions.

#1. No leaving the room.
#2. No phones.

The exercise begins.
What? Did I miss something? I look around confused at my tribe members. My tribe members look around confused at me. Someone shrugs their shoulders, I shrug mine. Well, this is weird.

The clock is running: Tick Tock, Tick Tock.
A few people start talking. Someone pulls down a book from the self and starts reading. Two girls start grooming each other. The facilitator sits in the corner surveying the situation.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock.
The clock ticks down for twenty minutes and then the exercise is over. Afterwards we talk about the past twenty minutes of nothingness. “I was bored,” someone says. “Well why didn’t you do something then?” replies the facilitator.
I think this exercise is a good metaphor for Knowmads. They create space, but you are responsible for filling it. It’s an unlearning exercise. If you do nothing, nothing happens. The onus to learn is on the individual.

But today I thought about it again, and I think there is another meaning hidden in the exercise. I think the exercise itself is a riddle. And I think I know the answer. The answer is to leave the room. Leave the room completely and never come back. You break the first rule, but you beat the game. Because it’s not a game after all, it’s a metaphor for life. Tomorrow you are just a pile of worms, so you best get moving today.

Tick Tock. Tick Tock.

1 Comment

  1. Floris Koot

    Hahaha Scott,

    You win bonus points. I once gave an exercise: deregulate the school. The students shouted for a bit and left school. They didn’t even show up for the evaluation. So I ended up being the most confused and deregulated one in the school. Freedom is everywhere, when you dare to break the rules. And everywhere is the possibility to make it valuable. Combine the two and you have…

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