What we learn at Knowmads – the recurring question seems to have entered the current discussion again. Jonas just posted about what he has learned at Knowmads and what he still hopes to learn (here). When potential new tribe members come here they ask us and themselves what they will learn, everybody that I try to explain Knowmads to asks me what I learn, we even ask ourselves at times what it is. The list is long (see Jonas post). Knowmadic Learnings ask for some reflection – and anyway I have to add my two cents.
There are two things that I believe describe our learnings to some extent. First: Everybody learns something different – everybody learns what he wants and needs most. Second: We learn skills not facts.
Now this is a start – but not exactly one that makes it easier to understand what learnings at Knowmads are all about. I believe it is not measurable.
Plus: We work and learn in a group setting, we do some workshops with the other tribe or the Knowmadic Learning Lab together, and some only with our tribe – ten people. We have crammed schedules and spend a lot of time together, so it all becomes pretty intensive rather soon.
We are constantly mirrored by the people we work with and we see how they approach things, which triggers insightful processes that lead most of us to more group- and self-awareness.
That´s also a factor that makes it sometimes harder to grasp what we learn – it can be really personal. Some learnings – for me that is the case – are “emotional learnings”. Others – skills that can be more satisfyingly described, such as learning about blogging are easier to put on paper.
But still: Learning here is a constant process. It is not something that can be broken into pieces. And again, things are intertwined. While learning about blogging while I blog I may also discover some getting-things-done strategies that work really well for me and when I apply them in another field I may learn something entirely different again – for example the weird reaction of somebody tells me something about how to communicate what I get done.
Anyway, the idea was to write about why I write about my Knowmadic Learnings and want to make that a routine, a weekly thing if I have the stamina. I´ll get to the point now (also something I have to learn).
I have the feeling that there is more than one learning process going on in my mind right now. More than two, more than five. Lots of overlapping fragments. I cannot understand the puzzle now, it seems to be only possible with hindsight.
But sometimes I get something, and I want to put it on paper. I have tried different methods of harvesting and since my first blogpost I have the feeling that writing about it in a way that forces me to think about my learnings processes some more helps me. So, at the core I am writing this for myself, to piece it together in a couple of months.
I´ll stick around and keep you updated.