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There are no easy steps to take a person from one world to another. As the old saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” One of the profound beauties of that saying is that it assumes no particular beginning and sets no particular point as the end.
The journey from the Age of Schooling to the Age of Learning is like that. Each person who sets their foot to the path will be traveling a unique, personal journey. It is a journey of continuous discovery, with personal epiphanies and unique challenges as well.
So where does the journey of a thousand miles begin? Right where you are at this very moment. The only decision that is really required it to commit to the journey.
I traveled one of those roads as a teacher, and have changed shoes but not my commitment to the route as my roles have varied over the decades.
So how do you find the entry point to this path that you will be forging? Perhaps we can answer that together. I have begun a crude list that may be of help. I’ve been trying to think of places I’ve seen along the journey, roles for any of us involved.
My thinking is that together we might add to this list of things until we have enough ideas to see what some next steps might be.
My current thought is that a person might find themselves somewhere on a continuum that we would construct together, and then consider a next step. Please help me add to this guide. I welcome you adding other ideas or roles in any of the columns, or even suggesting new columns. The ones I’m really hoping we can flesh out are the ones labeled “What I’m doing” “What I’ve tried”, and “Something I’d like to try”.
For instance, if you’ve tried what Dan Pink referred to as “20% time”, then you might add that to the column “What I’ve tried.” If you’ve heard of something (maybe from someone at a conference) but haven’t tried it, put it in that column.
Here is what I have so far. If the concept doesn’t make sense, then let me know and I will see if I can add some notes to this crude “guide”.