I hinted in a recent post that one possible technique for overcoming the obstacles a lot of us face when applying informal / free range learning strategies may be quiet subversion.
OK – maybe not so quiet since I’m writing about it...but I’m betting that my co-workers don’t read this blog.
If you are a co-worker of mine reading this blog...please don’t share our secret...
Here are some of my current subversive tactics:
1) Secretly building new skills. My co-workers think I’m just a trainer, but I’ve been secretly learning HTML/CSS, Flash, php, Captivate and other skills to
2) Blogging: Through writing blogs, I process the madness around me. If you didn’t guess, my opinions and perspectives are mine and mine alone (unless I’ve cited someone – in which case, it’s their opinion and perspective). My blogging is not sanctioned by my organization or sponsored by foundations, corporations, or individuals. As an unanticipated side benefit of this blog, I have gained access to an A-list brain trust. These people inspire, cajole, commiserate and mentor as I try to undermine the status quo.
3) Finding tools to build toys: There are lots of neat tools and widgets being created out there. Some of them are for obvious educational purposes. Many aren’t. I rely on
4) Planting toys in strategic locations: I like creating toys. Once I finish building a toy, I try to place it where it can be “stumbled” upon by my end-users. If someone “accidentally” finds one of these cool toys, I can gently encourage them to play with the toy. They may not play with the toy initially, but they know the toy is there and they are confident that they can always play with it when they want.
It’s the same strategy I use when I have to take the cats to the vet. I put the carriers out with either a familiar smelling pillow (for Chainsaw, my big kitty) or lots of catnip (for Spike, the feisty kitty). The carrier goes out the morning I have to take them for their appointment. They go in and out of the carrier – investigating. Eventually, they wind up in the carrier and the door magically shuts. BWAHAHAHAHA
If we are to free ourselves and our fellow chickens, we really need to treat it as a change management project.
Besides - we have many many years of habit to undo.....