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#cck09 #eci831 From Intuition to Innovation – Introducing myself

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When I started last year’s first version of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Course, I faced two very confusing things. The first one culminates in this slide #5 belonging to a presentation created by George Siemens: “Helsinki Seminar”.

gsiemensPicture: Slide #5 by George Siemens: “Helsinki Seminar”

It was very difficult to begin to perceive that organization scheme 2.0 looks like the August flower in the following picture.

Picture: Irmeli Aro’s Flickr

…That one of the nodes is me. That knowledge emerges in the network: The new knowledge already exists somewhere there in the background, invisible, tacit, even hidden …waiting for becoming discovered, made visible, usable, combined in a new way, growing into innovations and sustainable solutions. Helping your organization to learn to collaborate, create, gradually reduce stress and boost well-being. That this is the way the world 2.0 around us already looks like. That the networked era already has began. That “the node-thinking” is a way, means and tool not only to manage and cope but to transform your learning and distribute this attitude – beginning from your closest surroundings and the effect gradually growing into new dimensions.

The second confusing thing was the overwhelming amount of social media tools I should learn to take into daily use. That was as unfamiliar for me as the above described “node thinking”.

Ton’s Interdependent Thoughts offered a huge help for my connective learning – in an intuitive level. Prior to the beginning of CCK08 Ton had included in response to my post to CCK08 Google Group – something I today would say is:

“Ten Rules of becoming a Social Mediator”

-I needed to learn to make sure there is enough diversity, dissent, breadth and depth in my social network for it to work as an information filter.

-I needed to learn how to avoid echo-chambers.

-I needed to learn that context is often the most important information.

-I needed to learn to measure my actions in a meaningful way, the stuff that I did do, not the stuff I could have done.

-I needed to learn to switch faster between contexts. And at the same time create enough space of focus to do stuff, not just switch all the time (like people checking their e-mail 60 times an hour).

-I needed to embrace uncertainty, and see linear problem solving as something that has its own niche of application (Like Newtonian physics has its own niche, compared to relativity theory.)

-I needed to learn complexity theory.

-I needed to learn to focus on big pictures (patterns) and minor details (my personal single actions) at the same time.

-I needed to learn to be connected and empathic on a global scale, and be deeply rooted in my local community at the same time

-I needed to learn to formulate my core values, strong beliefs, deep wishes and dreams, as a basis for choosing actions in the moment.

From learning by doing to doing by learning – from intuition to innovation

CCK08 networked learning boosted my learning by doing. Encouraged by the example and peer support of my growing network I added a small element to my 2.0 tool box every day. I understand and recognize now that it was the only way to find, create and recreate my own learning space – my path within the nodes toward the new emerging networked way of thinking and working. Even though it at times felt very stressful. Instead of learning stricktly as instructed – choosing which kind of knowledge, information and competence to produce and share by oneself.

In a year’s time of active sharing and deepening my network, concrete changes started to happen. I’ve been involved in development process of Holistic Cultural Competence Assessment (HCCA) Learning Model since the corresponding EU Socrates/Minerva Project ended in 2005.  The Learning Model looks as follows in a pre-2.0 phase:

HCCA Learning Model in pre-2.0 phase (Picture: Irmeli Aro’s Flickr)

Finding partners for furter developing the HCCA Model has been very difficult in Finland. I’m currently translating the HCCA Model in Finnish and to reflect my working process I started a blog in Finnish a couple of weeks ago. To my surprise I’ve already got remarkable contacts expressing there interest in HCCA Model. This is due my blog posts circulating withing several social networks – reaching people I’m not aware of and I never would have reached without social media tools.

My learning by doing phase is now transforming into doing by learning phase. I’m in transition. My home country is in transition. These phases resonate. This is what I meant by the chain I mentioned in my video: Learning initiave by Canadian teachers –> knowledge and competence emerging in an active global learning network –> boosts innovation in Finland.

My biggest goal for #cck09 and #eci831 is to learn more of how to encourage people to dare to try social media tools, to learn to let one’s imagination fly. With my photo of the day 2009/258 I wish us all blue skies and innovative surprises for the beginning fall – and spring for the  classmates down under 🙂

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September 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm

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#CCK09 Passing the next starting line of sharing learning connectivism :)

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The following picture visualizes well how the beginning of learning connectivism feels for the learner. The traditional learning skills focus on affecting / curing / caring for the visible part – whether we call it a problem, need, opportunity, chance, dilemma… When learning the traditional way – nothing changes, nothing new really happens after the official learning part ends.


The original Finnish text of the above picture says: “Well, that one will be easy to tear up…” (It visualizes corruption, but according to my current experience of and competence on learning, it forms a suitable metaphor for connectivism – and (trans)cultural learning in general! – as well. Connectivism is special because the start-up phase grubs the soil, even digs in the ground deep enough in order to begin to make the rootstock visible. Because the rootstock has been unvisible for year and years – learned without reflection, never unlearned – the start-up phase boosts feelings of learning like: Disorienting dilemma, cognitive overload, complete chaos… What is good and even unique in this process is that it really boosts conscious unlearnng; revealing great fresh new soil for – LEARNING!!! This is how and why connectivism is the means of (organizational) learning for this and the next decades.

After having lived the chaos learning for a year and really feeling full of collaborative energy when now passing the treshold to next challenges – what has brought me here and brought me all the energy is the amazing network of co-learners who have gatherer around me. Without you nothing of this personal learning process would have been possible. Thank you. Every one of you. From the bottom of my heart.

As a concluson of my personal learning experience so far: The connective theory is lifewide, holistic and transformative. It demands giving your everything. But because the connective learning process boosts network processes, the mutual benefits get multiplied compared to the amount an invidual gives and shares, aids and cares.

Much, much more difficult and demanding than diving into the connective theory has been learning a completely new way of studying –> working –> living by shared learning. Adopting applications like WordPress, Flickr, Twitter, Picasa, Facebook… – I would say – is less than 5% of the whole needed to be learned prior to being able to begin to put connectivism into practice. More than 95% of the learning consists of the 21st century competences of shared learning.What has been most new and different from all studying, working… cultures I’ve experinced before is that in a connective context there’s always someone to help you! Reaching this point needs conscious effort on working on your competence on critisism and openness, enthusiasm and fears, diving deep and being cautious… That’s why it takes more than 95% of your learning – in the beginning. These are skills and competences needing repeated practice and unlearning – something that never has been recognized in the cultures I’ve experienced before.

The above A-HA experience is my lead idea in front of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Course CCK09 –> distributing this knowledge in practice – and beginning within my own closest culture and surroundings. This month will be time of gathering key themes learned so far – for deepening and sharing them during CCK09. Having reached this point feels very good. Looking forward to meeting all of you – old and new CCK fellow learners :).

(Source of the picture: Photographed from Finnish Newspaper Länsiväylä, August 1-2, 2009 issue, page 14. The drawer uses alias ‘JOKE’.)

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August 3, 2009 at 11:56 am