Monday, October 7, 2013
Which brings us to the deeper question: what lessons do these organic, free-range models provide? How can they help us improve and innovate our own talent-development spaces? Here are four:
Focus on creating rich, people-centric ecosystems. They are based on
the principle that the best learning happens when humans are in intense
Put fun first. These aren’t solemn, self-important places — rather, they’re
looser, more user-driven. Emotion is not some background factor, but a vital
part of the process.
Design for lots of mixing. People aren’t segregated into levels
and classes; rather, they’re mixed together in a style that might be described
as Montessori-like, which provides a rich environment for relationships and
Focus far less on lectures/theory, and more on doing stuff.
Knowledge isn’t transferred from the top down so much as it is grown from the
bottom up, through challenge, smart design, and lots of intense reps.