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Why experiential learning is more important than sleeping with your smartphone

In Active Learning, Aikido, High Tech, High Touch, Leave Your Comfort Zone on October 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm

On the topics of Know-How, Technology, and Tribal Knowledge

by John Lesko

 

Know-how is a term for practical knowledge on how to accomplish something, as opposed to “know-what” (facts), “know-why” (science), or “know-who” (communication). Know-how is often tacit knowledge, which means that it is difficult to transfer to another person by means of writing it down or verbalizing it. (Source: Wikipedia)

Know-how is a term for practical knowledge on how to accomplish something, as opposed to “know-what” (facts), “know-why” (science), or “know-who” (communication). Know-how is often tacit knowledge, which means that it is difficult to transfer to another person by means of writing it down or verbalizing it. (Source: Wikipedia)

If I tell you how to tie a figure 8 with a back-up knot, there’s a good chance it will take a long time for you to get it right. If I show you how, the odds for success improve. And if we practice tying knots together — before you know it — you’ll soon be dressing that knot and either climbing or belaying with confidence in your equipment.

 

Technology ("science of craft", from Greek τέχνη, techne, "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and -λογία, -logia[3]) is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, etc. or it can be embedded in machines, computers, devices and factories, which can be operated by individuals without detailed knowledge of the workings of such things. (Source: Wikipedia)

Technology (“science of craft”, from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand”; and -λογία, -logia[3]) is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, etc. or it can be embedded in machines, computers, devices and factories, which can be operated by individuals without detailed knowledge of the workings of such things. (Source: Wikipedia)

What are the 5 keys to mastery according to Sensei George Leonard?

  1. Seek Instruction
  2. Practice, Practice, Practice
  3. Surrender to the Discipline
  4. Work the Mental Game
  5. Push The Edge

 

 

If you aspire to master an art or trade, consider studying the technology of learning. Apply the above listed five keys to mastery and soon others will seek your counsel and insight.

Tribal knowledge is any information or knowledge that is known within a tribe but often unknown outside of it. A tribe may be a group or subgroup of people that share a common knowledge. With a corporate perspective, "Tribal Knowledge or know-how is the collective wisdom of the organization. It is the sum of all the knowledge and capabilities of all the people.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Tribal knowledge is any information or knowledge that is known within a tribe but often unknown outside of it. A tribe may be a group or subgroup of people that share a common knowledge. With a corporate perspective, “Tribal Knowledge or know-how is the collective wisdom of the organization. It is the sum of all the knowledge and capabilities of all the people.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Where do you find opportunities to practice? How can you optimize your learning? Seek out others who have studied what it is you’d like to learn. Then join their dojo. Become a member of their “tribe.”

 

Now as for spending your time on-line, visiting and/or living in a virtual world …

Ask yourself which you enjoy better: sharing a hug & kiss in real life or pretending while wearing goggles and staring at a screen. Which experience allows you to break a sweat and get your hands dirty?
To live a better life, you must experience it. Think outside the box. Put down that smartphone or tablet, turn off your computer. Think outside — no box or batteries required. Bye for now …

 

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Note: This art is a father-daughter collaboration. The original, numbered print is by Kelsey Lesko. Placing it in an inexpensive frame w/ the John Muir quote is my idea.

 

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Make time to clean, mend, and iron out life’s small problems

In Aha!, Aikido, Alignment, elbow grease, High Touch, sharpen the saw, time management on April 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The rain allows time
for mending, ironing, and
following the way.

It's time to mend this old gi and find again the pleats in this hakama.

It’s time to mend this old gi and find again the pleats in this hakama.

Cleaned, pressed, and folded as best I can remember how.

Cleaned, pressed, and folded as best I can remember how.

Hope springs eternal

In Aha!, High Touch on April 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm

April has given

us flowers and hopefulness.

Let your spirit soar.

 

Hope springs eternal

Hope springs eternal

Nature Finds a Way

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Communication, Confidence Course Facilitator, High Touch, teamwork on April 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm
Students navigate the Blind Maze at the EDGE on April 13.

Students navigate the Blind Maze at the EDGE on April 13.

Obviously not long enough

In Cartooning, Communication, High Touch on April 9, 2013 at 12:14 am
Q: How long have we been married?A: Obviously, not long enough.

Q: How long have we been married?
A: Obviously, not long enough.

Empty nest

In Communication, High Touch on April 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm

last years nest beckons.007

Smiles matter

In Communication, High Touch on April 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm
Another haiku for National Poetry Writing Month 2013

Another haiku for National Poetry Writing Month 2013

Democracy in action. It’s a beautiful thing!

In Communication, High Tech, High Touch, leadership, Open Space Technology on October 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

“Thank you very much for facilitating last night.  The school board gave rave reviews on your ability to stay on point and making sure that everyone’s voice was heard.  Your kindness to volunteer last night is extremely appreciated.”

City of Manassas community forum (left)

City of Manassas community forum (center)

While much of of America was preparing for or listening to the Presidential candidate debate, many concerned citizens from the City of Manassas were also participating in a community forum focused on local issues.

Image of the program for the evening …

Democracy in action.  It’s a beautiful thing.  I’m glad that I volunteered to serve as one of several facilitators who helped collect inputs on schools, roads, government facilities, programs, parks, and recreation.

Play at The EDGE – Cont’d

In Confidence Course Facilitator, High Ropes Course, High Touch, leadership on September 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

To assist folks leave their comfort zone and enter into their challenge or learning zone — this is the essence of experiential learning that occurs on a confidence course such as found at the Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning (a.k.a. “The EDGE“).  Of course the perceived stakes are higher (pun intended) when a group works through a high-ropes challenge.  On belay!

The “Turtle-Monkeys” (a group of 5th graders) save a box turtle that was hiding under the 360-whale watch and then apply their turtle- and monkey-inspired superpowers to complete their confidence course activity. Some students were still like the turtle and others balanced like monkeys.

7th graders successfully navigate their way along the Mohawk Walk.

Are you the weakest link?

In Cool Ideas, CPR and First Aid, High Touch on August 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Call 911, administer CPR, learn to use an AED, and get a patient quickly into the hands of medical professionals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, every year over three quarters of a million Americans have a first coronary attack. And nearly another half million who have already had one or more coronary attacks have yet another attack.

In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion.  This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

Q: So what can you do to combat or mitigate these problems?

A: Learn how to properly give CPR, use an AED, and administer basic first aid.

With luck you may never need to use these skills.  But if you do need to come to the aid of a loved one, friend, or even a stranger … Will you be ready?

CPR “dummies” are used to teach life saving techniques. Check with the local American Red Cross for classes near you.

Infant-sized “dummies” are used to teach CPR and first aid to people of all ages — aspiring baby sitters, life guards, teachers, factory workers, and retired military work with the INFANTRY.