Is your knowledge depreciating? (And what to do about it...)
"In Thank You For Being Late, Thomas Friedman cites works by John Hagel III, John Seeley Brown, and Lang Davidson that suggest that we have already reached a point where what a person or organization has is being superceded by how well they participate in flow. Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Hagel, Seeley Brown, and Davidson say that in the past 'if you knew something valuable, something nobody else could access, you had, in effect, a license to print money. All you needed to do was to protect and defend that knowledge'. Now, they believe, 'there's a good reason to think that value is shifting from knowledge stocks to knowledge flows. As the world speeds up, stocks of knowledge depreciate at a faster rate', and to succeed, individuals and organizations will 'have to continually refresh our stocks of knowledge by participating in relevant flows of new knowledge'."
--Grant Lichtman, Moving the Rock (2017)
It is hard to overstate how important this shift is.
It is more important for learners to know how to learn than it is for them to know certain things.
To be clear, this is not an argument for getting rid of content. "Skills vs. content" is a false choice.
If you teach students how to access and participate in knowledge flow, then they will learn the content they need when they need it.
If you're a teacher, I strongly recommend you sign up for this free session. It is a unique opportunity to access and participate in flow.
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