“None of us is as smart as all of us”

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” These words were uttered by the comic strip character, Pogo. 

I recently thought about this sentiment as I was browsing through my old educational journals and saw a consistent theme: the power of learning communities.

What if true learning communities were the desired model for all our institutions: corporations, small businesses, law firms, religious institutions, law enforcement, politics, etc.  What would we see that we are not seeing now?

We might see people engaged in a different way. They would listen differently, speak differently and seek the perspectives of others.  People may have the freedom to say, “I don’t know, but I want to know, and I need your perspectives to help me clarify what I am supposed to learn.”

In order to create communities of learners, leaders must model their own curiosity. In so doing they will demonstrate, “This is a place where we are not passive.  Let’s explore this together.”

Think about the workplaces that you would consider to be strong “learning communities.”  What happens there that creates a collaborative, learning culture?

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