“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?