Learning & Growing with What Ifs

Today I am reflecting on the International Society for Technology in Education or most commonly known as ISTE.

In this space, I write about leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship, management thinking and Latin American markets. But mostly I look at “what if’s” and asking questions that get leaders in their fields thinking about human centered organizations.

So why am I writing about ISTE and technology in learning? First, it is part of a workshop I am participating in but also, it has a lot to do with “what if’s”. If we are to build learning organizations (organizations that continue to learn and grow through new markets and connections) “owning” own learning and seeking out questions and answers to questions are keys to doing this.

That’s the essence of ISTE Standards:

Promote future-ready learning

And if we look closely at Standards 3 & 4 specifically, “Knowledge Constructor” & “Innovative Designer”, these are really ways to construct knowledge and design solutions based on “What If’s”.

Specifically, Standard 4c called my attention because it is exactly what future ready organizations do when launching a product or service – prototype, test, and refine.

One of my favorite quotes relating to this is from Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, venture capitalist and entrepreneur promoter:

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.

Striving for perfection (or what we believe to be perfection based on constructs) in a constantly changing world means that we may never get there. As the famous Lewis Carroll said:

My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.

Learning through exploration and design through “trying” are tenants of a successful organization. The problem may just be in staying knowledge-hungry students and asking the “what if’s” as we grow up…

 

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