Tagged: Education

Co-Working and Education

Yesterday, David Wolinsky wrote a between-the-eyes piece on ADMCi’s blog about why co-working doesn’t live up to its inherent potential of 1+1=3. It was a more direct way of saying what I did a few months ago.

To me, the a-ha moment was realizing that the people behind many co-working spaces still haven’t figured out how to create the “stickiness” that’s so critical to any business. As David rightly puts it, many believe “we’ve got a spare room, let’s rent it out to a bunch of strangers to work.” Sorry, contrary to what they may think, co-working is not a simple real estate play. Continue reading

Working On the Business, Working On the Mind

To participate in The Junto Institute’s curriculum, our founders “go” to class, “go” to the leadership forums, and “go” to office hours. All are held at our host partner’s sites, Catapult Chicago and Foley & Lardner.

For the rest of the curriculum – the mentoring program – meetings are scheduled mostly at the startups’ offices. So while they don’t “go” anywhere literally, they spend time thinking and talking about the business with their mentors every few weeks. Continue reading

(Re)Inventing Adult Education

When it comes to education and its reform, adult learning has been – and remains – overlooked. Unlike primary and secondary education, adult ed lacks a designed process, defined structure, and dedicated institutions.

As adults, the only thing we know is why we should learn. We have to figure out on our own what to learn, how to learn, when to learn, and from whom.  As admirable as that may sound, it’s not the most efficient use of our precious time. Adult ed is a highly fragmented and self-directed pursuit and that needs to change.  It can and should have a designed process. Continue reading

Just Show Up

If you don’t, you don’t learn anything. Conversations happen without you, insights occur that you never get access to, and experiences get shared that you may not hear. If you try to catch up, you end up playing the telephone game and get an abbreviated or inaccurate version. And it’s not their fault for being brief or wrong; it’s your fault for not showing up. Continue reading

The Incongruency of Education and Life

There’s no syllabus for life.

No course objectives, learning outcomes, class schedule, homework, or textbooks. We’re not told when to show up or given a rubric. We don’t get a choice of instructors, access to their office hours, or the topics they believe we should explore.

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To My Students

  1. I believe entrepreneurship can’t be taught but I do believe it can be learned. My job is to help make that happen by being a facilitator, coach, and mentor rather than a teacher. Your job is to help make it happen by telling me how I can help you.

  2. I believe entrepreneurship is learned when it mimics what entrepreneurs go through everyday: ambiguity, change, uncertainty, learning from failure, and celebrating small wins. Taking initiative, making decisions, and asking for help along the way. Having a vision you don’t deviate from and having a plan that you do deviate from. Always iterating and improving because it’s never good enough.

  3. I believe entrepreneurship is learned by doing and thinking. I can “see” the doing based on the work you do but I can’t “see” the thinking. The closest I can come to that is by hearing what you have to say.

  4. I believe in learning together. Each of us has only one brain capable of producing thoughts based on experiences, ideas, and talents. When we share those thoughts with others, everyone learns more. The more brains that share, the more exponential the learning becomes.

  5. I believe learning goes to another level when we’re pushed outside our comfort zone but allowed to stay in our safety zone.

  6. I believe learning is lifelong. What you learn in this course should be useful far and beyond the course, the academic year, and your degree.

  7. I believe I can help make you smarter and better. And it will require both of us to take a leadership role.

Exponential Learning

Here’s one of the worst-kept secrets around: when you learn with others, everyone learns more. Yes, it sounds basic but it’s pretty profound.

When you learn by yourself, it’s all in your head. Anything you take away from the class or book is a conversation you have with yourself. All the thoughts, ideas, ruminating, and problem-solving is created by you and consumed by you. Continue reading