We saw a need
But let's face it, change is hard
After decades of making change happen in learning, we became frustrated. We believe learning is on the verge of disruption. Lots of people are trying new things. Lots of work is being done to share best practices. But few people are focused on bringing the biggest, most transformative ideas to those in a position to transform learning. We experienced this first hand while making change happen in learning at institutions such as LinkedIn, DigitalThink, ?WhatIf!, and McKinsey. Much as we tried, it was hard to keep our eye on the next horizon while growing and evolving the current offering...
The possible is obscured by the reasonable
Learning ia discipline well-informed by theory and best-practice, but what we "know" about something can keep us stuck in the past. On many fronts, the gap between the status quo in learning and what society needs is enormous. How can we close the gap if we don't have the courage to ask, what if?
Learning is designed to meet the needs of institutions, not individuals.
Overwhelmingly, institutions define the learning objectives for the populations they represent. The designers of learning experiences from kindergarten classrooms to executive boardrooms are designing to meet the needs of institutions. Can we be giving people the most effective learning experience if we're not designing to meet their needs?
New technologies are stifled by old instructional approaches.
Instead of asking how we can use new technologies to reinvent learning, we're using them to double-down on instructional models that are out of synch with our vastly changed world. Technology has the potential to unlock new models of collaboration and discovery. How do we harness the disruptive power of technology to unlock possibilities for individual growth and development?
We are not working like innovators.
Innovation isn't just a mindset, it's a discipline that can produce consistent results in all kinds of uncertain environments. Adopting innovation practices requires learning new tools and skills and a culture that values risk, honesty and autonomy. How do we build a culture of innovation where we need it most?
We believe learning can change if we can
Our mission is to help make that happen
Take a stand for transformation
Transformation starts with a stand that something else is possible. It requires that people have the courage to tell the truth about what is and isn't working - to examine the unexamined and to go looking for solutions in places we haven't looked before. If you're reading this, we're talking to you.
Connect across the ecosystem
What is important about learning at different stages of a person's life is more the same than it is different. Innovations across K-12, Higher Ed, and Adult/Corporate learning have relevance across the ecosystem, but transformation requires collaboration across the silos.
Refocus on the individual
Standardized goals and methodologies for learning leave a huge amount of individual capacity unrealized. By refocusing learning on the fullest expression of each individual we unlock powerful new potential for them and the institutions they inhabit. And today, we can do it at scale.
Embrace technology disruption
Technology is a huge driver of societal change and there are powerful possibilities in disruptive technologies. Often technology is deployed to add new capabilities to existing delivery models - with limited impact. If instead, we use technology to remove the operating constraints that keep ineffective learning strategies in place, we can better harness their transformative potential.
Adopt the tools of innovation
The tools of customer insight, ideation, rapid-prototyping and disciplined experimentation have been producing consistent results in unpredictable environments for well over a decade. Innovation is a business process well suited to the problem of driving transformational change in the complex and interconnected learning ecosystem.
We are just arrogant enough to think we can make a difference. :-)
Who we are
A learning innovator, Robert led the development of learning technologies at companies like DigitalThink, McKinsey & Co., ?WhatIf! Innovation and LinkedIn, and on the boards of learning professional and technical organizations for over two decades
As Partner and CLO at McKinsey & Co., Marcia was responsible for building one of the world's most lauded leadership development capabilities. Working with the firm's top executives, Marcia saw first-hand the possibility of personal transformation, and the role that technology can play in enabling personal growth.