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    • People of the Link Estee Solomon Gray @estee @PeopleOfTheLink Asilomar Conference Center the inaugural :) President’s Weekend 2012 1Tuesday, February 21, 12 1
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    • “People of the Book” “eglise” NOT NOT 9th c. Quran NapoleonTuesday, February 21, 12 4
    • Jonathan Rosen, 2000 Charles Kadushin,Tuesday, February 21, 12 5
    • InterTwined R. Justin Stewart www.rjustin.comTuesday, February 21, 12 6
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    • At the center of the Limmud experience is a key but often overlooked attribute of Jewish learning: everyone can be a teacher and everyone must be a learner 7Tuesday, February 21, 12 7
    • At the center of the Limmud experience As much as Limmuds around the is a key but often overlooked attribute world are connected, they also of Jewish learning: everyone can be a reflect their own communities. teacher and everyone must be a learner Hence Limoud, Limmoed, & Limud. 7Tuesday, February 21, 12 7
    • At the center of the Limmud experience As much as Limmuds around the is a key but often overlooked attribute world are connected, they also of Jewish learning: everyone can be a reflect their own communities. teacher and everyone must be a learner Hence Limoud, Limmoed, & Limud. Every Limmud is literally produced by its participants. 7Tuesday, February 21, 12 7
    • From  the  outset,  Judaism  has  predicated  its   survival  on  education.    Not  education  in  the   narrow,  formal  sense  of  acquisition  of   knowledge,  but  something  altogether  more  vast.   Indeed,  the  word  ‘education’  is  altogether   inadequate  to  describe  Judaism’s  culture  of  study   and  debate,  its  absorption  of  texts,   commentaries  and  counter-­‐commentaries,  its   devotion  to  literacy  and  lifelong  learning.     Descartes  said:  ‘I  think  therefore  I  am.’   A  Jew  would  say,  ‘I  learn  therefore  I  am.’   Jonathan Sacks Chief Rabbi of the UK 8Tuesday, February 21, 12 8
    • in CHEVRUTA, please using your own life & identity(s) as text, 1. How does one know one is a physicist ? 2. How does one know one is a Jew ? What does this teach us about learning ? 8-10 mins 9Tuesday, February 21, 12 9
    • Humans are built to learn. ›❯ social animals learning Etienne Wenger http://wenger-trayner.com 10Tuesday, February 21, 12 10
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    • Where Learning Happens COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE Etienne Wenger http://wenger-trayner.comTuesday, February 21, 12 12
    • CoP Definition #1 (“In Real Life”) John Seely Brown http://www.johnseelybrown.com/ 13Tuesday, February 21, 12 13
    • “ .. for the first time, we have the technology that starts to honor the power and role of the emergent parts of an organization.” 1995 14Tuesday, February 21, 12 14
    • CoP Definition #2 (“On One Leg”*) “A social history of learning that has become a social structure.” Etienne Wenger http://wenger-trayner.com *after Hillel 15Tuesday, February 21, 12 15
    • CoP Definition #2 (“On One Leg”*) “A social history of learning that has become a social structure.” Etienne Wenger http://wenger-trayner.com *after Hillel 15Tuesday, February 21, 12 15
    • Six Degrees of Canadian Cycling http://www.flickr.com/photos/gordonr/4194608074/Tuesday, February 21, 12 16
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    • Network of Practice “An extended social history of learning that has become an extended social structure.” *after Hillel 19Tuesday, February 21, 12 19
    • prac How Learning Actually Happens meaning practice knowing in action learning participation reification innovation identityTuesday, February 21, 12 20
    • To see oneself as a Jew is to see oneself as part of a conversation. A conversation that extends over time, space, media, generations ... In fact, Judaism IS the conversation. Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of Jewish Theological Seminary speaking to MPJCDS board, c1997Tuesday, February 21, 12 21
    • Jewish Learning Peer Learning chevruta Discipleship va’ad beit midrash Dialogue ... Makloket Hiddush http://pennhillel.org/files/u64/SNL_brochure_pics__4_smaller.jpg 22Tuesday, February 21, 12 22
    • Maya Bernstein “Hevruta: From Study to Action” summer/fall 2011 ‣ cultivation of compassionate listening ‣ responsibility for the other ‣ ideas are multifaceted and complex ‣ movement between intellectual discussion & personal contemplation ‣ deliberate partnering - paving the way for critical relationshipsTuesday, February 21, 12 23
    • Jewish Practice Christianity puts a premium on belief. Piety is determined by how committed one is to the belief in God and in Jesus as Savior. Yet, belief, in many Christian views, is not something that the individual achieves by his/her own efforts. Rather, belief (or faith) is a gift or grace of God that helps one find Truth and thus achieve personal salvation. Judaism puts primacy on action and not belief. It puts supreme emphasis on imitatio dei. Judaism is a call to turn all actions in the everyday world into moments that transcend the mundane and find higher meaning and significance—acts of holiness. The centerpiece of holiness is not prayer to God or belief in God; rather, it is the performance of mitzvot... the halakhah (literally “the way”), which is the holy practice that leads to salvation (which though in Christianity generally means “saving” in Judaism can be more likened to tikkun olam—or repairing the world). Josh Plaskoff LEARN OR DIE: COVENANTAL COMMUNITIES AS A NEW APPROACH TO HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, PhD dissertation, 2008, School of Education, Indiana University 24Tuesday, February 21, 12 24
    • Yehuda Kertzer Journal of Jewish Communal Service Winter/Spring 2011.Volume 86, No. 1/2.  "Renew Our Days as of Old": A Tradition of Innovation Innovation as a Metric of Jewishness God innovates in the act of b’reishit bara ... the rabbis interpret this cosmogenic moment as one of innovation more than creation: God makes new within known frameworks and using preexisting elements. Human creative acts .... must follow the same rules. The language of innovation is not merely faddish but instead is integral to the processes of Jewishness The halaKhic system at it core entails an innovative process of ‘making new’ ancient ideas by applying them to contemporary circumstances. .the ability to effectively stand with one’s feet in the past while seeing beyond it to the present and future .. the taqqanah (fix) the hiddush (makes new)Tuesday, February 21, 12 25
    • Silicon Valley Learning/Practice a constant re-expressing or re-domaining of old tasks — accounting, or transportation, or medical diagnostics — within new worlds of the possible.” - ... not a magical, linear process marked by a series of “Eureka!” moments. .. - more like the way a system of legal codes forms: slow, organic, & cumulative.  “combinatorial evolution” at the interstices between disciplines and sectors With domains, what comes into being is not a new device or method, but a new vocabulary for expression -- a new language for ‘programming’ new functionalities in.  And this happens by slow emergence. Technology evolves much as a coral reef builds itself from activities of small organisms — it creates itself from itself; and all technologies are descended from earlier technologies 26Tuesday, February 21, 12 26
    • People of the Link The link, not the book, is (and always has been) the core of Judaism. InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com )Tuesday, February 21, 12 27
    • People of the Link The link, not the book, is (and always has been) the core of Judaism. co ncept pr actice value me aning InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com )Tuesday, February 21, 12 27
    • From covenant & commandment to community, commentary & conversation, the most basic acts of Jewish life are all forms of linking. text learning leadership prayer practice peoplehood ..... Even the Book is Linked. 28 InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com )Tuesday, February 21, 12 28
    • TIE LINK NODE NODE relationship connection activityTuesday, February 21, 12 29
    • covenant a thick, bidirectional tie the most profound of relationshipsTuesday, February 21, 12 30
    • commandedness covenantTuesday, February 21, 12 31
    • Link NODE NODE person G-d person self person person person communityTuesday, February 21, 12 32
    • People of the Link commentary, conversationTuesday, February 21, 12 33
    • People of the Link community, authorityTuesday, February 21, 12 34
    • People of the Link conversion, affiliation RuthTuesday, February 21, 12 35
    • radical thought LinkTuesday, February 21, 12 36
    • radical thought LinkTuesday, February 21, 12 36
    • radical thought Link (a mutually interactive verb: entailing an interdependency between two subjects, each being the object for the other. )Tuesday, February 21, 12 36
    • The closest we can come to thinking about God is as a process rather than a being. We can think of it as “be-ing,” as verb, rather than noun ... We might call It God-ing ...Tuesday, February 21, 12 37
    • From covenant & commandment to community, commentary & conversation, the most basic acts of Jewish life are all forms of linking. text learning leadership prayer practice peoplehood ..... Even the Book is Linked. 38 InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com )Tuesday, February 21, 12 38
    • why ?Tuesday, February 21, 12 39
    • Three Eras of Jewish History Three Stages of Covenant Rabbi Yitz GreenbergTuesday, February 21, 12 40
    • Three Eras of Jewish History Three Stages of Covenant Rabbi Yitz GreenbergTuesday, February 21, 12 40
    • [LAY? ] Three Eras of Jewish History Three Stages of Covenant Rabbi Yitz GreenbergTuesday, February 21, 12 40
    • Link ! Three Eras of Jewish History Three Stages of Covenant Rabbi Yitz GreenbergTuesday, February 21, 12 40
    • omg-d moments (Aspen 1996) ‣‘The Jews’ actually skipped the whole pyramid hierarchy thing. ‣ We’ve been living & evolving radically linked architectures for millennia. ‣ (But evidently lost our language for it along the way. ) 41Tuesday, February 21, 12 41
    • “Judaism  has  always  been  a  religion  of  grassroots   organizing    and  the  rabbinic  model  of  the  20th   century  synagogue  is  perhaps  the  most  foreign  to  the   traditional  Jewish  heritage.   The  real  question  is  not  how  are  independent   minyanim  new,  but  how  are  suburban  synagogues  -­‐  a   product  of  early  to  mid-­‐twentieth  century  -­‐  a  departure   from  a  Jewish  organizing  heritage  shared  by  ...  dozens   of  Jewish  communal  structures  of  years  past. There  is  no  new  “big  idea”;    there  is  just  investment  in  the  old,  but  in   a  serious,  meaningful,  and  thoughtful  way.”’Tuesday, February 21, 12 42
    • New/old language: The Networking of Knowledge “ We thought that knowledge was scarce, when in fact it was just that our shelves were too small. Our new knowledge is not even a set of works. It is an infrastructure of connection.” “ Traditional knowledge is what you get when paper is its medium... an accident of paper.” “Networked knowledge is less certain but more human. Less settled but more transparent. Less reliable but more inclusive. Less consistent but far richer. It feels more natural because the old ideals of knowledge were never realistic...” 43Tuesday, February 21, 12 43
    • New/old language: The Networking of Knowledge “ The smartest person in the room is the room itself: the network that joins the people and ideas in the room and connects to those outside of it. It’s not that the network is becoming a conscious super-brain. Rather, knowledge is becoming inextricable from - literally unthinkable without - the network that enables it.” 44Tuesday, February 21, 12 44
    • “To think that knowledge itself is shaped like books is to marvel that a rock fits so well in its hole in the ground.” David Weinberger , Too Big To Know 45Tuesday, February 21, 12 45
    • “To think that knowledge itself is shaped like books is to marvel that a rock fits so well in its hole in the ground.” David Weinberger , Too Big To Know “To think that Judaism itself is made of its institutions is to ... 45Tuesday, February 21, 12 45
    • (invitation to reconsider ) learning People of the Link leadership funding prayer practice peoplehood ..... 46 InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com )Tuesday, February 21, 12 46
    • (LIMMUD = learning) = Link 47Tuesday, February 21, 12 47
    • (LIMMUD = learning) = Link As Jews, Link is one of our native national languages. But, as with Hebrew, we need to relearn how to speak it. 47Tuesday, February 21, 12 47
    • (LIMMUD = learning) = Link As Jews, Link is one of our native national languages. But, as with Hebrew, we need to relearn how to speak it. To educate a Jew is to bring him/her into the Jewish community of practice and to link him/her to the larger network that is the Jewish people. - Josh Plaskoff, Estee Solomon Gray, NATE conference, Feb 2011 47Tuesday, February 21, 12 47
    • Go Forth and Link ! 48Tuesday, February 21, 12 48
    • Appendices 49Tuesday, February 21, 12 49
    • Judaism as CoP/NoP MEANING IDENTITY LEARNING content praxis relationship reification participation 50Tuesday, February 21, 12 50
    • JUDAISM COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE ■ Learning is the root process ... ■ “I learn therefore I am.” ■ ... out of which emerges community, meaning, identity, practice. ■ and not only individual communities, but whole landscapes, whole peoples ■ The socialness of it all! ■ Both the engine & the output of learning are social. ■ Jews are always negotiating of meaning ! ■ The primacy of practice over belief ■ Removing the hyphen in Judaeo-Christian ■ The primacy and extensibility of active link / covenant / commandment / community ■ Distributed authority and multiple global/local forms of power ■ Since the destruction of the Temple, if not before ■ The primacy and extensibility of active link / covenant / commandment ■ People of the Link 51Tuesday, February 21, 12 51
    • CONGRUITY Estee’s professional/community life 1970-2010Tuesday, February 21, 12 52
    • 1995 2000 2005 2010 53Tuesday, February 21, 12 53