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Increasing Learning Effectiveness
Through Togetherness
We Are Better Together
Doug Shaw
What Goes Around
Learning Live 2013
about.me/doug.shaw
These Things I Believe
Fear – Just enough is good enough
Connection gives us meaning
Flow beats work-life balance
Conversa...
The Future World of Work
Connections & Relationships
The Oil in the Creative,
Collaborative Machine
Experiment
Adapt
©ollaboration
©ommunication
©reativity
Original?
Dining Alone
All my own work?
Not really:
• Colours from surroundings
• Mood from feelings
• Paint from Paintbox...
I Am Not An Artist
I ask people:
Can you draw/paint/sketch?
They say:
I Am Not An Artist.
We are all artists, never be
ash...
Vulnerability
Vulnerability is the path to
belonging, to innovation, trust
and creativity.
85% of interviewees for Brene
B...
Divergent Thinking
1,500
The number of people tested for ability to think divergently –
researchers looking for ability at...
Divergent Thinking
98%
The percentage of people who tested at genius level for divergent
thinking – among an audience of k...
Divergent Thinking
32%
By age 8 – 10, the percentage showing genius level divergent
thinking had fallen to 32
Divergent Thinking
10%
By age 13 - 15, the percentage showing genius level divergent
thinking had fallen to 10
Divergent Thinking
2%
A similar study of people aged over 25 revealed that only 2% were
able to think divergently at geniu...
We are routinely teaching creativity
and collaboration out of people.
Collaboration is human, not
mechanised, not standard...
Further Reading
Further Reading
Buy a book. Read a book.
Share a book. Repeat.
Without People – You’re Nothing
Photo Credits
• Photos © Doug Shaw – except:
• Cogs http://www.flickr.com/photos/pwhiddon/2435588387/
• Sunflowers http://...
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We Are Better Together

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A talk I gave at Learning Live 2013 on connections, collaboration and creativity

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We Are Better Together

  1. 1. Increasing Learning Effectiveness Through Togetherness We Are Better Together Doug Shaw What Goes Around Learning Live 2013
  2. 2. about.me/doug.shaw
  3. 3. These Things I Believe Fear – Just enough is good enough Connection gives us meaning Flow beats work-life balance Conversations are the bond Vulnerability is courage Productive beats busy Artistry is underrated
  4. 4. The Future World of Work Connections & Relationships The Oil in the Creative, Collaborative Machine Experiment Adapt
  5. 5. ©ollaboration ©ommunication ©reativity
  6. 6. Original? Dining Alone All my own work? Not really: • Colours from surroundings • Mood from feelings • Paint from Paintbox • Vibe from other people Our ideas are informed by many things
  7. 7. I Am Not An Artist I ask people: Can you draw/paint/sketch? They say: I Am Not An Artist. We are all artists, never be ashamed to admit it.
  8. 8. Vulnerability Vulnerability is the path to belonging, to innovation, trust and creativity. 85% of interviewees for Brene Brown’s research can recall a time in school that was so shaming it forever changed how they thought of themselves as learners – 50% of those recollections related to art and creativity.
  9. 9. Divergent Thinking 1,500 The number of people tested for ability to think divergently – researchers looking for ability at genius level
  10. 10. Divergent Thinking 98% The percentage of people who tested at genius level for divergent thinking – among an audience of kindergarten aged children
  11. 11. Divergent Thinking 32% By age 8 – 10, the percentage showing genius level divergent thinking had fallen to 32
  12. 12. Divergent Thinking 10% By age 13 - 15, the percentage showing genius level divergent thinking had fallen to 10
  13. 13. Divergent Thinking 2% A similar study of people aged over 25 revealed that only 2% were able to think divergently at genius level.
  14. 14. We are routinely teaching creativity and collaboration out of people. Collaboration is human, not mechanised, not standardised. It operates in the field of mixed feelings. Get used to it!
  15. 15. Further Reading
  16. 16. Further Reading
  17. 17. Buy a book. Read a book. Share a book. Repeat.
  18. 18. Without People – You’re Nothing
  19. 19. Photo Credits • Photos © Doug Shaw – except: • Cogs http://www.flickr.com/photos/pwhiddon/2435588387/ • Sunflowers http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/vincent-van-gogh- sunflowers • Vulnerable http://www.flickr.com/photos/home_of_dreams/3581920427/ • Man Reading Book http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/4297809244/ • Joe Strummer - Unknown

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