Lateral Learning

lateral learningA month or so ago, I discovered some notes from a few years back that I jotted down from the book, “The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World” by Jeremy Rifkin that I want to share. In Part III of the book, Chapter 8, Mr. Rifkin introduces the concept of “Lateral Learning”. Link to Book in Amazon. As I reviewed my notes, it occured to me that Lateral Learning represents my vision for leading a group of enlighted space and occupancy planners. LinkedIn Group link

According to Mr. Rifkin, in Lateral Learning “Knowledge is not regarded as objective, autonomous phenomena but, rather, the explanations we make about the common experiences that we share with each other.” Sharing and explaining common experiences with other group members has been a fundimental key to my professional success in strategic facilities and space planning and how I envision this group to operate.

Mr. Rifkin continues, “To seek the truth is to understand how everything relates and we discover those relationships by our deep participation with others. The more diverse our experiences and interrelationships, the closer we come to understanding reality itself and how each of us fits into the bigger picture of existence.” Thus, building professional relationships via “deep participation” will enable us to grow in our profession, gain confidence in our understanding of the changes in the workplace and enable us to make positive changes for our clients.

Are you open to Lateral Learning? If so, please let me know how you would like to participate.

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