In our 4th WEDS #smchat Twitter Chat series on #socialchange, we’ve been exploring how to spark and expand engagement across our web-based social networks .. a diffcult set of challenges, to be certain.
Today we delve into social learning, seeking new ways to tackle the complex problems at the core of social change initiatives.
It’s been said that “all learning is social” and on reflection, it’s clear: groups of trusted stakeholders (teachers, other learners, colleagues) can give us an interactive sounding board, a safe place to test our newest ideas. Dialog is a powerful way to energize the learning process.
I believe social change initiatives can reap huge benefits via social learning. How so? Back to our opening premise: at the heart of any social change effort are difficult questions: What is the root problem at hand? How can we realistically attack it? How do we engage the right stakeholders?
As we learn with others, we expand our capacity for breakthrough thinking.
Harold Jarche is a noted speaker, consultant, and social learning practitioner, who has been working in and around this space since it’s inception. He talks about the fundamentals of social learning in his 2015 post Moving to Social Learning. We’ll tap some of his thinking in today’s discussion frame:
- Q1. Definition. Harold Jarche says shared experiences are the foundation of social learning. Can such sharing enable #socialchange? How?
- Q2. Rationale. Solving complex problems takes a team. How can we foster and/or amplify the necessary feedback?
- Q3. Alternatives. What happens when groups/teams fail to learn?
- Q4. Takeaways. What steps can change leaders take to embrace social learning? Do we start with trust? Or does it emerge?
Our #smchat conversation resumes every WEDS at 1 pm ET, as we discuss key topics across the broader #socialmedia community. We hope you’ll join us. It’s always a lively conversation.
Chris (aka @sourcepov)
P.S. Watch for chat transcripts linked here, shared as a comment to this post; and as always, we’d love your feedback.
- see Harold Jarche’s site http://jarche.com for more on social learning.
- see also The DNA of Collaboration for an in depth look at success factors for collaborative learning, with foundations for group-based problem solving; for the latest, follow the monthly online Twitter Chat at #orgdna