I like to tell people that the key to being and/or sounding smart is to hang out with smart people. And, one of the names that would quickly comes to mind if asked to recommend who to hang out with is John Seely Brown, aka JSB. JSB, - who’s been a friend for over 25 years, - was chief scientist at Xerox and director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June of 2000. He is now the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and a visiting scholar at USC. But, as noted in his personal website, his chief occupation is Chief of Confusion,“helping people ask the right questions, trying to make a difference through my work- speaking, writing, teaching.”
Transform our learning paradigms for the digital age is one of the main topics JSB has long been exploring, most recently in Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner in the 21st Century, - an article based on a presentation of the same title. Entrepreneurial learners aren’t necessarily entrepreneurs, but like entrepreneurs, they are “constantly looking for new ways, new resources, new peers and potential mentors to learn new things.”
Why is it so important to foster a more entrepreneurial style of learning? Our educational system has long been based on the assumption that learning is mostly about acquiring knowledge as well as critical skills to enable us to apply whatever we learned in school throughout our careers, say 30 - 40 years.