Intentional Silo-busting

It’s always a joy to get insights into another industry that has an effect of silo-busting. Any time we experience interdisciplinary research or practice, that is also a great silo-busting experience. A big scale example is how neuroscience has been positively impacted by several disciplines for ground breaking discovery of how our brain develops. A more immediate example for me is how agile methodology and lean systems for software is the inspiration for  the curriculum design model I developed. However, I decided to try silo-busting through liberal arts. That seems to be a bad word in our society, or at the very least, a disrespected connotation. Nobody gets a degree in liberal arts because it’s useless in our silo driven culture (referring to the USA). Yes, certainly, there’s 20-30 credit hours required in a bachelors level degree for liberal arts, but based on my personal experience in accelerated adult education, that is by far our weakest link, which has terrifying implications with our society’s critical thinking skills.

My chance for this incredibly intentional silo-busting from my hyper focused adult education leadership, curriculum design, and lean systems in education came into play when I had the opportunity to attend Acton University’s intellectual seminar this week. Four full days of critical thinking on philosophy, religion, and economics was a chance that I couldn’t reject, despite my already overwhelming drowning June of my doctoral premise development, continued career, and oh yes, moving to another state! Then I realised that I would never have the time. I must take the time.

I know nothing whatsoever about anthropology.
I know zero about philosophy and and get knots in my stomach when I try and make sense of religion.
I don’t feel like I have a good sense of global, domestic, or community economics.

Thus,  my trek towards understanding a bigger and more holistic picture is underway this week. The foundational courses yesterday blew my mind as I feverishly scribbled notes, tweeted, and added books to my “really need to read this year” list. An overview of anthropology, government, economics and religion also shaped my decisions of sessions to attend the rest of the seminar, so I’m incredibly grateful for Acton’s requirement to take those four courses on the first day to shape an intellectual baseline regardless of background.

Back to you in a week when I reflect on my experience …

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My passion is centered around ensuring effective learning experiences that improve people's lives. Developing a learning mindset is my ultimate goal whether working with academic programs or corporate training; formal or informal learning practices. It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.

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