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Marinating in the Mooc

… with our language. As technology, innovation and change speed up, I have noticed that our language is not keeping up. It shows up in group discussions as participants attempt to describe a phenomenon or negotiate an understanding of something of shared value. We all use different descriptive language but all pointing in somewhat the same direction. It’s very messy.

Not only is our language not keeping up descriptively (I started a desktop publishing business before the word was invented) but our language (decidedly linear) is structurally incompatible with emerging and interrelated phenomenon such as we see in system dynamics.


Our shared language has no time to stabilize and I begin to wonder how we understand each other at all.

On the other hand, now that our static run-of-the mill knowledge is easily available online, it frees us up to tread into new non-linear cognitive territories such as systems thinking, gaming, design thinking, programming, and robotics, to name a few.

Now that I have written this down, I can forget it. Let the internet save it, and free up my brain space.


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