Respond constructively to disruptions…

…or see your organization or institution die.


A classmate in Stanford’s MOOC, Designing New Learning Environments, pulled this from Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem, from the KnowledgeWork Foundation:

If inertia prevents today’s public education system from responding constructively to disruptions, students, parents, and learning agents will create alternative value webs that may or may not be accessible to all.

A little interia is healthy in a community because it gives rise to counterculture. Where a central authority, be it a school administration or state government becomes all-managing, all-controlling we find authoritarianism and totalitarianism. We want interest groups to spontaneously form and disband as they need and wish. That adds vitality and character to the organization. But at some point, this becomes counterproductive, anarchic and even self-destructive.


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