Summary of Learnscape Architecture

Learnscape Architecture:
Getting things done in organizations

Along this path are thoughts about getting things done in today’s volatile, unpredictable, accelerating world. The industrial age is over, and we are gradually shedding the rigid, dehumanizing practices that manufactured the goods that lifted us from subsistence to abundance. It’s jarring enough to give up a mindset that was so rewarding, but the challenge before us is even more daunting.

For most of history, humans were pawns of gods and spirits with scant identity of their own. Four centuries ago, Descartes declared himself independent of the spirits, saying “I think therefore I am.” Newton discovered “laws” that defined the physics of how the world works. For every action, there was an equal and opposite reaction. The Newtonian world is a machine, and god becomes a watchmaker. Descartes and Newton set the stage for the industrial revolution which is now coming to a close after a good quarter-millenium run.

Today people are in deep denial about the crumbling of their fundamental beliefs about time, matter, causality, logic, control, predictability, and knowledge, yet the evidence is pouring in:

  • Time is relative.
  • Matter is simultaneously a partical and wave.
  • Everything is connected; nothing is caused in isolation.
  • Asymetric results defy logic.
  • Control is in the imagination; probabilties rule.
  • The outcome of complex adaptive systems is forever unpredictable.
  • Knowledge is a shared reality, not something in our heads.

Growing into a new consciousness will require a whale of a lot of unlearning. Maybe de-programming is a more apt term. Such techniques as visualization, mindfulness, metaphor, and group activity will help. Decades.

In the meanwhile, organizations have missions to accomplish. We can’t sit on our hands until the new way of thinking is in place. That’s the core purpose of this un-book: helping organizations prosper during the transition. We focus on getting things done. Now