This week I was in Jajce in Bosnia Herzegovina to work with Cultural Heritage without Borders and about 50 heritage professionals from different countries in the region. My task was to plant a seed for a platform for Balkan heritage activism and maybe give it some initial clout. I’m a big fan of CHwB’s work and I love the Balkans, so obviously I felt both honoured and worried by this opportunity. After all, how does one build a platform in 2,5 hours and a country so different from home?
I decided to ruthlessly steal the best ideas I’ve been exposed to in recent years and to pick the brain of a highly experienced facilitator who also happens to be my partner, which spared me what should have been a rather significant bill. All this in the long tradition of the digital revolution, as I understand from Isaacson’s The Innovators, from which I understand innovation in essence is stealing and picking people’s brains.
Based on the stealing and picking, I opted to approach the challenge with ‘network learning’. Network learning untaps the potential in any group to learn from each other’s knowledge, experiences and skills. Add Google and overflowing LinkedIn groups and the pool of potential learning in any network is virtually unlimited. My own network pointed me to a toolkit about network learning (in Dutch, sorry) and great warming up exercises. Continue ReadingRead More »