Posts Tagged ‘experience’

One Life Experience

October 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Cross post from inside IBM.

Sunday morning my husband and I participated in World Vision’s One Life Experience at the Calgary Women’s Show. IBM provided the kiosks (used at the end of the tour for feedback) so Calgary IBMers had the opportunity to go through the experience before the show opened on Sunday.

The One Life Experience lets you… Step into the life of one of four children living in Africa and gain a new perspective on one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time: HIV and AIDS.”

Each participant is given an ipod with a different child’s story, which is narrated by Helene, but also presented from the child’s perspective. Olivia’s experience of contracting HIV after being raped and then passing it to her daughter was horrific and terrifying.

I was excited to attend this event for two reasons – curiosity and interest in the subject… but also because I’m focused on learning professionally – the use of story, personal experience, shock, fear, horror, hope, and success all contributed to making this an amazing learning experience. I was immediately engaged.

  • I was put into the situation the child physically – the tour is a 2000 square foot replica of the environment these children lived in
  • I was immersed in the experience – at one point I was asked to sit in the health clinic (as Olivia, the child I was following) to wait for my HIV results. I received the results from the nurse and then listened to Olivia describe how she felt, the stigma of having HIV in Malawi, and how she’d treated others with HIV in the past. I felt sick to my stomach.
  • I was asked to reflect – at the end of the tour I had the opportunity to pass along my thoughts and ideas of the tour. it was part feedback and part reaction to the exhibit.

I was wowed. And horrified. And inspired.

There are five touring One Life Experience exhibits in the US and one that tours Canada (schedule). If you get the chance to go, I highly recommend it.


To learn list

September 9, 2008 Leave a comment

The big question for September has branched out to our own learning as learning professionals. Essentially, we’ve been asked to share our “to learn” lists. The idea put forth in the question is that we should each have a to learn list that is of equal priority as a to do list.

Um… ok… I’ll try telling that to my clients 🙂

I don’t have a “to learn” list, but I do have a “to experience” list.

In my life I want to experience:

  • Learning a new language while I live in a country that speaks that language
  • Volunteering for a living rather than working
  • Surfing
  • Working as a chef
  • Retirement 🙂

In my work I want to experience:

  • Designing a course that makes me go “wow!”
  • A client that’s excited about collaborative learning
  • A team that’s excited about collaborative design
  • The feeling that this is “the” job that I’m meant to do

I rarely distinguish my “learning” time versus my “working” time… it’s an intertwined process. Learning while I work ensures that the context and situation is appropriate and sensible.

The big question has a several other embedded questions that are really quite interesting….

  • As Knowledge Workers, work and learning are the same, so how does a to-learn list really differ from a to-do list? How are they different than undirected learning through work, blogging, conferences, etc.?
  • Are to-learn lists really important to have? Are they as important as what Jim Collins tells us?
  • Should they be captured? Is so how?
  • How does a to-learn list impact something like a Learning Management System in a Workplace or Educational setting?
  • What skills, practices, behaviors do modern knowledge workers need around to-learn lists?

I’m going to deal with these in a separate post… My own to-experience list and how I manage it is quite different than how I see to-learn lists in formal & informal learning.

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