Creating the space to learn

June 30, 2014 at 9:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learning… Lifelong. Empowering. Challenging. Experiential. Inspiring. Vulnerable. These are just a few of the words that come to mind readily as I reflect this afternoon. But really what it all boils down to is that learning is an opportunity, then how we show up, engage, stretch and grow is up to us as individuals and groups. Creating a space that engenders openness, inclusivity and potential can be complex but is also incredibly powerful and impactful through the difference each individual can make as they deepen connection to self, others and the world around us within their learning and leadership journey.

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“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Scanning my Facebook feed this past week I came across a linked article that grabbed my attention. It was titled, ‘Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?’. My first thought was the simplicity of the title of House of One, with the inclusivity and respect that oozes from those combination of words. “Under one roof: one synagogue, one mosque, one church. We want to use these rooms for our own traditions and prayers. And together we want to use the room in the middle for dialogue and discussion and also for people without faith. Secondly, my mind buzzed with the opportunities that are possible through creating a space like this and its application to the wider and diverse communities in which we live. Can they get on? “We can. That there are people within each group who can’t is our problem but you have to start somewhere and that’s what we are doing.”

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27872551

What words come to mind readily for you when you reflect on learning? What spaces in your families, schools, workplaces or community does this ‘House of One’ example remind you of? What opportunities exist to foster more spaces like this as individuals and groups within our global village? How do you show up, engage, stretch and grow within your own learning and leadership journey?

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.” – Mary Catherine Bateson

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