1) The Initiative will share this Synthesis firstly with a number of academic audiences and, with whatever refinements they might suggest, will set-up a joint conference between members of the Initiative and a selection of senior, influential policy makers from a number of lands, probably in May 1997. The Initiative will do this recognizing as it does that the full and proper development of these ideas requires sensitive intellectual, emotional and political support, and will only be possible when the ideas are understood at the most senior of levels, as well as being capable of being implemented by professionals who themselves understand the ideas, and are adept at real time innovation.
“It is not so much new research that is needed, but the making sense of that which is already known.”
2) Once such a Synthesis is accepted at an intellectual level by key senior policy makers its applications will be dependent on some very experienced practical innovators who have to combine a deep, informed, and probably passionate commitment to these ideas, with rare skills of consensus building, institutional change, appreciation of the nature of learning, as well as community development. Few, if any, such people are currently available. The Initiative will immediately start to design a transnational program that would set-out, with an initially selected team of people from several lands, a series of activities, studies, readings, and study tours that would develop these people as learning community facilitators. The Initiative will now speak with potential partners and sponsors of such a program, drawing ideally from several countries. So great is the demand for such people likely to be that the program should be designed for ready replication.
3) It is anticipated that actions two and three will lead to the creation of an ongoing “institute” (rather than an organization), which will wish to evaluate critically the success of these ideas, and to find the most appropriate ways to disseminate relevant outcomes.
4) All four of the above actions should lead to a major marketing plan to stimulate the widest possible interest in these concepts worldwide.
A society motivated by a vision of thoughtfulness, developed through a model of learning that genuinely extends natural learning capabilities beyond “what comes naturally,” will quickly recognize that, in developing the learning skills of the young, the life of the whole community will be revitalized as it changes and grows. This is the transformation for which we are now reaching. This involves finally escaping from the 19th century assumption that learning and schooling are synonymous. Good schools alone will never be good enough. This is about communities that think differently, work differently, and are even designed and built differently. Human kind is about to discover a more purposeful, more creative, more sacred place in the Universe.
A better world, a more exciting world – a world in which living, working and learning com6 together again, and recreates vibrant, self-sustaining communities worldwide.
“Leadership: If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself- ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct, invest at least managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers. Use the remainder to induce those you ‘work for’ to understand and practice the theory. the terms ‘work for’ advisedly, for if you don’t understand that you should be ‘working for your mislabeled ‘subordinates, ‘ you haven’t understood anything. yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, and free people to do the same. lse is trivia. “