Georgia LEARNS 2022 – Creating Curiosity Capacity
Conversations and Projects featuring you, inspired by "Learning as a Way of Leading" (Preskill and Brookfield,) and focused on Creating Curiosity Capacity:
- November 9, 10, and 11: Plus-BYOL-Plus Zoom Segments (please review the roles and definitions below the agenda that follows.)
- November 12 - December 31: For our first time - project-related sessions (hybrid) that you may lead or be invited to attend.
Each topic in the agenda below is linked to an online discussion related to the topic.
Conversations All times listed below are Eastern USA Time Zone (UTC – 5:00)
Monday, November 14th
Tuesday, November 15th
12:00 - 12:45 International Comedic Style Conference
Wednesday, November 16th
2:00 - 2:45 Conscious Capitalism Collaboration
Tuesday, November 29th
4:00 - 4:45 "Top Golf" (Lutzie 43)
Thursday, December 1st
7:30am to 5:15pm GLN AcadeYou
Roles and Definitions:
Plus -BYOL-Plus Definition: BYOL – The Bring Your Own Learning panel format was used for the first time by Georgia LEARNS in 2015.
- As Panelist – you describe with authenticity where you are open to learn to help yourself diminish a vulnerability.
- As Moderator– you connect your “brand” to a topic by asking and answering questions – each of which makes you vulnerable to those who question your questions or answers….
- As Humorist – you reveal more of yourself in terms of how you expose the vulnerability of yourself and others via humor.
- As “Remarkable Speaker/Listener” – you demonstrate that even those with “authority” learn from others (i.e. allow themselves to admit they learned from someone else.)
- As Engaged Participant – you may learn, or share your expertise, or be quiet (perhaps – you are not ready to reveal any vulnerability.)
- Panelists have up to two minutes (30 seconds would be fine) to inspire curiosity and reference the format they will use (LearnAbout, TeachAbout, ReachoutAbout, CuriousAbout, AnotherAbout) in their breakout room (30-35 minutes.) The default format is “LearnAbout” in which the panelist will express what they wish to learn and then manage the conversation to assure that they do.
- In 2016, BYOL was improved by concluding each segment with the “Plus” - a 5-to-10-minute closing presentation by a “Remarkable” Speaker/Listener (thank you Michelle Prince) who will describe what they learned from the panelists and breakouts. This year I will ask for emphasis on what they heard that inspired their curiosity.
- In 2021 we began each segment with another “Plus” – a 10-15-minute use of Relevant Humor by self-proclaimed Humorists to stimulate the conversations that will follow. We chose to continue with the role of a Humorist in 2022 because we believe that humor can inspire curiosity and curiosity can inspire trust.
- Critical to the success of the panel is the Moderator who:
- Performs all the roles of a typical moderator - before the event through the online discussion. This includes asking questions of panelists and participants.
- The participants may or may not be connected to the panel.
- The participants may or may not be part of the conference.
- Moves between breakout rooms during the segment as an engaged participant and to assist the panelists if needed.
- Monitors the online discussions and encourages engaged participants to submit their ideas into it.
- Engaged Participants play the most important role in the success of this conference. Specifically, your:
- Willingness to read and comment in the online discussions - before, during and after the conference provides perpetual value to everyone - especially you.
- Selection of which segments to attend helps us determine the relevance of the agenda.
- Willingness to leave a breakout room if the conversation is not providing the expected value is important feedback to the panelist - and 100% aligned with the expectations of Georgia LEARNS!!!
- Curiosity – respectfully ask questions - especially if you do not agree or understand the perspective of the Panelist – this will create curiosity capacity for yourself and other Engaged Participants, Humorists, Panelists, Moderators - and Remarkable Speakers!
- In 2022 we are encouraging Project Leaders to convene anywhere at any time from November 12th through 15th a two-hour event (Physical preferred) for the purpose of accelerating a defined project. Please consider:
- Intentionally and clearly defining a component of your project that assures trust.
- Stimulating interest in your project prior to the conference via the online discussion created for your project (links below)
- Applying what you learned during the conference to your project (especially curiosity.)
- Inviting (or accepting requests from) conference participants to be part of your project.
- Using the online discussion to provide relevant updates – well into the future.
Please comment below – or in the online discussion for each segment - or by phone, text, or email.
- Paul Terlemezian