Georgia LEARNS 2021

The theme for Georgia LEARNS 2021 (November 10, 11 and 12) will be:

"What do you do with an idea?"

Our theme is inspired and motivated by our dear friend Teri Williamson.

Please contact me if you have suggestions for topics and are interested in being a:

  •  Remarkable Panelist
  •  Remarkable Moderator
  •  Remarkable Listener (Thank you Michelle Prince!)
  •  Remarkable Participant
  •  Remarkable Role of Your Definition              

Paul Terlemezian


Comment by Jim Everidge on February 16, 2021 at 2:23pm

It would be interesting to wrap into the theme something about our industry getting a significant acceleration in 2021.  The Pandemic has shaken the roots of our industry and is forcing companies to make distance learning a core part of their operational strategy.  For Learning industry companies – how do you scale to meet the demand?  Are there new opportunities that present themselves?  How do you allocate your resources internally – to selling or building?  Lots of neat questions could come out of that.  And I suspect that they will all still be really relevant by the time GeorgiaLEARNS is in production….

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 16, 2021 at 2:54pm

Jim - thank you - the Pandemic has been will be fascinating to learn from our response...I wonder what the future might perceive about our response?

Steph - please tell me more about Legion - - what might we learn?

Comment by Stephanie Crowe on February 16, 2021 at 3:04pm

I think it's important to consider that an idea can have positive and negative results in how it's applied.  We have moral and ethical responsibility to "use our powers for good" in the spreading of ideas...


"What Do You Do With An Idea"


Plato's Allegory of the Cave in LEGION - caution Rated MA, in this case for offensive references

Comment by Dr. Sonny Magana on February 16, 2021 at 4:40pm

I think this is a particularly useful theme as our industry has been profoundly disrupted. There are two key things strike me about this theme: 1. Ideas are the source of all forms of innovation and invention; and 2. In order to generate value, ideas have to be shared, developed, refined, put into action, and evaluated. It seems that we are in the "Now What?" phase of remote learning, so this theme resonates deeply with me. 

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 16, 2021 at 5:17pm

Steph - thank you for taking the concept of an idea and helping us examine the positive and negative in how it is applied. It is also fascinating to understand how the definition of moral and ethical may vary -

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 16, 2021 at 5:34pm

Sonny - "Now What?" is a fascinating question - it reminds me of the infinite mirror imagery:

Comment by Michelle Prince on February 16, 2021 at 11:51pm

"What do you do with an idea?"

Interesting theme!

Action or decision may depend on what experiences you've had in the past when you've shared ideas.

May depend on the organization culture and openness to new ways of thinking / working.

May depend on the trust you have / feel from others.

Organizations that thrive during disruption and transformation are open to innovation and ideas are to be welcomed. Leaders with the ability to be open, to listen to ideas, and encourage innovative thinking are crucial.

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 17, 2021 at 12:48am

Michelle - thank you. My "analytical nature" forces me to explore all the options related to the important points you describe. Of particular interest to me - are the following:

1. As learning leaders how do we assure that we are helping others respond effectively to the question as they assess the points you describe.

2. As individuals what do we do if we have had poor experiences when sharing ideas; find ourselves in a culture that is not open to new ways of thinking/working; do not have or feel we have trust from others???

Comment by Michelle Prince on February 17, 2021 at 10:44am

Paul, exactly! A rich and dynamic topic that can go in so many meaningful directions.  As learning and development / talent developers leaders we help create and foster the culture, nurture the abilities of leaders today and of the future, and help our people build their confidence and abilities. Innovative and design thinking, agility, experimentation, active listening, etc. can underpin all these areas.

Comment by Vicki Hudson on February 17, 2021 at 4:35pm

I think this is an important theme, particularly as it relates to equity. You can have a powerful idea but how does that promote equity or perpetuate inequity? The COVID vaccines were an incredible response to the crisis, but they are not being equitably distributed in the world. Looking forward to learning more!

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 17, 2021 at 5:51pm

Vicki - thank you - Teri has taught me a lot about equity - I hope that I will never forget what I have learned from her. Thank you Teri!

Comment by Brent Darnell on February 18, 2021 at 7:54am

I love this theme.  I tend to throw things out there and see what happens. Some fall flat, some soar.  I wonder if there is a methodology to determine beforehand what will work and what will not?  It will be an interesting discussion!

Comment by Kerry Waller on February 18, 2021 at 11:24am

My mind immediately goes to the constant distractions that can separate us from the ideas that we do have. Of course, I say this in the middle of going through a giant pile of email that has been collecting...

I think it will be a fruitful topic that can take us in many different directions.

Comment by Doug McMahon on February 18, 2021 at 3:15pm

Like the theme. It is the 2nd step in the innovation process - First the excitement of coming up with a great idea - then - and sometimes more difficult - how do you operationalize it.

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 18, 2021 at 4:48pm

Thanks Brett - your comment reminds me of this comment from Teri -

Permalink Reply by Teri Williamson on October 24, 2017 at 1:22pm Delete

I believe people worry about win/loss ratios. Mine is actually pretty low. I try A LOT of things that do not work. However, when I LOSE, I lose small. When I WIN, I win BIG. So, I worry much more about PROFIT/LOSS.

I am not afraid to invest small to answer a question or to disprove a hypothesis (that is the scientific method, right?). I just won’t bet the farm without reducing uncertainty. It requires framing the right problem, managing a network, trying things that may be wrong to pivot to profitability.

It NEVER means stalling. Standing still is the death of innovation. Your competitors are certainly moving - racing - past you. You will cease to exist.

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 18, 2021 at 4:52pm

Kerry - well said - it is easy to get distracted - perhaps there is value in getting our ideas out in the open and letting our friends hold us accountable ?

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 18, 2021 at 4:54pm

Doug - thank you - what are the steps after that?

Comment by Daniel Shorr on February 22, 2021 at 1:39am

I love how the 2021 theme "What do you do with an idea?" can be taken in many directions.  As Jim Everidge and others mentioned, that the pandemic has dramatically shifted the learning/training world is a natural topic to be covered too and can dovetail in various ways.  For instance, a brainstorming session could take a few crowdsourced ideas related to the 'covid impact on learning' topic and discuss what to do with the ideas - whether the group would want to evaluate the ideas/combine them/refine them and think through how they could be operationalized.

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 22, 2021 at 9:38am

Daniel - your idea for "what do do with an idea" sounds quite relevant - especially when applied to something that has never been done before or for which no one has expertise or authority.

Comment by Anthony Murph on February 23, 2021 at 12:40pm

I love the theme for this year.  Many organizations are needing to change due to the pandemic.  These changes span the whole organization.  In order to change you must implement an idea.  There may be more ideas within peoples' minds than ever before of how their organization needs to move forward.


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