Georgia LEARNS 2021 - November 10, 11, and 12 - What Do You Do with an Idea?

Georgia LEARNS 2021 – What Do You Do with an Idea?

Our theme is inspired by the life, work, and wishes of our dear friend Teri Williamson.

All times listed below are Eastern USA Time Zone  (UTC – 5:00)

We are pleased to announce a series of BYOL Plus Plus Panel Discussions - Delivered Virtually. Each topic in the agenda below is linked to an online discussion related to the topic.

BYOL Plus Plus Definition: BYOL – The Bring Your Own Learning panel format was introduced by Georgia LEARNS in 2015.

  • Panelists have up to two minutes (30 seconds would be fine) to present questions related to what they want to learn from the audience as well as present what they believe the audience can learn from the panelist's experience.
  • Each panel is followed by 30-35-minute breakout discussion sessions.
  • In 2016 we improved BYOL 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.
  • In 2021 we are experimenting by beginning each segment with another “Plus” – a 10-15-minute use of Relevant Humor to stimulate the conversations that will follow. Here is an example (thank you Phil Brown for making me aware of this example.)
  • Critical to the success of the panel is the Moderator role. The Moderator stimulates interaction before and after the event via the online discussions for each segment. They perform all the roles of a typical moderator - not so much at the event as mostly 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 of may not be part of the conference. During the event the Moderator will move from breakout room to breakout room as an engaged participant and to assist the panelists if needed. They also monitor the online discussion and encourage people to submit their ideas into it.

Engaged Participants: You 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.
  • Your selection of which segments to attend helps us determine the relevance of the agenda.
  • The breakout room that you choose during the BYOL Plus Plus Panels provides immediate feedback to each Panelist of the resonance of their two minutes (30 seconds would be fine) "presentation."
  • Your 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!!!
  • And most important - your willingness to respectfully ask questions - especially if you do not agree or understand the perspective of the Panelist - is how you can help accelerate effective learning for yourself, the other Engaged Participants, the Humorists, the Panelists, the Moderators - and the Remarkable Speakers!

Why we chose to include the role of a Humorist in 2021:

  • We wish to build relationship – especially with people whose life and experiences and cultures may be different from what we understand.
  • We think that humor might help us learn from each other – and build relationship while doing so.
  • We think that humor might help us understand the culture that created the humor.
  • We think that the history of a culture might be revealed via its humor.
  • With relationship – strengthened by understanding of humor, culture, and history – we hope to build mutual respect.
  • With mutual respect we hope to be able to tell each other the truth.
  • With truth we hope to be able to collaborate to address issues that must be addressed.

 Wednesday, November 10th – “Out with the Old Idea”


  9:30 to 10:00 AM

Open Networking

Segment 1 (2021)

10:00 to 10:30 AM

Welcome and Event Overview

Segment 2 (2021)

10:30 to 11:45 AM

Out With the Old Idea

Segment 3 (2021)

12:15 to 1:30 PM

Protect or Share

Segment 4 (2021)

  1:45 to 3:00 PM

Your Ideas


Thursday, November 11th – “How the Old Idea can Accelerate the New Idea”


  9:30 to 10:00 AM

Open Networking

Segment 5 (2021)

10:00 to 10:30 AM

Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Plan

Segment 6 (2021)

10:30 to 11:45 AM

How the Old Idea can Accelerate the New Idea

Segment 7 (2021)

12:15 to 1:30 PM

Validate or Implement

Segment 8 (2021)

  1:45 to 3:00 PM

Your Ideas


 Friday, November 12th – “The Role of Management”


  9:30 to 10:00 AM

Open Networking

Segment 9 (2021)

10:00 to 10:30 AM

Days 1 and 2 Recaps and Day 3 Plan

Segment 10 (2021)

10:30 to 11:45 AM

The Role of Management

Segment 11 (2021)

12:15 to 1:30 PM

Improve or Retire

Segment 12 (2021)

  1:30 to 2:00 PM

Open Conversation - Georgia LEARNS 2022 Planning

Please provide your comments on this page or in the online discussion for each segment - or by calling, texting, or sending me an email.

With appreciation,

  • Paul Terlemezian
  • 404-375-8411

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 23, 2021 at 1:09pm

Anthony - thank you - you are correct - so what does one do if they have more ideas than they can handle? How do we decide what to do with an idea?

Comment by Bill Crose on February 27, 2021 at 1:59pm

I love the theme! Sorry, I'm a little behind in my GL comms. >> There's so much you can build around that theme including, "How to Know and Idea can be Monetized", "When to Talk About an Idea and to Whom", "How to do a Patent Search", "Who Can Help When You Have a Great Idea", "Limiting an Idea's Scope", "How to Finance a Great Idea", "Being a Reluctant CEO (when you really just want to create)"...

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on February 27, 2021 at 2:22pm

Bill - as you have probably learned - "having an idea" is the easy part of the "problem!"

Comment by Darryl Quinn Johnson on June 28, 2021 at 9:55am

Your theme is inspiring. I apologize for my partial hesitation and late entry. I am impressed by the simplicity in the term " idea", yet it packs a tremendous punch. What do you do with an idea? But first, what is the origin of an idea? Where do ideas come from? Why do ideas become solutions, products, or actions? Tangibility is an option for an idea as the invisible (thought) may be allowed to become visible (action, solutions, product, services, etc). 

So, my wonder is this: is it my responsibility to ensure formulated thoughts become formulated actions? In return, is this what I do with an idea? Can this process be externally influenced to cultivate bad ideas? Is this how bad ideas are made? So many questions.  Hmm...Thank you for the gift of wonder.  

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on June 28, 2021 at 10:36am

Darryl - your comment is inspiring - no need to apologize. Your "wonder" will influence our thoughts, agenda, actions and outcomes - thank you!

Comment by Jonathan Hirst on October 10, 2021 at 3:08pm

I think you have to anchor this subject…”What do you do with an idea”…in BUSINESS…how it impacts the GROWTH and PROFITABILITY and therefore the VALUE of the business. The idea can be a PRODUCT, a PERSON or a PROCESS (3P’s) that has to have potential material impact on VALUE! WILL it and if so how does it have to be IMPEMENTED.

Comment by Don Bolen on November 9, 2021 at 5:23pm

Looking forward to some interesting discussions on ideas.  I'll be wearing my PM hat.

What about ideas that seemed great to what can best be called dead ideas. How do those ideas fare during a pandemic? Partisan divides over the culture wars ?What's factual? Inclusion? 

I'm channelling from Matt Miller's 2009 book The Tyranny of Dead Ideas. Miller focused on government and policies that we've come to accept and maintain. 

Comment by Bill Crose on November 11, 2021 at 4:13pm

Follow up from today's "Ideas" discussion. There were 55,000 patents issued in 1979 and 399,000 patents granted in 2019. At that rate, there will be 34 million patents granted between 2019 and 2049 rising from 399,000 per year to 1.9 Million per year by 2049. Each patent represents a new product or a new way of doing things we've never dreamed of before and an immense amount of training/learning. It means innovation and change will eventually outpace everyone's ability to learn all the processes they need to perform for their jobs. High employee turnover further accelerates innovation outpacing learnability. It means ADDIE, which is already unsustainable, will totally break down. It means people will need to perform their jobs with little to no training. This is especially problematic for manual workers (bartenders, cooks, as well as doctors, microbiologist, plumbers, electricians...) because they cannot safely, efficiently, or sanitarily use currently available performance support tools. Our discussion revealed that while automation is and will continue displacing massive numbers of production workers, businesses will be able to move many of those workers to pre-automation phases of their product development cycles -which will further accelerate innovation and change. Allowing innovation to slow would be disastrous for economies, vicious cycles can't last forever, but for now we might have a solution that could avoid mass worker displacement and universal wages. 

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on November 11, 2021 at 4:20pm

Here is more than you need to know about the history of patents -

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on November 11, 2021 at 4:25pm

"During the1850s the British patent system was subject to major reforms. As part of the reforms, English patents granted between 1617 and 30 September 1852 were identified from the Rolls, sorted into chronological order and then numbered in a single continuous sequence. The sequence runs from GB1 of 1617 to GB14359 of September 1852."

In this period of roughly 235 years there were 61 patents per year on average in the UK.

399,000 per year is nearly 1100 per day.


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