Rhizomatic learning – that thing about roots
Dave Cormier has issued a challenge for his #change11 week on Rhizomatic Learning and this is my first attempt to respond, to put something out there and see what others make of it to help me further my understanding.
I first heard about rhizomatic learning in #CCK11 earlier this year and must confess that I couldn’t remember what it means this many months later. The way I understand it now, rhizomatic = roots reaching out (a mnemonic I’ll hope to use for recall in the future). Maybe this spidery plant will help me too.
So, am I rhizomatic in my practice? I think I’ve started to be, though I didn’t have a name for it until now. I draw linkages between people, places and ideas whenever it occurs to me to do so, particularly at work where connections are talked about more than they are practiced. For example, I make a point of ‘e-troducing’ people that might not otherwise cross paths if I think they have something in common. I use my personal network to help solve problems and, in doing so, find myself reaching out in new directions. I use the tools at my disposal to capture and share ideas (and I am learning to do that in new ways through this mooc).
I like to think of this rhizomatic roots business as paying the favour forward. There are a handful of people who were very good to me over the last decade or so, who went out of their way to be inclusive beyond the normal limitations of age, status, seniority and title in which my industry normally boxes itself. Those people are still a small minority among tens of thousands. I hope that my workplace will eventually reinvent itself and that networking, cooperation and collaboration will become the norm, not the celebrated oddity that it is now. Maybe our roots will grow deeply and widely enough to
choke out the weeds at the surface. to surface into longer stretches of becoming and thus choke out the weeds (Ed: updated after Nov.8/11 live #change11 session with Dave and about four dozen nomads and #socialartist s).
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