John Seely Brown, one of the world’s foremost experts on collaborative learning, often finds best practices in unexpected places by looking at startling results. How did five friends from Maui, for example, all become world champion surfers—a statistic unprecedented in the sport? It turned out that the group had created a community of practice that’s a model for collaborative problem-solving in any field. The underlying structure is simple.
(ambient music) … - There's an interesting kind of question, … especially in the C-Suite, … of how might we accelerate collaboration and learning, … especially collaborative learning, in a workplace. … The curious thing is that I get asked this … as much in Asia where I spend a good share of my life … as I do in the United States. … I usually tell them a story that they find incredible … because it appears to have nothing to do … with the C-Suite, and yet it has everything to do … with the C-Suite. … (ambient music) … Maui has never had in its history … any junior or world-class champion surfers. … The world-class surfers always come from the North Shore … in Oahu, never Maui. … And then an amazing singularity; … there were five kids, age 16 at the time. … Not one, but all five became all world champions. … How could this have happened? … Never before in the history of Maui, … and then out of the blue, this happens. … (ambient music) … The beautiful story started with Dusty … when he was 16, and his dad said, …
This course includes videos from:
Nick Offerman, writer, woodworker, and actor (Parks and Rec)
Shane Snow, science and business journalist and the cofounder of Contently
Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, MI
John Seely Brown, former director of Xerox PARC and current USC advisor
Jamie Wheal, leading expert on the neurophysiology of human performance, Flow Genome Project
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