These last few weeks I have been learning about learning. From designing interdisciplinary units at the Museum of Natural History in NYC then in a Project Zero workshop and panel discussion about participatory creativity. It was an amazing experience learning about how create when we move from the individual “I”, from collaboration where everyone feels they need to do everything to  “WE“, calling on the collective genius of a team and determining how each “actor” fills the roles on a team in a distributed process of ideas.

In the Participatory Creativity workshop we conceptualized creativity with LEGO’s. We produced a poem in a new medium; through music and art and construction and performance. We talked about who owns the idea when ideas are evolving. What we discovered is ideas are not forged in isolation but from the work of others and grown from each of us who have a profile of participation.

The Joy of Professional Learning has that wow factor of participatory creativity.  Together we are the collective creative, each participating using our unique talent to and skill sets to make creativity deliberate. Our ideas are always evolving through the embedded succession of innovative services and products that incorporate both novelty and utility. We know ideas are not fixed, they are created in a social space. They take place over time with markers in the development of a service and product. We build an exhibition that shows our thinking in the Joy of Professional Learning Book Series and services!

“Our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.”

― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

At our most recent event we are particularly proud of the learning exercises we created. The leadership teams that participated in our workshops at the uLEAD conference in Calgary were excited to bring JOY back to their school and design new professional learning experiences.