Circle of Learning
The Circle of learning represents the integrated vision of education based on two key concepts, ‘learning long life’ and the four pillars of learning,Learn to know, learn to do, Learn to be and Learn to live together. Looking at each pillar from the lens of self, groups and systems, it manifests how learning impacts individuals, societies and the world at large. The circle also indicates how the learning of the inner(learning to be and learn) translates into our outer actions and living and working with others(learning to do and work together) where awareness of the self is a prerequiste for any learning to happen.
Learn to BE
Self: Self Awareness
Awareness of the self is the precursor to managing the manifestation of our challenges in our outer behavior, by first understanding our inner being.
When we live our lives on autopilot, we remain ignorant of our blind spots and repeat similar mistakes. We remain clueless of our deep fundamental beliefs and often feel conflicted in day today life, as we have no clear stance to take. We can learn to leverage our unique gifts and lead lives responding to situations by recognizing needs which are not met.
How can we build continuous power to make decisions which are based on an informed and clear sight of ourselves? How can we bring awareness to the self, day by day?
Group: Interpersonal Awareness
Awareness of other’s contexts, helps us view their beliefs, needs in appreciation of their common fundamental need of wanting to be happy and avoid suffering.
While we might be aware of your own selves, when operating in groups towards a common purpose, we are often challenged by various kinds of interpersonal conflicts. Our biases and prejudice against diverse and different people, makes us feel threatened and others not belong.
What can empower groups to work in mutuality? Exist in harmony and accommodate diversity with appreciation?
System: Awareness of Interdependence
Understanding the nature of our interdependent coexistence is necessary to sustainable living.
In a shared-resource system like our world, when individual users act independently according to their own self-interest, they often behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling a resource through their collective action. Our degrading environmental condition is an evidence of a tragedy of systemic unawareness.
How can we build an ability to view our challenges objectively in a systemic context? What can enable a shift in taking responsibility and associated actions – moving from outer to inner building a system’s awareness?
Learn to LEARN
Self: Ability to consciously learn
Learning is a continuous process we are all engaged in throughout our lives.
However learning consciously moves us from a journey of knowing to embodying, creating a shift in our experience and being. Whether we engage with different styles of learning, determines our proclivity to learn, challenge and relearn for ourselves.
In an age of continuous and rapid change how can we nurture and build our capacities to consciously seek and learn?
Group: Present to others’ learning styles
A group which learns together also grows together.
While learning to understand one’s learning styles, learning needs allows one to act accordingly, but becoming conscious of differential learning styles around oneself is of great advantage to groups. This empowers groups to both learn effectively and enable learning for others in the most comprehensive ways.
How can groups leverage different learning styles and complement within itself to learn most effectively?
System: Empowering leadership and nurturing learning ecosystems
Great leaders are conscious learners. Conscious learners are great leaders
Leadership influences and shapes the organizational culture – the next line of leaders, in turn making an organization into a growing and evolving entity. Systems need embedded in them a potentiality and possibility to access learning at all levels, to self-renew and evolve consistently.
How can conscious learning organizations be created and scaled?
Learn to DO
Self: My purpose of being
Actions are our being turned into our thoughts further turned into our reality.
Learning how to consciously choose and channelize our efforts leads us to both positive actions and healthy behavior with respect to work. Managing oneself in the different roles one plays is a competency one can develop to engage in fruitful ways.
How can we live such that the process of every action becomes a source of joy and growth?
Group: Purpose of the group
Aligned and collaboratively functioning groups create new knowledge and realities.
Every group undergoes its own stages of forming, storming, grounding and reforming which if optimally managed can lead to dynamics towards the fulfillment of common goals. Alignment of all stakeholders and complimenting of competencies enable teams to innovate and deliver.
How can groups be engaged and supported to bring a common vision to reality?
Our concern and actions influences and shapes our collective attitudes towards global challenges.
We often perceive a diffused sense of responsibility while engaging with systemic challenges, hoping, assuming, believing that it would be taken care of by other people. Our mental models of oblivity and actions of non-intervention do not contribute to solutioning and also influence social behavior and values which are not appropriate to a proactive living.
As citizens of a global world how do we perceive our responsibility and engage towards common challenges?
Learn to LIVE TOGETHER
Self : Building Empathy and listening
Building empathy for oneself starts our journey to a harmonious living together.
It is said that the beginning of giving starts by knowing how to receive: knowing how to give to oneself. Unhealthy behaviors of needing continuous approval to rejecting affection arise from deeper insecurities we develop within ourselves when we do not accept who we are.
Can someone who is always critical of the self, truly accept and empathise with another individual who has his own flaws?
Group: Authentic and Empathic communication
Communication which is non-violent and responsive marks the building of great relationships.
In the context of living together as social beings, we are faced with day today challenges of not being understood and often not being able to understand others context, needs, reactions and expressions. Also a lack of safe spaces inhibits people to be vulnerable and creates further distances in our coexistence
How could we avoid inauthenticity and conflicts in relationships through our actions?
System: Living in a symbiotic ecosystem
Every life is composed of similar elements and every life is precious.
Prejudice is the root of discrimination, and discrimination the root of abuse. Violence outside is deep inner manifestation of violence which exists in ourselves, when we build hierarchies in mind. Every thought of prejudice needs to be questioned when we value the possibility of peaceful living.
How can we extend our circle of belongingness and practice actions fostering the idea of common well being?