Seth Godin’s Akimbo: Organized Learning

In his Akimbo podcast, Seth Godin teaches us how to adopt a posture of possibility, change the culture, and choose to make a difference. Here are my takeaways from the episode.

In this podcast, Seth discusses that organized learning has put human race ahead of all other species and how we should leverage such learning approach to continually improve our culture.

Compared to other species, human beings have advanced much further primarily because we have figured out how to share learning from generation to generation. Many things we have chosen to believe are a function of organized learning.

Organized learning relies on peer to peer connection. Technology also has contributed dramatically to organized learning. Technology changes things because it permits far more diversity of thought and connection.

Organized learning takes many forms. When we give some people less access to tools, leverage, or learning, that is a form of organized learning. We are sending a message whenever we set expectations for people based on some pre-determined criteria. When we build something, when we connect, when we interact, we are organizing some learning for the people around us.

Organized learning also relies on the choices we make, and that is good news. It means, if we choose, we can change it. As we’re staring straight into many of the social issues that face us, we need to realize that we cannot fix these problems overnight. However, these problems are not permanent, either. They are not permanent because organized learning can change the situation.

For many years and through organized learning, we have created images and models and pathways forward for people based on things that are utterly unrelated to their skills or what they can contribute.

Now technology has put access to infinite amounts of knowledge in front of us. We must think about how we are going to organize this organized learning into a bundle of interaction that creates opportunities for more people.

It turns out that keeping some people out of the system is not a productive thing to do for society. Keeping some people down does not help others. In an economy that is based on connection, ideas, and possibility, we have discovered that, when we keep someone away from the chance to contribute, we do not get the benefit of their contribution.

These days, our culture is made up of more than just a few voices. Some of those voices were racist, angry voices that wanted to put other people down. But many of those voices are different. They are the voice of possibility, the voice of organizing a movement, and voice of we-can-make-things-better. We have an opportunity to reorganize the organized learning around us.

Each of us not only lives in culture but also makes culture every day. Each of us has the chance to model behaviors that make things better in ways we never even. Culture is formed from the grass-root level, by each of us in how we act, in what we say, in how we say it, and how we respond or choose to react.

The pure reaction does not get us very far, but the active response of openness or a hand to help somebody get to the next level can do wonders. These responses turn out to pay off for all of us.

Organized learning leads to a piece of culture. We should strive to learning from our situations/changes and do it in a more organized fashion for the better. That is what marketing tries to achieve. We have a chance to lay out a path, which can make things better by making better things. None of us can change all of the cultures, but each of us can change the circle around us, a circle of people who want to act like a certain way.