In nature, everything is connected to everything else. This interconnected nature of life is also reflected in NonOrdinary training.
We have found that each new concept, skill, or state impacts our understanding of the previous. A single experience can ripple through your life in unexpected ways. Each skill and state can be used in a variety of contexts and at multiple scales.
We are in the process of developing a custom approach to learning which honors the nonlinear, fractal nature of the NonOrdinary, while also providing clear organization and ease of navigation, so we can accelerate and amplify learning together.
Here is what we are doing so far… help us evolve it!
NonOrdinary content is organized into blocks which can be used in a variety of topics, contexts, and scales. They will be used throughout the training platform. This unique approach will allow you to:
- See the many ways concepts relate to each other
- Draw your own unexpected connections
Explore how a skill can be applied in multiple ways
- Access learning skills as you need them
- Customize your own learning path
Each content block has a type so you can explore concepts through different lenses. These include concept videos and articles as well as additional resources such as experiments, workbooks, stories, case studies, quizzes, and analogies.
Because of the nonlinear nature of the content, we are designing the website so that each content block is separately completable. This approach allows you to see what content is new to you on each training call, making it easier to drop-in. It also helps to see how concepts are connected and can be used in different contexts. You can build upon previous skills and see how the new information is linked to what you have already learned.
Developing the content this way allows you to search for what you’re most interested in (or needing a boost in!) and create custom learning paths which allow you to meet your needs. It also creates opportunities to share and build on concepts during the community weeks when members can post events and offerings. We will be expanding the options for this as we develop this approach.
This approach of organizing content as independent linkable blocks has been a vision for over a decade, with the intention that AI would someday be able to assist in the creation of customized learning paths.
With the acceleration of AI, it is now possible!
We are actively in the process of setting up what is needed to be able to train our own AI assistant, which will exclusively use NonOrdinary content, in order to help you get what you most deeply desire and amplify your impact!
Hybrid training combines the best of online learning with opportunities for in-person experiences. Online calls allow us to gather conveniently from all over the world and practice together. They also allow each person to learn the content at their own pace.
At the same time, there is no substitution for looking into someone’s eyes, or getting a hug.
Online learning is a great way to explore concepts and practice skills, and it gives a jump start to be able to go deeper faster when you choose to join an in-person event.
The Library is where we organize our content. Currently, the content is searchable by key words, and training name.
We will be developing other ways of navigating and displaying this content, such as recommended paths, quiz-result generated paths, graphs, and hashtags.
Our desire is that you join us and live into your most alive selves while helping us evolve how we learn and create together. We know it will be even better with you.
Each concept (block) can be used in multiple contexts and scales. The learning is never done, but you build mastery as you make the interconnects, and embody skills and states in different contexts. This approach gives much more flexibility for searching and for creating custom paths. As we develop this approach, we will be using AI to help support personalized training series.
This difference in philosophy created some unexpected challenges with using existing learning management systems. For example, we could not find any current learning platforms that allowed us to have lessons be marked ‘complete’ across more than one course. Currently, the norm is that each course is seen as its own separate set of lessons that don’t interact with other courses; each of our blocks supports and is associated with the other blocks. We have therefore created a custom solution, which will be in development as we learn and evolve.
Fractals are everywhere in nature. They are never-ending, self-similar patterns. The patterns of branching trees, rivers, snowflakes, ferns, clouds, and our human nervous systems are all fractals. Zooming in or out, it will look similar. This is a very simplified explanation of something that is at the heart of leading-edge sciences such as Chaos Theory.
In the case of learning the Four Forces material, we see similarities to how fractals show up in nature. For example, you can apply the skills to organizations, and to every team within that organization, to every relationship within that team and to each person within a relationship, etcetera. No matter what context or scale you look at, the Four Forces show up.
Fractals are dynamic systems created by ongoing feedback loops. Similarly, the Four Forces inform each other in a feedback loop that creates both identifiable and completely unique experiences (think snowflakes – similar but each one unique).
It can be difficult to define a single concept block because each concept can be explored with branching, interconnected, and infinite variations.
I found myself, in other words, constructing a geometry … of things which had no geometry. Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules which are repeated without end.
– Benoît Mandelbröt, 1924-2010
We use the term ‘training’ to describe the combination of conceptual learning with experiential practices and real-world applications. It’s been widely demonstrated that experiential learning is one of the best ways to learn, and we have found this to be true. At the same time, when working with new states of consciousness and new experiences, having a mental “scaffolding” to organize and understand the experiences helps integrate and replicate them. Learningis amplified when we have a framework to make sense of our experiences, especially when in new territory.
As she was developing this approach, Trish came across Bodo Hoenen and his Learning Map. She was pleasantly surprised to find someone visualizing the block-style learning in a very similar way. Bodo has a comprehensive vision and is currently the founder of a new company developing an AI approach to new paradigm learning called Nolej. We have been in contact with Bodo and are excited to see what opportunities become available as he develops his technology.