In nature, everything is connected to everything else. This interconnected nature of life is also reflected in NonOrdinary training. We have found that each concept, skill and state impacts your understanding of the others. A single experience can ripple through your life in unexpected ways. Each skill and state can be used in a variety of contexts and multiple scales.
We are in the process of developing a custom approach to learning that honors the nonlinear, fractal nature of the NonOrdinary, while also providing clear organization and ease of navigation so that we can accelerate learning together.
Here is what we are doing so far… help us evolve it!
Hybrid training combines the best of online learning, with opportunities for in real life experiences. Online allows us to gather conveniently from all over the world, and practice. It also allows each person to learn the content at their own pace.
At the same time, there is no substitution for looking into another person’s eyes, or getting a hug.
Online is a great way to learn the concepts and practice the skills, so that when we gather in person we can go deeper faster and add an important experiential layer that can only happen in real life.
NonOrdinary content is organized into blocks that can be used in a variety of topics, contexts and scales. This unique approach means you can:
- See how concepts relate to each other
- Make unexpected connections
- Explore how a skill can be applied it in a variety of ways
- Access skills as you need them
- Customize your own learning path
With each concept block comes additional associated content such as experiments you can do, additional resources such as workbooks, or helpful analogies to explore the concept from different lenses.
Developing the content this way allows you to also search all of the content formats and create custom learning paths. We will be expanding the options for this as we develop this approach.
Embracing both flexibility and efficiency, it is also helpful to have a path to create structure and organization as you learn.
Series focus on a popular topic and lay out the content as easy, linear steps that you can complete.
Each block is independantly completable so that you can track your overall progress and see how concepts are connected. You can build upon previous skills and see how the new information is linked to what you have already learned.
Nothing beats experiential learning. Each featured training explores a compelling topic, bringing together content and real life experiences with others.
During the featured series, there are weekly live online events for practice and Q & A. Some of featured series will have an additional in person option such as a meetup or retreat.
Featured Series can be an intensive one week sprint, or can span several weeks.
Our professional trainings offer in depth content specific to the contexts of facilitation and leadership. The longer time frame of 12 to 36 months, allows these trainings focus on learning the underlying skills and states that allow you to help others and navigate ANY situation.
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Courses imply a linear start, middle, and end with a specific outcome. When you complete a series of courses you are done. We think about NonOrdinary learning differently. We see a series (like a micro course), as ONE way the concepts can be organized but not the only way. Each concept 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 also gives much more flexiblity 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 LMS that allowed us to have lessons completable 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 others courses.
We have therefore created a custom solution that will be in development as we learn and evolve.
Fractals are everywhere in nature. They are never-ending, self-similar patterns. The pattern of branching trees, rivers, snowflakes, ferns, clouds, and our human nervous systems are all fractals. You can zoom in or out, and it will look similar. Of course, 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, we see similarities to how fractals show up in nature. For example, you can apply them to organizations, and to every team within that organization and 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.
Also, fractals are dynamic systems created by ongoing feedback loops. Similarly, the Four Forces all 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 hard 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. Many people have shown that experiential learning is one of the best ways to learn, and we agree. 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 to integrate and replicate them. We can learn faster when we have a framework to make sense of our experiences, especially when in new territory.
Here are some interesting thought leaders that we came across as we have been developing our approach:
Trish came across Bodo Hoenen and his Learning Map as she was searching for anyone else that might be using lego-like blocks for learning. She was pleasantly surprised to find someone visualizing it 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. We have been in contact with Bodo and are excited to see what opportunities become available as he develops his technology.
Nora Bateson is an international author, film maker and president of the International Bateson Institute. Here is a video of her perspective on the need for a new kind of information gathering and learning called Warm Data.