Two Million Words…

I get it. You are busy. I am busy. We are all busy. So why should you spend any more precious minutes of your life reading this website?

As of 2019, my writing app told me that I have written, typed, or dictated over two million words in search of answers to questions that I've been asking on learning in the 21st century…and none of it has been published. Why? Because I respect your time as much as I respect my own. I don't want you to read my stream-of-consciousness, unedited, unpolished thoughts of the moment. I'm not a professional writer. I'm not trying to monetize hits, eyeballs, clicks, etc. You'll see no advertising here.

I'm asking you trade your most valuable currency—your time. This site, and more specifically, this section of this website, is about curation. This isn't just the best of what I've written, edited, etc over the past 20 years, but it is what I consider to be most unique (or rare) and valuable contributions to the field to date.

If you are unfamiliar with my writing, I ask that you start here with the primary takeaways of GBD in the most condensed form. Each insight should only take a couple of minutes of your time to gain the gist (and that's all this section offers — the idea, but not the complete work in a logical sequence). After which, you can deem whether it is worth your while to learn about these principles in greater depth throughout this website.

I'm actively working on this right now…here's a preview

  1. The skills gap is permanent...and that’s not only a good thing, but it is the inevitable result of progress (and not the failing of our educational system).
  2. Lifelong learning is no longer optional…yet most are stuck in old ‘school’ paradigms that don’t work (and can't work) in adulthood.
  3. Learning as an adult is fundamentally different from learning as a child…and only through the complete fully understanding of the following five distinctions will we solve the skills gap.
  4. Our formerly abundant resources to invest in learning become much more scarce as adults…and this must inform our choices in how we invest.
  5. Access to learning opportunities shifts dramatically when we reach adulthood…but digitization is going to change everything (finally).
  6. Learning skills, while never more in demand or valued than they are today, are lacking in most adults…but this is fixable on a grand scale.
  7. Knowing what to learn next is a conspicuously underdeveloped skill in nearly everyone…but only because 'school' has always made these decisions for us.
  8. Our motivations for learning must completely change as adults…the immediate, extrinsic rewards most people seek just don't exist.
The above will create the basic premise (or thesis) of this website.