My interest in metaphors arrived early. I started working 14 year old, dads factory, a place where you had to speak in practial words. They are useful in order to understand complicated matters, like heavy machines, people, digitalization, or “disruptive education”. It´s why my books are full of them.
I clearly got hooked on story-telling when I ones I actually ran a cinema. Cinema Paradiso; best movie ever. It is a reason why we keep telling these stories to each other.
I went to university as a young man, Master in Engineering. But to be honest; I did not really like it that much. Don´t think I was motivated (why did I enroll?) Spent most time on socializing, running the student union, instead. It convinced me that learning, what we are actually striving for, is so much bigger than “education”.
Despite my “non-school-interest”, I actually took a PhD, but in the field of management. I stumbled upon an unusually interesting, old and smart, professor. He definitely took learning seriously. It made the whole difference. I really got stuck. Academic work can really be great.
After that I left and did practical business instead for a pretty long time. I for instance worked for a management consultancy firm. We did big-scale learning, globally, target groups; tens of thousands at the same time. Useful to remember how life was before we got the “internet”.
Leaving academia, at that point in time, was a good decision. Just as good as it is, today, to be back, but still keep a foot in industry. Doing business research becomes much better with access to the laboratory and experience from the field.
I stumbled on Theodore Levitt and his great quote early: “there is nothing as practical as a good theory”. And Stephen Toulmin created a great book-title with “Return to reason“. But I am satisfied myself with the title “Stop! Nobody Move“. We need time to figure out what digital power is doing to/with/for us, before we start acting again.
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