7 Things You Didn’t Need To Know About Me But I’m Telling You Anyway

  1. The metaphors arrived early – I started working 14 year old, dads factory. Useful in order to understand complicated matters, like heavy machines, digitalization, or “disruptive education”. It´s why my books are full of them.
  2. Story-telling clearly got stuck when I ones I actually ran a cinema. Cinema Paradiso; best movie ever.
  3. I went to university, Master in Engineering. But 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. Learning is so much bigger than “education”.
  4. Despite all that, I 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 got stuck.
  5. 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. Learning-events could look like this. Useful to remember how life was before we got the “internet”.
  6. 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.
  7. I stumbled on Theodore Levitt 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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