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It’s Time to Revolutionize Corporate Learning

It’s Time to Revolutionize Corporate Learning

I spend a lot of time thinking, writing, speaking and working in my own personal and professional venn diagram of:

  • leadership development;
  • social collaborative tools; and
  • all things related to learning.

One of those pillars — the learning space — is where I started my career. I owe much of what I have today in my professional life to the learning space, be it K-12, higher education or the corporate sector.

But it’s the corporate learning sector in particular where I believe a new ‘learning arc’ must be developed. It must shift from Status Quo Ante (as was before) to Ad Meliora (toward better things).

Two of my dear friends and colleagues — Marcia Conner and Kerry Brown — were thinking the same way and so we put our collective heads together and developed a manifesto for you to read, and ideally, to be inspired by.

As we state,”the corporate learning field is in dire need of bravery, insight, creativity and boldness.”

Use as you see fit and imagine a new ‘learning arc’.

Imagine “learning nouveau”.


From Slideshare you can download the full .pdf file. We are working on creating additional e-reader formats and will link to them here.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. We want it to spread at no cost with attribution. Read, share, and use.

Please attribute as follows, with a link:
“Revolutionize Corporate Learning: Beyond Formal, Informal, Mobile, Social Dichotomies” by Marcia Conner, Dan Pontefract and Kerry Brown. May 2013.

Fascinated by that cover image? It was taken at the rehearsal for the wedding by Charlottesville wedding and portrait photographer April Bennett. Stephanie Helvin, the performer pictured, is part of the fire troupe Scintillation.

The ARC graphic is by Steve Kizer.

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  • Dr Jennifer Leigh / 13 May 2013 10:44

    Excellent work! Thank you for creating and sharing.

  • Dan Pontefract / 15 May 2013 10:42

    @Jennifer – you are very welcome. Thanks for dropping by and for acknowledging the work.

  • Jeff Walter / 21 May 2013 11:41

    Very thought provoking and just what the industry needs. I loath smiley sheets, they tell you nothing. Learning is exciting and insightful. Unfortunately, most corporate trainiing is not.

  • mark oehlert / 24 May 2013 6:42

    Great job 🙂

    Couple of thoughts – check the subtitle of my blog ( it’s been that way for years so I definitely share your view of people becoming artists.

    Second, you’ve inspired me to put some additional thoughts down in a blog post – the preview and upshot of which will be this is a great and brilliant start but needs to driver further…to the root and branch.

    Anyway, congrats on this and the Flat Army 🙂

    • Dan Pontefract / 28 May 2013 5:54

      Thanks @Mark … nice to hear coming from you. And thanks for the Flat Army acknowledgment. Interesting to read your thoughts using the tree metaphor as that is the premise behind chapters 4-6 “The Connected Leader”. #cool

  • Karen Weldon / 1 June 2013 7:14

    Excellent! Loved it. Thanks much for article.

    Now I will have to read Flat Army ;-).

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