to learn

Learned when young is (well) done when old.* You are never too old to learn.** If someone else can do something, you can learn it. Nice to say, but how do we learn? How does an organisation learn? Does a 'perfect' way to learn exist? Is it possible to learn to learn? To want to learn, just looking isn't enough; seeing properly is more important, listening instead of hearing! To learn is to experiment and to experience.

Many approaches to learning exist, depending on learning goals, capabilities and context. We use a philosophy and approach based on TRIZ and OTSM-TRIZ. For us, central to this approach is the idea that (young) people can and should learn to apply creativity and inventiveness to be able to find solutions for (emerging) problem situations.

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The actual suggested solutions are surprisingly creative and versatile. Even (very) young children prove able to come up with very creative solutions. As we have no idea whatsoever which problems we – as a society – will be facing, we don't think static knowledge of standard solutions will make the difference. We will require more dynamic, generic learning and research capabilities, which should help us to learn, to learn to learn and possibly even learn to think. Learning to adapt.

Under 'SpeelJeWijs' we summarise different aspects of learning.

* ‘Jong geleerd is oud gedaan’ and ** ‘Een mens is nooit te oud om te leren’ (Dutch proverbs)

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