Question: Peter M. Senge: Fifth Discipline

“A truly profound and different insight is the way you begin to see that a system causes its own behavior. –– We don’t see the structures at play much at all. Rather, we just find ourselves compelled to act in certain ways.”

Are then “teacher” and “student” what create the current model of an educational organization?

If so, then by, not re-defining, but re-creating both, we can find a new system.


The End of Public Education – The Emerge of Lifelong Learning

Tomorrow’s College models are emerging, Education protests are occurring in Italy and even China seeks orderly shift to consumer economy and tries to find something in their education system that would teach their students more creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Hundreds of more articles and news like these are filling the media. What’s happening?

In the same time people are asking, why isn’t our education system efficient, why don’t kids like school and often feel the learning methods boring, and why it seems, that in some parts companies are sending worrying signals back to schools that the graduates just don’t know how to deal with the current working life. So once again, what is happening?

The answer is simple. The paradigm shift is happening. What really matters in education is shifting. For example:

We don’t need people who can tell out from their memory all the possible ways you can do corporate accounting, we need people who invent new ways of doing corporate accounting.

By this I don’t mean that we need people who know how to cheat better [well, just maybe in some cases we need them too], but we need people who are proactive in learning and dealing with the situations life throws at them.

We need people who understand that learning isn’t something that happens in [just] during the classes, but who take the world as their playground for it.

We need proactive learners who learn for themselves, not for the grades.

We need learners who understand that they are never going to be ready, but embrace this knowledge as something positive telling them “Life doesn’t have to be the same old same old until the end, unless I let it be so”.

And we need educators, business owners and governments who support this ideology. It is important to businesses to realize that the graduates are just in the beginning of their journey. Of course they are not ready! It is your responsibility to recognize the potential and passionate and build with them the ecosystem where they can flourish, grow and that way also benefit the company itself.

In this fast pace world, we can’t teach stability, but dealing with instability. I really liked  the idea in the EdTalks video How young people perceive social media where the 20-year old social media expert is saying “Constant change is something stable for us”. This is something we should embrace as a whole about the world too.

I’m really happy to participate with my presentation in British Council’s Going Global 2011 conference in Hong Kong next March and to be able to talk about these issues with other people, as this is a global issue, not just local. These changes are happening all over, not just on our backyards. And the dialogue with other people around the world is necessary for all of us to learn from different countries and how they are dealing with the change.

Event: TEDx ProAcademy – Tampere 12.11.2010

I’m very pleased to be part of the first [but hopefully not the last] TEDx in Tampere, Finland. The organizers wanted people to share their thoughts on what to do in order to establish a change in education.

There are a lot of issues to deal with, some of them are easier than others, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that we have to change things as the world has changed and keeps changing still.

We need to question what is the most important mission for formal education. And as I say formal, I mean that there are other ways to learn which, for some people, might even be more effective. For example I learned Photoshop mostly from online tutorials and videos, although I also had classes about it, but didn’t find them effective.

What we also need to do more efficiently, is to link businesses with the education sector. There’s no learning period anymore, as lifelong learning is making its way to our lives. In order to succeed, we need to learn until the day our bodies stop functioning.

I and my wife Hanna Teräs want to contribute to TEDx ProAcademy by sharing our presentation “21st Century Professional Development – Bridging the Gap Between Higher Education and Working Life” which clearly deals with these same issues. We had the chance to have this as a full paper in AACE E-Learn 2010 Orlando, Florida.

Here’s the link to the paper online in Hanna’s profile in

This is only a draft, the final work published in E-Learn 2010–World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education, Orlando, Florida.


Hanna & Marko