What is the Academy of Unlearning?
Learning organizations are undergoing a paradigm shift, from
experience-centered development to learning-centered development. Evaluating
life experience provides different resources than school.
Evaluating your life experience can help you develop your resources,
focusing on skills for exploration and innovation.
Mission Statement of Academy of Unlearning
To discover the unique essence of the integral human being
Academy of Unlearning FAQ
Why an Academy of Unlearning?
Unlearning is letting go of the known, to create space for learning the
unknown. Unlearning can integrate conventional scientific methods to include
Unlearning is for those who dare to dream in the midst of a storm, those
who crave the moments of inspiration during solitary walks; those who can quietly ignore
criticism and those who cherish the power of courage tempered by humble wisdom.
Unlearning searches for what makes sense in life. The essentials
are hidden in plain sight - in complex living systems that the cause-effect
language of science cannot always explain. Unlearning cause-effect thinking
raises systemic awareness.
What is Unlearning?
Unlearning is intertwined with living systems, which include
relationships, emotions and subjective experience. Fritjof Capra’s (1996)
description of living systems provide a basis for Unlearning.
A living system, Capra says, has three characteristics:
- Structure - relationships
between the elements of a system
- Pattern - rhythms and
habits of a system
- Development - how a system
changes over time
Systemic structures and patterns indicate how learning affects
development. Systemic rhythms and habits provide structure over time, by
which a system regulates its energies. With appropriate
rhythm, organizations can build and maintain health - dealing promptly with chaos,
insecurity and stress.
Organizational rhythms show how energy is managed. Certain
rhythms may have worked wonderfully once, but can limit the ability to adapt to
changing environment. Systemic habits can become addictive justifications of
Living systems "learn" patterns, develop them and reproduce
them. Most systemic patterns are unconscious and complex, yet patterns become ingrained
as mindless habits.
Knowing that systemic rhythms are intimately connected to
learning and development,
the conscious assessment and unlearning of systemic rhythms is fundamental
to systemic health.
Most habits are unconscious, yet they are critically important
development. They are part of the capacity to form relationships and to
observe and interpret the world.
Observing and understanding living systems
are the challenges of Unlearning.
Goals of Unlearning
The overall purpose of Unlearning is happiness. The happiness
of discovery, of continuing to learn forever. The open-ended goals of Unlearning
are regenerative energy ... long-term happiness (Kai-zen):
- Find ways to remain unobtrusive
- Observe how the world transforms with overlapping shifts
- Increase flexibility in unexpected situations
- Re-evaluate past events in harmony with new discoveries in
- Promote laughter and humor
- Let go of assumptions and presumptions
- Revere and respect all
- Facilitate fellowship
Features of Unlearning Organizations
- Make time for evaluating, exploration and innovation
- Continually search for improvement
- Evaluate and update rules, policies and procedures. Processes may be
- Distinguish between deliberately breaking agreed policies and
exploring what happens when outcomes differ from expectations
- Actively listen to feedback - from internal and external sources
- Share resources, information, people and risk. They operate
in interconnected networks; resources are shared; everyone plays whatever
roles are required.
- Evaluate ideas when there is a full and well-balanced views
- Anticipate and manage risk
- Support innovation
- Assign innovation projects as important; and reward risk-taking
- Push for delivery (on tasks which are well-understood, and can
successfully be planned with certainty), and allow innovation and
Spirituality includes unlearning guilt, conflicting ideas, emotional
trauma and toxic mentorship. Spirituality includes integrating with the
integrating principle beneath conflicts and the source of emotions.
Spirituality is unlearning. See
Code of Ethics for Spiritual
- Unlearning is not forgetting. Unlearning is integrating with
the complement of what
is known. Experiencing opposites helps you unlearn what you once learned.
Your mind becomes flexible and can accept integrated reality.
- Unlearning is not not-feeling. Unlearning includes accepting
the source of all your emotions.
- Unlearning requires relationships. Every point of view can
accepted and integrated. The more viewpoints, the greater the integration.
- Unlearning rises above conflicts and dualities.
- Unlearning is experiencing and accepting other perceptual
- Unlearning is finding relationship with a body, and with a mind.
- Unlearning answers the questions: "What am I?"
"Am I a body?"
"Am I a mind?"
- Unlearning is holding body and mind for fulfilling a
You have all the resources that you need - if you
clear your emotional,
intellectual and relationship debris. Then you can find your Visions and
fulfill your goals.
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