Learning Communities LO6089

Rol Fessenden (76234.3636@compuserve.com)
12 Mar 96 18:14:11 EST

Replying to LO6009 --

Bill Hobler points out, "Joe Racine raises many disturbing questions as he
describes extending a learning organization to the 'community'. He first
has a litany of requirements on ordinary citizens.

>citizens must learn to routinely take advantage of those opportunities.

> People must learn factual information about public issues.

>They must learn the value of collaboration and respect ..

>Citizens need to learn that their opinions can make a difference, ...

>They must not only see such participation as an opportunity, but, >rather, as
a responsibility.

>People also need to learn to trust government to carry out policies.

>Citizens need to have a clear understanding of community values

>Citizens should explore alternative futures beyond those

>They need to learn the concept of sustainability, the intergenerational ...

> they need to learn about themselves ...."

I missed the original of this. None of these -- I dislike absolutes, but
in my opinion NONE -- are going to occur prior to the beginning of a
learning community. In reality, these begin to occur more or less
simultaneously with learning to be a LO. Achieving these states are steps
on the road to LO. I think we have to accept that the raw materials for
LO communities are already in place. They are the citizens we see around
us every day, and they don't have these characteristics. Let's not wait
for these characteristics to evidence themselves. Let's get to work with
what we have to work with.


Rol Fessenden LL Bean 76234.3636@compuserve.com

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