What a better way to start my Saturday than to have an early breakfast of toast and coffee and then to head off to National Library. While some of us would anticipate to be the first few to arrive at the library on an early Saturday morning, it was to my surprise that I realized how wrong I could have been. The 5th floor of the library, which is typically allocated for open environment reading, was completely occupied by people who were parked in the lounge chairs with open computer screens, busy going about their tasks for the day.
I decided to relocate myself to the 11th floor of the library. As I arrived, I noticed that the doors to the reference area had not been opened and people were standing by the door, eagerly waiting to make an entrance. I contemplated on the learning culture that we have in Singapore – which may be represented by the observations that I made, early on this Saturday morning.
We are all eager to learn. Alvin Tofler positioned the learning process for the 21st century to be one where “The illiterate of this century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
How are we constantly learning, unlearning and relearning? How do capture opportunities for learning? How do we use learning to engage change?