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By M. Taylor

The recent millennium provides us with unforeseen occasions that problem us to imagine and act in essentially other ways. assembly those demanding situations calls for not just the construction of data however the improvement of knowledge. This booklet attracts jointly 40 years of scholarship and perform, besides unique examine, to catalyze our services in studying approximately what we don’t comprehend. As glaring from the viewpoint of the learner, a trend of 4 detailed stages of experience—a particular series of cognitive, affective, and courting features—can generate an stronger viewpoint out of bewilderment and result in knowledge in motion.

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This tendency is quite natural because many executives reach their positions of authority by virtue of their competence in taking responsibility and solving problems. But the locus of responsibility for problem solving when a company faces adaptive challenge must shift to its people. Solutions to adaptive challenges reside not in the executive suite but in the collective intelligence of employees at all levels, who need to use one another as resources, often across boundaries, and learn their way to those solutions” (Heifetz and Laurie, 2001, p.

One of the painful tasks we face in a global village is to let go of the belief that reality is “a given” and knowledge of it is immutable. We have begun this journey, but we are still often surprised when we find that what we take for granted as true may well not be true for others. Yet this fundamental recognition is critical to peaceful and mutually respectful coexistence on the planet. Finally, symbolized by physicist Werner Heisenberg’s (Lindley, 2007) groundbreaking discovery that, at a subatomic level, we cannot observe matter without changing what we are observing, we have come to realize that we shape reality by our very presence.

Bateson describes this as “personal identity, which merges in to all the processes of relationship in some vast ecology or aesthetics of cosmic interaction. . Every detail of the universe is seen as proposing a view of the whole” (p. 306). We get the “big picture,” a new perspective of our world, and we come to understand our own life as meaningful in a different way. indd 40 3/2/2011 3:47:27 PM L e a r n i n g i n t h e T w e n t y- F i r s t C e n t u r y 41 Torbert’s Experiential Learning and Consciousness The same year that Bateson published Steps to an Ecology of Mind, William Torbert (1972) published Learning from Experience toward Consciousness, in which he described a similar triple-layered perspective of “attention, feedback and consciousness” that parallels Bateson’s orders of learning.

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