When I was working for Steve Denning at the World Bank, and we were kicking off Knowledge Management in the mid-90s, I remember reading a copy of The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge, all about Learning Organizations. I got very excited and showed it to Steve.
Two weeks later we were sitting around a table with Peter Senge in his office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Steve didn’t hesitate. He read the book and took the entire team up to meet the author. It was a real demonstration for me of how fast and easy learning can be when you go straight to the source. We visited Peter two more times and I took a couple of classes with him through his Society for Organizational Learning.
Last September, thanks to my good friend, Robbie Baxter, I visited Silicon Valley and spent time with executives at Google, Pinterest, Apple, Mango Health, Kurbo, Badgeville and others. A number of business relationships sprouted from that visit, which are in play today.
Just last night I landed in Los Angeles. Today I visit the UCLA Department of Grand Challenges, where executive directors Michelle Popowitz and Jill Sweitzer have me fully programmed, meeting many of their leaders and staff. The week ahead I will be meeting with a number of people at the Xprize as well as Becky Margiotta, co-founder of the Billions Institute. Each one of these organizations is germane to my work on Grand Challenges – I look forward to learning a lot.
It gives me great joy to go and visit leaders who are doing great things for our world. I know they will open new horizons for me, sharing their work. This is all part of my dreams coming true.
Who do you want to visit in your dream quest?
– Norman Cousins