The deeper we get into the 21st Century, the clearer it is that this century’s most disruptive trends – globalization, rapidly accelerating technological innovations, confounding socioeconomic disparities, and polarizing ideologies – are revealing some unsettling schisms between what previously were our taken-for-granted beliefs and what today are the kinds of perceptions, values, and mindsets we now need if we’re going to cope with the new worlds growing up around us.

Every day it seems our personal world views -- the very architecture of our traditional Orders of Consciousness -- are being undermined. For many of us, these challenges are encouraging a search for more useful ways of coping with the challenges

that we’re finding most painful and anxiety laden. We are, for this search, in clear need of fresh strategies that will help us respond to these new simultaneously terrifying and exciting opportunities that we’re just now beginning to experience.

In this regard it seems like here, with our first blog that's specifically focused on transformational learning, the best thing we can do is offer you four propositions that will help you better understand transformational learning's relevance and significance.

--- Four Transformational Learning Propositions ---

Proposition #1: Transformational Learning Is A Consciousness Issue.

Proposition #2: Human Consciousness Evolves Slowly But Persistently.

Proposition #3: Human Consciousness Evolves Through Definable Stages.

Proposition #4: Each Successive Stage Is More Complex And Expansive.

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Of course, much more needs saying about each of these propositions. They all warrant further elaboration, as well as practical examples and concrete evidence. However, to get us started, we simply want to offer these propositions as if each were one of Picasso’s abstract paintings; that is, a singular sketch of the world that’s intriguing enough to be worthy of serious conjecture, a purely personal interpretive effort. To this end, we invite you to take some time to reflect on what these propositions, unadorned as they are with any explanatory text, might mean to you.

What do these propositions suggest to you?

What do they highlight that you might already sense?

After you’ve pondered a while, ask yourself if there's more you want to know. If there is, take a look below at the YouTube videos by Christine Jarvis and Nick Petrie.  Each, in its own way, offers a little bit more on what transformation learning might mean.


Once you've done all the pondering and all the listening you're going to do, if you still want to dig deeper, take a look at the three thought papers on transformational learning that you’ll find in TLO’s Thought Papers’ section.

In the weeks to come we’ll be back to this foundational issue with much more of our own.