Hi everyone! Just wanted to follow up on one of the threads from yesterday, since it is pertinent for today. The topic can be summarized: "learning takes time, I have no time, therefore..." I think the only real way around this very true problem is to recognize learning as a valid core work objective, and therefore a valid real cost, and build that cost into projects, contracts, grants, and people's work day (through the personnel evaluation processs). I can think of only a handful of activities within AID which had learning as a primary, or even partial, objective, and an even smaller number which then put real money against it.
Sometimes we talk of learning as almost an altruistic goal; we should learn because it's a good thing; we shouldn't horde what we know, and as the internet teaches us, knowledge is a public good. Well, I disagree. I view knowledge in a programatic sense as simply another resource, a resources which needs to be tended, valued and worked. And while knowledge might be a free good in one sense, the care and feeding of it is not. As long as learning is seen as a "good thing" and not a core element of our day job, we are never going to get far in becoming learning driven.