There’s this visual in my mind about this learner/thinker.
This visual has been there for some time. But I knew that there were a couple of missing pieces.
There is no set classification of a learner. But my visual revolves around the learner/thinker.
The visual revolved around this one individual. They are reading this book. Absorbing information. Synthesizing it and complimenting their level of understanding with this new found knowledge.
Depending on the quality of information being absorbed, this individual would stop from time to time. They would think and reflect upon, what is it that they are reading or absorbing (through another form of media). But mostly books, as books naturally allow you to control the user experience around you.
The learner/thinker is an interesting and unique creature. When it’s synthesizing the information, the gears are churning in their conscious mind. Mindfulness could allow them to store a quality amount of information. Creativity, could allow them to connect dots that an average individual might not necessarily think about connecting.
On the surface, it would appear that the learner/thinker is absorbing information and pondering about what they are absorbing. But inside their mind the wheels are churning. Perhaps indefinitely, till one gear compliments another and another and yet another. Till finally, the gear is ready to compliment the wider vision. And that complimenting too is going on, on a re-iterative, indefinite and on-going basis.
A learner/thinker is immensely beneficial for a system. Good usefulness for learner/thinkers depends upon the quality of information being absorbed and the cognitive constructs being manufactured.
As with everything else, there is incredible diversity, when it pertains to this categorization of learner/thinkers. They are philosophers, poets, artists, teachers, business leaders, soldiers, analysts e.t.c
A learner/thinker is a precious commodity. Hence, when a system happens to have one, they should make sure that the necessary provisions exist. Provisions that would help augment and enrich this learner/thinkers thinking process. This necessitates the creation of institutions, processes and procedures that implicitly support the thinking processes of this learner/thinker. Not an active/reactive basis. But more akin to the example of leaving books all around the house, so that your children would have a higher probability of picking them up and reading them. And that’s just one example.
The learner/thinker is a precious commodity for one simple reason.
They can consistently, hold thoughts in their brains and turn them into ideas and even constructs.
They might or they might not be able to construct something out of these thoughts. But the mere process of building one single thought into a construct, is perhaps a rare skill to have.
The ideas that the learner/thinker constructs, change the world.
There is another type of learner/thinker. One that believes in seeing their constructs come to action in the real world. This is why we call this individual the learner/thinker/maker. Maker and doer are the same thing. But maker is more apt. Because the act of making something automatically entails that the individual is doing something.
In most instances the learner/thinker/maker makes a physical effort. It continuously learns from the experiments it conducts. It adapts.
The learner moves in a specific direction in order to accomplish a specific goal.
The learner/thinker/maker can turn thoughts into realities.
They are scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, social and human rights activists. They bend reality, they infuse life and stability into systems and they can help conjure new realities. They change the world.
It’s very important that we find and nurture these individuals. They can breathe life into systems.