Category Archives: Real Learning

Blab with me

Have you tried Blab yet? It’s what Google Hangouts should have been, a free video conferencing tool for up to four speakers and an unlimited audience. Optionally, Blab records and archives conversations.

Brent Schlenker turned me on to Blab, and as soon as I saw it, I had to host a session.

blab Click for recording

Blab is tightly integrated with Twitter. You can Tweet announcements of sessions and invitations for people to join in.

I’ve been searching for something like this to enable readers of Real Learning to meet online to share their experiences and help one another learn.

On Monday at 11:00 Pacific/2:00 Eastern I’ll open up a session on Blab to talk about Real Learning. You can find the details on Twitter. Sure, I know it’s Labor Day. I figured you might have a few minutes when you’re not in meetings.

I just scheduled the session. This immediately appeared on Twitter: Real Learning Monday 11:00am PDT. Subscribe now ➼      Join me.

The developers are monitoring Blab closely and it improves every day. It reminds me of WordPress, where they are forever fixing things I didn’t know were broken.

Postscript. More than a dozen people subscribed, indicating they were going to join us. One person showed up; we’d had lunch together a few days before. Participation inequality lives on.

Real Learning

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
–George Bernard Shaw

 Aha! is becoming Real Learning.  The old name didn’t fit the book.


Aha! captures the spirit of “Oh, I see; that’s how you do it.” Cool.

Unfortunately, the term Aha! only focuses only on the magic moment of enlightenment. It doesn’t suggest the work that comes before (knowing your goals, tuning your networks) or what it takes to make learning stick (taking action and reflection).

As I worked with it, the term began to feel too close to the self-help snake oil that fills bookstore shelves. Creepy.

I am out to help people learn how to improve their lives by learning to learn and don’t want to be confused with the charlatans and their faith-healing promises. Real Learning is based on neuroscience and what’s proven successful, not the standard self-help bullshit.

Real Learning is what the book is  about. I’m not going to give you a sales pitch. (If that’s what you’re after, look here.) The book is a natural sequel to Informal Learning.  The earlier book talked about the importance of informal learning.  Real Learning explains how to do it .

Change is a pain at this point, but as Jack Welch said, it’s best to change before you have to.