How to make education responsive to a fast-changing world. Lessons from our heroes, and our own peer-learning programs on 5 continents.

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About The Peer Learning Guide

When a new discipline is still emerging, how do you educate people in that subject? There are no established experts, no books, and no agreement in best practices, so where do you begin?

We got interested in this topic when wanted to help in fast-changing contexts like humanitarian problems, the food supply chain, energy distribution, machine learning, blockchain.

The Peer Learning Guide is written for educators, program managers, and most importantly, for participants who want to improve their own education experiences.

It covers our role models’ stories, like Harvard and Y Combinator in the US, MEST in Ghana, FarmHack in the Netherlands and Pirate Summit in Germany. And we share how we took what we learned from them to create some world-class education programs and globally-known communities of practice like The Sources, The Africa Prize For Engineering and the Lean Startup movement.

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Table of contents

  1. What makes someone your peer?

  2. Learning from your peers
  3. Defining Peer Learning
    • Agency
    • Responsiveness
    • Connectivity
  4. What makes Peer Learning work
    • Learning on the agenda doesn’t mean learning happened
    • Detect then respond
    • Evaluating common approaches
    • First steps
    • Progressing
  5. Picking your next step
    • To start with calibration
    • Running diagnostics
    • Initiating Agency
    • Catalyzing Agency
    • Expanding connections
    • Hyper-linking - manufacturing serendipity for learners
    • Incremental improvements
  6. The Peer Learning Shift
    • Content
    • Methodologies
    • Models
    • Unlearn from the best
  7. Redesigning
    • The Coherence Question
    • Assessment
  8. Peer Learning Functionality
    • Lower Access Time
    • Catch Wheel-spinning
    • Inject role models
    • Curate Communities
  9. Communities mature in waves
    • Explorers, Traders and Warriors
    • Picking your banner

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About the authors

Salim Virani

Salim is the creator of Source Institute. His work includes The Sources, the largest online course for the African continent, where African founders share their most relevant experiences and advice. Salim founded Leancamp, which created the first evolutions of Lean Startup to include Business Models, UX, and Enterprise Lean Startup. And Founder Centric, which developed and delivered startup education for UCL, Oxford University, Seedcamp, Techstars, ClimateKIC, and around 30 more accelerators and universities.

Bart Doorneweert

Fortune has enabled Bart to build his entrepreneurial experience, both as a scholar, and as a practitioner. An agricultural engineer by training, combined with a vocation for learning, and change, have brought him to India to venture in the cotton sector, East-Africa to understand technology adoption with smallholder farmers, and finally into education & facilitation at Source Institute.

About Source

Source Institute designs education for fast-changing environments. We are active at the frontier of new technology, and social impact, ranging from engineering ventures on the African continent, to connecting science fiction writers with government, and corporations on the topic of climate change, to finding a foothold for technology in agriculture. Source is powered by learnings from those who traverse these frontiers, and opens up their wisdom as it unfolds to the peers who follow similar destinations.