Intro -- Graham Guest LO19946

Graham Guest (
Fri, 20 Nov 1998 10:04:00 -0500

Hello everybody

My name is Graham Guest. Im 50 years old and live in London, England.
For many years I was qualifications manager with a professional
engineering institution and then two years ago I resigned to become an
independent consultant. Since then I have developed an interest in the
theory and practice of learning organizations. Its particularly
interesting to me to see how some of the principles can be applied to the
individual in a world where more and more people are going it alone -
either by choice or out of necessity. As part of my own continuing
professional development I recently started a short Internet-based course
with City University entitled Applying Technology in Learning. For my
project I am investigating how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
can use ICT, including groupware, to develop as learning organizations. A
course tutor referred me to Ricks article Groupware and Organizational
Learning. It rang lots of bells so I thought I would join you all. I
look forward to contributing to the discussions. How about the following
as an illustration of mental models ?

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip together. After a
good dinner they lay down and fell asleep. Some hours later Holmes awoke
and nudged his friend, Watson.

Watson, he said, look up and tell me what you see.

I see a lot of stars in the sky, replied Watson.

And what does that tell you? asked Holmes.

Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies in
the universe. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.
Horologically, I deduce that the time is a quarter past three.
Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are
insignificant. Meteorologically, I believe we will have a fine day
tomorrow. And what does it tell you, Holmes?

It tells me, Watson, that somebody has stolen our tent!

Best wishes.


Graham Guest Consultancy
Tel: +44 181 653 1694


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