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American Learnership Solutions (ALS) is a business entity and sponsor
of the American Learnership Forum (ALF) not-for-profit at www.alforum.org 

Why Learnership?

Inspiring Discussions

American Learnership is defined as Learning and Leadership for a Mindful Way-of-Being. Our objective is to discuss, debate, and learn from the past and present at both American Learnership™ Solutions and at American Learnership ™ Forum events. Through meaningful discourse with a variety of educated and skilled people from all fields and perspectives, we act to open dialogue about current trends and the future state of American citizens, businesses, communities and society – and about the decisions and action required for positive change and development.

Selective Opportunity

The American experiment in democratic governance deserves a mixed review. A majority of Americans benefit from the security, wealth, and technological capability offered to those who through education, social connectivity, or birthright have the opportunity to participate, produce, and consume valued goods and services. For a sizeable minority, however, these opportunities may not exist, are missed due to lack of preparation, or are blocked by social barriers perceived as too difficult to overcome.

Constitutional Failings

In terms of fully serving the interests of all Americans, the nation is failing to live up to its Constitutional guarantee of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. There is little doubt that American society, in all its aspects and domains, should be able to produce and distribute its bounty more equitably and in greater alignment with its founding principles and aspirations.

Unpredictable Present

While the increasing pace of life, complexity of issues, and unpredictability of events threaten to consume many in whirlpools of societal turbulence, the systems that have been designed for support often fail to respond. Chaos and rigidity co-exist to the detriment of social alignment and cohesion. Using our Federal Government as an example, pluralistic gridlock that even James Madison might find difficult to accept has slowed policy and budget deliberations to a crawl. Americans seem to be losing their ability to recognize and act on issues of mutual concern.

Lack of Action

Unless a crisis is imminent, little action is taken, and, even then, that which is done may be ill advised. The question of whether society can proactively manage its future for positive results or simply act as an inept caretaker of a diminishing heritage may be worth considering.

Questionable Future

One might ask: "Where is the competent reasoning, learning, and action necessary to define a desirable national vision and forge the capabilities and resources required for comprehensive social progress?" It appears that we, as people, are not engaging in the important conversations needed to make real progress at home – and contribute generously to the world.

Learnership: Reasoning and Systems Development

A systems model of the American Learnership ™ Development Process for integrated learning, leading and achieving a social system based mindful way-of-being is illustrated. The major elements and domains in the model are:

Reasoning Competencies (Systems Thinking, Pattern Recognition, Situational Learning, Knowledge Management, and Adaptive Leadership) working in an interdisciplinary manner; can stimulate integrated Social Systems Development (Personal System, Organizational System, Community System, and Societal System); that is  influenced contextually by Universal Knowledge Spheres (Social, Economic, Political, Ecological, Technological, and Geographic); to achieve overarching Universal Goals (Personal Self-Fulfillment, Organization High Performance, the Common Good and Human Enlightenment). Additionally, six sets of Universal Ideals may be proposed to represent the societal values that a vast majority of Americans would accept and support: (Truth/Honesty, Freedom/Democracy, Justice/Equality, Love/Happiness, Beauty/Goodness and Responsibility/Trust)

Process Chart

A Mindful Way-of-Being

Sigmund Freud once said: "We know that the first step towards the intellectual mastery of the world in which we live is the discovery of general principles, rules and laws which bring order into chaos.  By such mental operations we simplify the world of phenomena, but we cannot avoid falsifying it in doing so, especially when we are dealing with processes of development and change."  Whenever we become lazy or trapped by our simplifications and convenience-based way of thinking we are in danger of operating on the basis of premature cognitive commitments in which our frames of reference and preference dominate our mental processing and exclude new, more accurate, and more useful information—we begin to operate mindlessly.
Mindlessness is perpetuated by:

1.  Unconscious, motivated-not-knowing

2. Using restrictive categories for approved knowledge                                                       

3.  A sense of limited scope or resources

4.  A refusal to consider the influence of context

5.  The influence of pre-established values and perceptions

6.  A strong preference for linear, cause and effect thinking

7.  A lack of education, emotional development, and/or experience

8.  Excessive trust in "experts" with little real basis for their views. 

Upon reflection, it might be that most of humankind lives within social, ethnic, religious, cultural, political, and economic circumstances that perpetuate this mindlessness.  Maybe the time has come the raise the bar of our expectations, and declare that given the hundred thousand years or so of our homo sapiens ancestors roaming around the earth we should have accomplished more.  Maybe we can learn to become more mindful in our reasoning and behavior as we progress into our interrelated futures.

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