- January 17th, 2009 8:25 AM
When Aaron Maniam opened our reflections session at the Principles of Graphic Facilitation session in Singapore with a “double loop learning” graphic I was hit by just how flat our world has become. He is a young strategist working for the Ministry of Trade’s Future Group. He had volunteered to lead the day two opening, and on his own framed the activity by asking his colleagues to share some single and double loop learning’s.
He didn’t reference Chris Argyris, who developed the concept. Memories of him at the Inventing the Future of Management conference in Half Moon Bay last year flashed through my mind. He’s in his 80s now and slowing down, but Aaron is young and speeding up, and here was this idea clear over here in Singapore. Aaron asked his colleagues what it meant. Many of them knew! Single loop learning includes the prima facie facts and understandings, someone said. Double loop learning includes reflecting on how we learn, and how we went about the process of getting the facts.