The GLC Organizing Committee held the first small-group conversation on “Freedom to Fail” on January 8. It was a rich, fascinating discussion, and several interesting themes emerged. One was how children and adults approach creative projects very differently: kids are more likely to jump into action and take a trial-and-error approach, while adults tend to put more effort and investment into the planning and organizing stages. (An interesting theme to emerge in a planning and organizing meeting!) We discussed how this may be partly because adults are more afraid of the “error” part of “trial-and-error”. What do you think?

As Tom Wujec points out in this thought-provoking TED talk, sometimes trial-and-error leads to better overall results, as we uncover hidden assumptions early that might otherwise cause major failures later on.

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