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982 - Hello from India, 20th Anniversary of TRENDS and Learning 2017 Curation

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - November 13, 2017.
#982 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
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1. 20th Anniversary for Learning TRENDS!
2. Hello from India - Learning Conversations
3. Curating Learning 2017! 

First of all, Hello from India! I received a number of notes from Learning TRENDS readers asking where our occasional notes were in the last few weeks. Between an amazing Learning 2017 and then a two-week trip to India for some Learning Projects and Reflection, my fingers have been off the TRENDS keyboard. But, it is also our Learning TRENDS Anniversary - so here is a quick note from Goa, India! 

1. 20th Anniversary for Learning TRENDS! In 1997, I started a simple irregular email blast, which became Learning TRENDS, to share some observations with learning and business colleagues around the world. 

Over the past 20 years, we have had tens of thousands of readers and collaborators receive and react to my Learning TRENDS emails. I’ve always tried to follow the rule of sending it when I had something to share or comment on - rather than a regular schedule. 

Over the 20 years, I have experimented with rich text, graphic-intensive, and other formats and keep coming back to simple plain text, usually 3 items, and sending it by email as well as posting it at We have posted all TRENDS at that site. 

We have turned down over 500 offers from companies to advertise on the page or “buy” an article. My code of conduct is to never endorse a product or to take any revenue from the Learning TRENDS project. It is a great way to keep in touch with our colleagues and certainly helps us let the world know about our Learning events and projects.

Much has evolved over the 20 years. “Learning” is the descriptor rather than “training”. Tech is assumed to be a part of the learning mix. And, people have joined, left, retired, been promoted and evolved.  

I am excited for future Learning TRENDS notes and postings. I hope that you will come along for the ride. If you have any comments to share, send me a note to  

2. Hello from India - Learning Conversations: Spending two weeks in India focusing on Learning and also taking time for personal and professional reflection.

Colleagues from our host Accenture and other companies in the Bangalore area were wonderful in sharing the role and growth of learning in India. There were wonderful conversations about a range of topics including: 

* Learning Sourcing Shifting: Many groups “outsourced” elearning coding to India for years. Now, there is a strong sense of learning innovation and development happening in this country - and organizations are shifting to a more global approach.

* Learning Tech Expanding to Virtual, Collaborative, ChatBots and More. We visited awesome labs where the next generation of learning - for colleagues around the world - is being developed.

* Strong Focus on Brain Science and Holistic Approaches to Learning/Performance. Wonderful conversations about the growth of brain science as it applies to learning assumptions. And, rich integration of emotional, societal and cognitive dimensions in learning strategies.

Stay tuned for a detailed report that I will compile after coming back to the United States next week. 

3. Curating Learning 2017! Learning 2017 was amazing! There were 1,814 global colleagues engaging in over 190 sessions and experiences. Keynoters included Michelle Obama, John Lithgow and a host of Chief Learning Officers and other innovators. We had our own Learning song called “Right Now” and 7 participants were part of a dance to it.

My team is pulling together an Open Source Curation of Learning 2017. Over the next few weeks we will post videos, content curation segments, and even an illustrated booklet focusing on the learning content and conversations. 

And, I will be sharing a video summary of the key Learning Points that came out of the 3 1/2 days of Learning 2017. These will be posted on our site and I will highlight them in a future Learning TRENDS. 

Thanks to all who attended and we are honored to curate the content for a wider audience of colleagues around the globe. 

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Twitter: @emasie 

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