Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

We're hearing more and more about 'mindsets' - for example, the "innovator's mindset", an "entrepreneurial mindset", and the like. They have a mysterious origin. As Tim Stahmer suggests here, a mindset "is a way of looking at life," and thus distinct from a 'skill' which is... something different? I'm hard-pressed to see the difference. From where I sit, knowledge and skills are (at least in part) ways of looking at the world (or as Lakoff would put it, 'frames'). Yes, mindsets can be learned - but it is also important to note that they are essentially moral and political frameworks - a certain type of skill directly associated with identifying and valuing, as opposed to (say) making or producing.

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