I commute to work, and it’s a 2 hour door-to-door trip, and I tend to find little side projects which I largely start and not finish to do on the train journeys. Or I listen to podcasts, or nap.
This week, our task is to blog Tableau tips daily, and I was brainstorming on my way home on what I could blog about, and following my journey I came up with a beautifully simple way to start Tip week.
This evening, I watched a TED talk with John Green where he described how he thought of learning and education and things as a cartographic journey. For those of you (like me until recently) who are not aware, cartography is basically how maps and things like maps were created by people who wanted to draw places and discover more. These are the original explorers. The key thing I learnt about this was not only a new way of thinking of learning (I’ll get into that shortly) but that discovering and sharing your discoveries should be part of an infinite cycle – and to me that’s the beauty of communities.
So the learning process – within this, the cartography comes in like this. Green talked about how he didn’t enjoy learning and saw it as an arbitrary set of obstacles that he felt he had to hurdle, yet when he moved schools he became part of a community – indeed and found within himself – which wanted to know more. Not because it would be useful in day to day life, but because it gave more perspective and made him want to discover more.