A reality based on collaboration rather than competition

At School Beyond Limitations we put a huge emphasis on collaboration. We see each individual as a contributor to the learning of themselves, their peers, the entire school community and beyond.

We believe that we can step away from a reality that is based on competition – a reality that has been nurtured for decades and centuries in school and in business – by encouraging to see ourselves as part of a big organism that works best if each and everyone collaborates for the wellbeing of society as a whole.

This allows us to see ourselves as well as others as an extended intelligence that – in collaboration – can create beyond imagination.

I am quite fascinated by the research of James Bridle, a British writer and artist who explores the intersection of technology, culture, and society. In his work, he discusses the importance of intelligence and collaboration in modern society.

Bridle believes that intelligence is not just a measure of individual capability, but also of collective intelligence.

According to Bridle, collaboration allows us to pool our collective knowledge and skills to solve complex problems that no single individual could solve alone.

He also sees the internet and digital technology as powerful tools for collaboration as they enable us to work together across vast distances and share information quickly and easily.

This is what we believe at School Beyond Limitations.

We invite our students, our facilitators and all parents to work together, to share our respective knowledge, to support one another in light of creating an environment that allows each person to value their own potential as an irreplaceable addition to the healthy functioning and further advancement of today’s society.

In agreement with Bridle we are aware that collaboration is not always easy. It requires trust, communication, and a willingness to compromise and work together towards a common goal.

However, by cultivating these skills and values we will be able to build truly intelligent and collaborative societies.

This is what we do on a daily basis. We cultivate collaboration in each lesson, in each staff meeting, in each Parent Evening, in the respective Community of Practices and projects.

It is a culture of collaboration that embraces technology and that is based on trust, communication and the willingness to work together towards our common goal: ‘to bring the unique essence of each student into life’.

That may take some time, but with patience and a strong collaboration that is based on the notion that intelligence is organically growing and developing, this will be reached.

Are you interested in SBL’s learning approach? If you would like to access more information about School Beyond Limitations or ask any questions, please reach out to us.

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