Part IV of “Our Unpleasant Truths” — The New 3Rs | Will Richardson | 3 Min Read

School leaders might want to rethink the next three- or five-year “strategic plan” process that will at some point land on their to-do lists.

I mean, we can scarcely plan for next week let alone next year, right?

What the chaos of the last 14 months or so is trying hard to teach us is that we’re entering a long period, maybe a permanent period of “no-normal.” As the author and philosopher Meg Wheatly writes in her brilliant essay “Willing to be Disturbed”:

But the world now is quite perplexing. We no longer live in those sweet, slow days when life felt predictable, when we actually knew what to do next. We live in a complex world, we often don’t know what’s going on, and we won’t be able to understand its complexity unless we spend more time in not knowing.

Meg Wheatly


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Will Richardson

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will Richardson has spent the past 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use “fearless inquiry” to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future. In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global “Changemakers in Education” by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 “Edupreneurs to Follow” by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. He has also authored six books, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and Vancouver.