Insights for Coaches from Counterinsurgency Thinking

David Kilcullen was a guest on Radio National’s PM program on 28 June. A transcript of his interview can be found here.

I wrote about David’s work last year after I discovered his writing about the accidental guerilla.

He has written a new book on Counterinsurgency.

Many years ago coaches were reading Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. This review of Counterinsurgency indicates why David Kilcullen’s work might be of interest to coaches now. Two of the themes that will be of interest are David’s thoughts on training and trusting leaders and building build trusted networks.

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Each week I become more and more fascinated by what we can share. Twitter has accelerated this process for me although this week I have not participated at all.

Earlier this year I intiated some posts entitled Food for Thought and aspired to write a weekly alphabet update of blogs. I managed two editions of the post. I realised that despite my best intentions my divergent thinking sent me off on journeys that were hard to stop. I found them to be wonderful vectors of discovery.

I started this post in a workshop on Educating the Net Generation whilst managing to ignore Yammer, TweetDeck and Facebook!

Recently this TED video of Pattie Maes sent me off on another learning journey:

Such journeys are framed by many of the links Stephen Downes shares in OLDaily. I really enjoyed his most recent discussion of networks. I wondered if I had become an accidental connectivist after hearing a marvellous interview with David Kilcullen on Radio National. I had previously linked Stephen with Jeanette Winterson in an early post in this blog. I think Stephen and David would have a great deal to share too!

I found this presentation by David Wiley via Mike Bogle‘s Facebook post. It provided a great adjunct to Stephen’s presentation and explored openness and disaggregation in higher education.

YouTube had some fascinating action this week and the YouTube Symphony received a great deal of publicity. This is a link to one of the Australian contestants. I thought it was entirely appropriate that Michael Tilson Thomas was involved in this event.

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I thought this much publicised YouTube video (17 million plus viewers 93,000 comments, 84,000 ratings) of Susan Boyle put the whole week in perspective for me … dreams do come true!