What is Unlearning?

Unlearning is the conscious act of letting go of outdated knowledge, mindsets, behaviors, etc., to make room for new ones. We ask ourselves what is currently needed.

Unlearning is NOT forgetting. The baggage we have accumulated on our life and professional journey is examined in the new context for its current relevance. Together, we honor the baggage that is already there and simultaneously reflect on whether and how it better fits the new destination.

Why Unlearning matters 💬

Letting go is an important part of transformation and learning processes. 
It provides access,

Our brain loves to safe energy and therefore dislikes excess baggage. When we receive new information, it filters and checks,

  1. if it is already known and
  2. whether it supports existing knowledge/thoughts/mindsets/behaviour, etc.

If the new contradicts the old, an incoherence is caused that the brain wants to avoid. In our “autopilot” mode, the familiar paths, that is, what is already known and trusted, are always preferred.

It is therefore crucial to make the current baggage (knowledge, mindset, behaviour, etc.) visible and to incorporate it when learning something new. A transformation mindset paves the way for a successful learning journey towards change by conducting a joint “baggage check”.

Transformation requires a conscious letting go of the familiar. What is familiar provides us with security. Often, we fear losing our comfort zone, expertise, etc., and choose strategies to maintain the current state.

Transformation mindset formats are safe companions for empowering new learning and its journey.

Unlearning serves as a guide for new solutions. Within the group, I promote a shift in perspective and a Growth Mindset through a co-creative environment. We are willing to engage with new approaches and thoughts. 

The brain is social, and group processes assist participants in reinterpreting current views.

How can we activate Unlearning? 🔎

To make learning journeys sustainable, we must find ways that facilitate learning new things while also inviting us to let go of the familiar and obsolete.

This process includes giving attention and appreciation to the existing baggage, the effort we have already invested, and what has been important. By acknowledging this, we make it easier to embrace new perspectives, approaches, behaviors, and knowledge. We also make the baggage visible and tangible to other learners, creating the opportunity to recognize that the content of the baggage may differ or be applied differently. However, unlearning also involves checking whether it is still helpful and what is needed in the current situation.

My role in these UNlearning journeys is to provide and hold space so that transformation can occur more easily. By setting goals and guiding the travelers on the learning journey, I take care of ensuring a smooth arrival for them with the following formats: