S-O-L offers and explains a series of tools for reflecting on our own experience and sharing in the experience of others. These techniques build together into the solid base of an attractive conversational technology; this can only be properly appreciated through using it.

Activities offered in the Conversational Methods section of the website, offer a guide for obtaining this experience. The potential of these tools has already inspired a few to steal some of them unacknowledged. We invite the user(s) to acknowledge their true source and to join them in the more rewarding enterprise of openly developing, elaborating and transforming this technology into an ever more effective means for increasing our capacity to learn. This technology can enable any individual or group to self-help themselves towards achieving a greater capacity for Self-Organised-Learning. It is also flexible, adaptable and powerful enough to offer a whole new vista of opportunities to any profession or enterprise whose purpose it is to help others to learn.

The Four Stages of Becoming an Independent S-O-Ler

The four stages in becoming an Independent S-O-Ler are best understood by exploring what is involved in becoming naturally able to conduct a Learning Conversation with Yourself.

The Learning Conversation has three stages:-

  1. The “Challenging your Task Robots” conversations.
  2. The “Challenging your Learning Robots” conversations.
  3. The ongoing “Life or Relevance” Conversation.

The ability to almost automatically converse with yourself about the what, where and why you need to learn about something; and to recognise how and when to use the three different types of “internal conversation with yourself” listed above, develops as you become more and more Self-Organised. This is accompanied by the growing ability to decide what learning tools (see Conversational Methods menu) will be most useful and appropriate. Gradually all this develops and begins to fall into place as you really do

  1. Become your own Learning Coach.

This does not prevent you from using our experience to develop your own methods, suited to your own life long developing needs and purposes. Once you are really becoming Self-Organised, you will find yourself getting all the help and support you can muster from other S-O-Lers; but it does mean that you do it for yourself and that group. And you accept full responsibility for what you and/or the group achieve.