Who do you turn to when you need to learn something new? The person sitting next to you? Your manager? A former colleague? By developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN), you can expand this list as wide as you like.

On this week’s GoodPractice Podcast, L&D consultant Fiona McBride joins Owen Ferguson and Ross Garner to share her advice and experiences with her PLN.

Fiona’s website is fionamcbride.com.

The book Ross referenced was Bowling Alone, by Robert Putnam, available at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bowling-Alone-Collapse-American-Community/dp/0743203046 

The Brene Brown ‘marble jar’ story is online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6442YcvEUH8 

If you want to talk to a random Swede, dial +46 771 793 336. Details are here: https://www.theswedishnumber.com/ 

The paper Owen discussed was: Whiten, A., Allan, G., Devlin, S., Kseib, N., Raw, N., & McGuigan, N. (2016). Social learning in the real-world:‘over-imitation’occurs in both children and adults unaware of participation in an experiment and independently of social interaction. PloS one11(7), e0159920. Available online at: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0159920  

And the autobiography of David Scott and Alexei Leonov was Two Sides of the Moon, available from: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Sides-Moon-David-Scott/dp/1480449237 

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