We need change, we need transformation even more

A recent article I posted on LinkedIn (here) made the point that change is about fixing the past and transformation is about creating the future.  My interest is firmly on creating the future, others, just as intently, are focused on fixing the past.

In my view, we need both.

In the education sector I see curriculum and many aspects of pedagogy falling under the ‘change’ agenda, whereas I see how people engage with each other and how they develop their capacity for meaning making as falling under the ‘transformation’ agenda.

Teaching has become a profession (see here and here) and thus who educators ARE (engagement, growth) matters as much (or even more) as what they DO (curriculum, pedagogy).


Educators need to CHANGE what they do and TRANSFORM who they are so that our education systems can develop young people with the skills and abilities to face up to an uncertain future.

We know that change is hard, we all prefer to stay with what we know, even if we can see a credible pathway to changing the things that need to be changed.

Transformation is even harder (and I will bet that many people seeing this will immediately think “I don’t need to transform who I am”).

That is the challenge.  We do need to transform how we engage with other adults and children and we do need to open ourselves up to higher levels of meaning making.

It is not too far-fetched to say that our future as a species depends on it.


John Corrigan is an expert in helping individuals to bring their whole of mind to their daily life and increase their effectiveness and the effectiveness of those around them. This expertise scales from the individual to the team to the organisation. At the core of this work is the practice of encounter.  Earlier blogs can be found here.

John Corrigan