How to succeed in a global society: Transdisciplinary learning


You can’t succeed in a global society in isolation. You need to understand the world around you. You need to understand how it works before you can make sense of it. We’ve seen that in the realm of business. Now, it’s time for the rest of us to take transdisciplinary learning seriously.

Transdisciplinary learning is a paradigm in which you learn multiple interpretive ways of understanding and evaluating reality. This is how we can succeed in a global society.

Transdisciplinary learning and the global society

The ability to follow these ideas through from their implementation to their integration into the larger world around us is imperative to success today. 

Learning across disciplines

Every class in college includes multiple disciplines. But in some ways, there are almost too many disciplines to handle all of the different ways of thinking we’ll need to do our jobs in the future. But we do. Schools have more than just two or three disciplines. It’s not just arts and sciences. We study computers and engineering, of course, but the real world doesn’t work like that. We learn how to work with all the systems in the world. We have to understand how those systems work. We have to be able to understand those systems from the top down. We need to understand how humans work. We need to understand how cars work. We need to understand how factories work. As a result, we learn multiple disciplines. We learn things from different contexts.

Learning across institutions

Transdisciplinary learning will enable us to grasp the interconnectedness of what it means to be human in a global society. Educators have the power to turn society’s challenges into opportunities, but they must be empowered to get beyond the standard delivery of a narrow range of subjects. Learning within and across fields is key. It allows us to draw on the best of each discipline while combining the insights of others. Traditional education has proved useless for this because the teaching of traditional disciplines is frequently carried out in isolation from each other. 

Learning across borders

By taking transdisciplinary learning seriously, it will help you get a full picture of the world and apply that to how you navigate a global environment. With greater access to the internet, education can now be global and cross many borders. A good place to start would be an online language emersion course. 


Our world’s future depends on each and every one of us. You still have the power to change your life and make a difference. But how? By joining thousands of like-minded individuals who are passionate about creating a better world and a brighter future. I hope this article gave you a new perspective on the incredible possibilities of transdisciplinary learning. I really believe in this approach.

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