Cyclical patterns and unintentional mentors

It's been very interesting spending a bit of time with this man during his stay in our house in London. What's been fascinating is speaking to someone who had almost exactly the same vision as I have held for a new university, 10 years before, and hear about the wrong-turns and patterns that emerged and I recognised... We need more transfer of experience, "failures", and learning so that we don't just cyclically do the same things again and again.