A Life Changing Innovation From a Kid

Every two years,a  life changing innovation in design are honored at the Index: Awards, the biggest of its kind in the world. FreshPaper, a simple piece of paper designed to extend the shelf life of fresh foods, was among the 2013 winners announced August 29, in Elsinore, Denmark. Kavita Shukla, age 17 at the time, happened upon the […]

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Game Changing Inventions from our Kids

Our collective future is based on our kids being ready to compete in the creative economy.  Looking for some inspiration?  Here are a few game changing inventions that all started with kids asking themselves “why not“. Jake Evill, of the United Kingdom, at twenty-one years old has invented a new lightweight waterproof cast called the Cortex. He […]

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Biennial of the Americas: Innovating Education So Our Kids Can Compete In The Creative Economy

So what is the Biennial?  The Biennial of the Americas is an international festival of ideas, art, and culture hosted in Denver, Colorado, that provides a nonpartisan platform for leaders in business, government, civil society, and the arts to examine the significant issues impacting life in the Americas. This is a quick interview I gave […]

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Personal Creativity Lives in All of Us

We have all heard someone say, “Oh, I am not a creative person at all. I don’t paint, draw, write, or do anything like that.” People tend to think of personal creativity in terms of artistic skills or genetic abilities. But whether that creative spark is a barely-heard whisper or a loud buzz that you simply cannot […]

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How to teach kids to be more creative (video)

    With the transition from the information/knowledge economy to the creative economy, it’s more important than ever to make sure our kids are ready to compete in the workforce. The reality is that the schools are not preparing them so it falls on the community (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) to mentor them. So what […]

US vs China Parents – What skills do children need to be innovative?

During a recent meeting I attended with educators and government officials, I shared my frustration with the “output” of the current educational system.   In my opinion, the system is optimized to produce graduates with deep technical skills and the ability to take tests.  One competency that I see missing in our children is the ability to apply creative […]