Innovation in Education: What’s Old and What’s New

The world our kids will need to compete in is radically different from the world ten years ago. The old adage about education that “what was good enough for you when you were a kid is good enough for today” gives comfort and justification that everything is fine. Everything is not fine. Our schools are […]

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The Best Creative Thinking Tool You Probably Haven’t Tried

I’m sure you’ve met a humorless person before. They’re those people that take everything far too seriously and never find humor in life or other people. If you want to be creative, then it’s important to learn how to laugh at yourself and not take things so seriously all the time! But if you meet […]

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The False Theory of Idea Scarcity

one idea out of many

“The world has a limited amount of resources.” While there are many resources that are finite, some believe there is a finite number of ideas. But, in reality, this theory of idea scarcity is a myth. When an idea creates the spark that leads to something new being created, it takes the place of something […]

The One Thing That Will Kill An Innovation And What You Can Do To Avoid It

How not to repeat the mistakes that led to Theranos and Enron.

When most innovators pitch what they think is the next brilliant innovation, I’m shocked by how many of the innovators will make what sound like extreme claims without taking take the time to fact-check.  While fact-checking is most commonly applied to journalism. There have been many public reveals where a newspaper or magazine failed to […]

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The Power of Human Ingenuity

How can you talk if you haven't got a brain? asked Dorothy. I don't know, replied Scarecrow, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking. Quote from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

“What are you going to do about it?” My grandmother was chastising me for whining about how life wasn’t fair – or some other perceived injustice. What could I do about it! I was only a kid. It’s someone else’s job to fix it! Or at least I thought so.  Instead of letting me pass […]

An Ethics Crisis in 2020 – Here Is To A Better 2021

Ethical Research - Do What Is Right Not What is Easy

Given the esteem and trust we grant scientists and innovators, how could this happen?  How could research fraud, falsified data, and unproven conclusions result in 1,800 papers in leading journals and peer review articles being retracted in 2020? And this is not an anomaly. [1] Two decades ago, journals were retracting roughly 40 papers per […]

I Have a Question…

Toddler with never-ending questions

“Dad – what’s that?” My daughter, 4 or 5, was in her car seat as we were running errands. She grew impatient with my delay in answering her question. “That!” she said as she pointed out her window at the curb.  “It’s called a curb,” I explained. “What’s it made of?” “Cement.” “What’s cement?” I […]

Never Forget 9-11 Memories of Charles Falkenberg

Pentagon Crash on 9/11

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know it is my policy to avoid mentioning companies and specific individuals … this is a special case – I want you to know Charles Falkenberg. Charles was the Director of Research (CTO) for ECOLogic – a small company based in Washington DC where I […]

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