Innovation in the Classroom: Why Education Needs to Be More Innovative

Education is the foundation of our economy. What (and how) we learn in school determines who we become as individuals and our success throughout our lives. It informs how we solve problems, how we work with others, and how we look at the world around us. In today’s innovation economy, education becomes even more important […]

The German Innovation System and Its Challenges

When one thinks of innovative nations, one of the first that comes to mind is Germany. The list of scientific discoveries, inventions, and technologies adapted and improved in Germany is breathtakingly long. The innovations include aspirin, morphine, the modern assault rifle, the smart card, the printing press, coal liquefaction, and much more besides. Innovation is nothing […]

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Help Bring Innovation And Entrepreneurship To Africa

Each year, we select one charity to donate 100% of the author royalties from my book along with 100% of the profits from the sales from our store Innovation.Tools. This year it was Pioneer.Education Africa. Pioneer.Education is building a prototype school in Rwanda to teach innovation and entrepreneurship to students who don’t have access to an education or jobs. […]

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Innovation in America: How Our Education System Hampers Creativity

I outlined it in a previous post: America has an innovation problem. Once regarded as a nation of innovators and entrepreneurial spirits, the United States are on track to fall behind nations like China and Japan on metrics like R&D spending and technology innovation. But the problems with innovation in America begin much earlier, in our […]

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United States Innovation Problem and How We Can Solve It

The United States used to be the undisputed global leader in innovation. In the past, we put a large portion of our considerable economic power behind research and development, with the goal of becoming and remaining the most innovative country in the world. However, in the past few decades, America’s lead in innovation has shrunk, […]

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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 came […]

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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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8 Conditions of Technology Development

I was recently going through some old files and notebooks and came across a paper I wrote during my sophomore year in college (Spring 1980).  The paper was for a course on the history of technology that I titled, Conditions of Technology Development.  The professor, who happened to be the Assistant Dean of the College of […]

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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 […]

Ideas generated in the Killer Innovation workshop on education

On May 6th 2011, 11 people volunteered their time to participate in a Killer Innovations workshop to “Innovate Education”.  The following video shows the “grouping exercise” for the ideas generated during the workshop. On YouTube |  Subscribe in iTunes The major groupings that emerged were: Teacher retirement based on % of student income Re-emphasize 4H, Boy Scouts […]

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