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 […]

3 Actions To Improve Your Creative Thinking

I recently was listening to an audio program by Earl Nightingale. He was making the point that the opposite of bravery is not cowardice; the opposite of bravery is conformity. It was one of those simple statements that struck a nerve especially when thinking about creative thinking. Conformity In my mind, conformity is doing everything […]

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How to Nurture Creativity in Your Kids

Every parent believes their child is special and gifted from the moment they hold their little bundle of joy in their arms marveling at the miracle they created. But as they grow, it’s easy to lose sight of that amazement as everyday tasks take over: eating and sleeping, school, after-school activities, homework. But in order […]

Looking for New Business Ideas? Maybe You Should Ask a Kid

Back in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s there was a daytime television show hosted by a man named Art Linkletter. A very popular segment on that show was entitled; “Kids Say the Darndest Things“. This concept was re-invented in the 1990s as a stand-alone show hosted by comedian Bill Cosby. Both demonstrated that a kid […]

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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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Whats missing to ensure we have a robust community of entrepreneurs?

  Do you agree that entrepreneur’s are artists? I do.  The act of creating something from nothing is art and that’s what entrepreneur’s do everyday.  This holds not only for the process of launching a business but also for the innovations they create. The  drive to innovate is at the heart of the entrepreneur.  Its […]

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 […]

Stupid Wins In The Game Of Innovation

We are a race of innovators – born to use our imagination to create not only solutions to our most pressing problems (polio vaccine) but to also create the fun in our lives (pet rocks). We only have to look as far as our kids so rediscover that fundamental draw to use our imagination to create something out of nothing. Children are naturally superb innovators. They can create the most amazing toys from normal household items. Who would have thought of all the uses for a paper towel roll?