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Create or Die

This incredibly bold statement is the title of Andrés Oppenheimer's new book about the hope of Latin America and the 5 keys of innovation. It's actually Crear o Morir because it's written in Spanish. Oppenheimer asks why the United States produced Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and countless other grand innovators, instead of any… Continue reading Create or Die

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How I Innovate: The Interdisciplinary Eureka!

Ever heard the story of the man who his invented Eureka? Here’s a quick overview: Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC) was a Greekmathematician, physicist,  engineer,  inventor, and astronomer.    King Hieron II of Syracuse in Sicily was worried  that a jeweller had stolen some of the gold from a crown.  The king needed a way… Continue reading How I Innovate: The Interdisciplinary Eureka!

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Innovation Incubator: Epicenter

Standford University's National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation seeks to teach engineering students how to innovate for social good. From the website: Our Mission is to empower U.S. undergraduate engineering students to bring their ideas to life for the benefit of our economy and society. Partial funding comes from the National Science Foundation and the partners… Continue reading Innovation Incubator: Epicenter

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How I Innovate: Google EdTech

Google, google everywhere, but not an app to sync! Okay couldn’t resist making an Ancient Mariner allusion, but to be honest that’s how it feels sometimes. There’s so much education technology out there, but how do we actually start integrating it in our classroom?  What works and what is just “so cool” hype? Here’s a… Continue reading How I Innovate: Google EdTech

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How I Innovate: The Gap Year Gap

Want a project-based interdisciplinary education that will help you develop 21st century skills? Try a gap year. As a recent NPR story by Kirk Carapezza reports: The idea of a gap here, postponing the start of college, has become a bit more common in the U.S. and a handful of colleges and universities are now… Continue reading How I Innovate: The Gap Year Gap

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How I Innovate: Draw

When was the last time you picked up a pencil and sketched out an idea or analyzed a problem visually? We know that drawing engages a different part of the brain -- why don't we do it more often? Tim Brown posted on LinkedIn: To draw an idea accurately, certain decisions must be made that… Continue reading How I Innovate: Draw

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How I Innovate: Invite Stress In

Happy St. Valentine's Day! Hopefully you're able to celebrate the ones you love (including yourself) today. As we head into the weekend, take some time to consider innovator Kelly McGonigal's short talk in the video below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGyVTAoXEU Two key takeaways that relate to innovation: 1) Stay open to the possibility that you are wrong. Completely,… Continue reading How I Innovate: Invite Stress In

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Take Time to Innovate

Happy Friday!  As we kick-off the weekend take some time to think about how you use your time. That sentiment usually means asking yourself "am I using my time productively?"  We think of our goal as maximizing the use of every minute of every day.  The question I have on this Friday though is this: Is… Continue reading Take Time to Innovate

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How I Innovate: Iterative Failure

So what can education learn from the iterative failure philosophy of the lean start-up movement?  The answer is a lot. Take Summit Prep for an example.  They use a system called Minimum Viable Product (or MVP for short) is a system where they get the educational product to students as soon as possible (for Summit… Continue reading How I Innovate: Iterative Failure

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Innovation Incubator: TED Fellows

Hopefully you've heard of and watched a few TED talks. TED conferences started in 1984, bringing people together from Technology, Entertainment and Design. It has since expanded to include thought leaders from many more industries who have "ideas worth spreading". In fact, the most popular talk of all time is about education by Sir Ken… Continue reading Innovation Incubator: TED Fellows