In yesterday’s New York Times, op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman had a piece entitled, “Need a Job? Invent It“. It was a spot-on assertion that in a world where virtually any fact or piece of information is available online, ”the capacity to innovate…and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge.” Read more
Posts from the ‘Scholarship’ Category
It’s easy to push it off. You can always do it tomorrow, next week, next year, next business.
You have more important things to do right now. Fires are burning, people are waiting for your response, the to-do list keeps growing.
Hey, there’s never a good time for it. But it’s what separates the best from the rest. And here’s why the best keep learning. Read more
One of the greatest models of anything I’ve seen in my life is that of the International Baccalaureate‘s (IB) “learner profile”.
For those who may not be education geeks, the IB is an organization that helps “develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.” It pursues this mission by partnering with schools around the world which deliver the IB’s challenging educational programs and curricula. Read more
There are a lot of similarities between mentoring and coaching. When done well, both result in self-discovery and learning for not only the recipient but also the provider. Both are long-term in nature and development-oriented. In both cases, the parties involved have “gotta wanna”: the provider must want to coach or mentor, and the recipient must want to be coached or mentored.
But what are the differences? Read more
Last night, Erin Hopmann of Dabble spoke in my Lean Startup Lab class at DePaul. Dabble is a web site that connects adult learners with classes of all sorts (fencing, beer brewing, knitting, etc.), starting at only $20. It’s an attractive value proposition for anyone who has the desire to learn about new things and meet new people, and is obviously an attractive marketing tactic for many businesses. Read more
I’m pleased to announce the launch of The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a new school that develops leadership capabilities, emotional intelligence (EI), and management skills of startup founders.
Over the past couple years, I’ve slowly adopted the “flipped classroom“, moving away from using class time to present content and using homework for application of that content. I’ve incorporated video lectures, blogging, discussion forums, working on the startup and other pedagogies for students to learn content outside of class. Then, in class, we spend the time almost purely for interaction, activities, and exercises so students can extend the learning and learn from one another. Read more
Second in a series of posts on the state of entrepreneurship education.
OK, here’s the data from 2011:
- The number of startups in the U.S. was about 800,000.
- The number of angel investment deals was slightly over 66,000, roughly 8.25% of that.
- Approximately 4,000 venture capital deals were done, about one-half of one percent of the total.