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Need a Job? Invent It & Learn from Finland

Need a Job? Invent It & Learn from Finland | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.”


We need lab schools where students earn a high school diploma by completing a series of skill-based ‘merit badges’ in things like entrepreneurship. And schools of education where all new teachers have ‘residencies’ with master teachers and performance standards — not content standards — must become the new normal throughout the system.”


Who is doing it right?


“Finland is one of the most innovative economies in the world,” he said, “and it is the only country where students leave high school ‘innovation-ready.’  They learn concepts and creativity more than facts, and have a choice of many electives — all with a shorter school day, little homework, and almost no testing.

[In the US, look at the] growing number of ‘reinvented’ colleges like the Olin College of Engineering, the M.I.T. Media Lab and the ‘D-school’ at Stanford where students learn to innovate.”

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The new economy is not about corporate jobs.  Haven't we seen that coming?  ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 21, 2013 4:50 PM

Thomas Friedman is giving us perspective on what's here now and what's coming.  Solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs, the power of the network is becoming core to work in the new economy.   Hiding away in corporate job structures has been vaporizing, more quickly than the almost overnight shift from big cars to smaller ones in the 70s.  Are you ready?  Are your kids ready?  ~  Deb

 

Dominik Bláha's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:45 PM

Yes!

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Innovation, USAID and Smart Partnerships & Investments in Developing Countries

Innovation, USAID and Smart Partnerships & Investments in Developing Countries | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Companies are moving from corporate social responsibility to seeing these partnerships as Profit and Loss investments, with a huge potential for business growth.


Maura O'Neill, is the Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).  She highlights several ways that USAID fosters international innovation & development in poorer countries, in a way that all can benefit.


Maura O’Neill:


USAID pioneered innovations in development including:

  • the green revolution and oral rehydration therapy, saving millions of lives globally
  • pioneering mobile money in Afghanistan and Haiti, enabling their citizens to use their phones to send and receive money, purchase goods, pay bills, or run businesses helping transform their national economies
Trends:
  • Smart partnerships are emerging between companies, governments, and philanthropists with a huge potential for business growth in the developing world
  • companies have moved from corporate social responsibility to increasingly seeing these partnerships as Profit and Loss investments.

Sustainability:

  • Partnering  “mashes up” USAID deep development expertise with the private sector to help make development strides permanent. 
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