Eyeborg camera named one of the 50 best inventions of the year by Time.
Where are you going!? What’s going to be the consequences?!
Modern technology is often blamed for a wide range of learning problems in today’s children. But are modern gadgets themselves at fault, or is it simply the way they are being used that needs to be addressed?
Teacher Meggen calls out, “you want to move on to the iPods?”. A chorus of young voices respond: “Yeah!” Meggen runs a thoroughly modern classroom, integrating technology with tradition. According to professor Nick Lux, “it provides a rich learning experience, that’s more accessible for all the students in a classroom”. It may also be the only way to reach the distracted minds of modern youth.
Hal Gregersen on what makes a successful entrepreneur – “How do I as a leader create a safe space around me so that whatever my cultural environment is, provocative questions surface?”
On fostering entrepreneurship: The data would say about one-third of our creative capacity is DNA. The other two-thirds is the world we grow up in and work in. So there are things I can do to foster it in children.
Young kids ask a thousand questions—because they don’t believe we’re listening. When they conclude that we’ve understood, they’ll stop asking. Listen carefully to those questions. When kids come home, instead of asking them, “What did you learn today?” Ask them, “What questions did you ask today?” or “What questions do you still have to ask today?”
It could be observing, networking and experimenting. Have dinners, have lunches, do things with people who don’t look, think or act like you. One of the biggest gifts we can give our children is the opportunity to live in a different country. That will give them an opportunity to see things differently and create like nobody else can.
Every innovator we interviewed, almost without exception, had adults in their lives who paid attention to these skills when they were growing up, and it made all the difference.
On sparking creativity at companies: Innovative companies are led by innovative chief executives. They spend their time asking provocative questions, observing the world like anthropologists, networking with people who don’t think, act or talk like them. They are willing to experiment and try new things.
You have to live it. When it comes to innovation, it is like hyperspeed in terms of the importance of walking the talk.
When I’m asking somebody else to do that in my organization, and if I’m not doing it myself, that massive disconnect tells people, “I’m not going there. You’re asking me to ask provocative questions but you don’t do it yourself? You’re asking me to spend my time and energy that I could use to deliver results, and you don’t do that? I’m not going there if you don’t go there.”
The rise of face-to-face communication
Toward the end of his talk, Chris speaks to the power of face-to-face communication and presentation. As he says, information often can be taken in faster by reading it. But there is a necessary depth and richness that is often missing. Part of the effectiveness of a presentation is the visual impact and the show and tell aspect of it, but there is more to it than that. “There’s a lot more being transferred than just words. It is in that nonverbal portion that there’s some serious magic. Somewhere hidden in the physical gestures, the vocal cadence, the facial expressions, the eye contact, the passion, and the kind of awkward British body language, the sense of how the audience are reacting…. There are hundreds of subconscious clues that go to how well you will understand and whether you are inspired.”