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“Research Insight: Entrepreneurship Education Is About More than Startup Creation”

Originally posted in our December 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Shifting from system-wide changes in schooling, let’s talk about entrepreneurship education specifically. You may have heard us talk about the power of entrepreneurship education beyond business creation. We aren’t alone in our claims, either. For example, in a recent Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast episode from Stanford, researcher Chuck Esley asks three prominent leaders in startup entrepreneurship about some interesting observations.  As Esley and colleague, Yong Suk…

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“Less Schooling, More Learning: A Better Approach Is Hidden in Plain Sight”

Originally posted in our December 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Continuing on the theme of change, we often talk about how learning in the 21st century could be different. More engaging and transformative learning is possible, but many systems seem to be suffering from immunity to change. Jal Mehta, Graduate Professor of Education at Harvard, and his colleague Sarah Fine embarked on a study of the American school system. They hoped to review the practices of…

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“Immunity to Change”

Originally posted in our December 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. 2021 was a year of constant change globally, and many of us found it challenging to keep pace. While work, school, and life continued, many of us felt stuck in patterns of thought and behavior. These patterns might not have aligned with our pre-pandemic goals. What’s more, when we do change our behavior, it isn’t always in a way that makes us feel fulfilled or engaged…

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“A Project of One’s Own”

Originally posted in our November 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we close out our discussion of building entrepreneurial culture, let’s consider one more option for fostering innovation: the side project. In his recent essay, Paul Graham thinks through the beauty of a self-directed project. That is, a project “that you’re doing voluntarily, rather than merely because someone told you to, and…that you’re doing it by yourself.” Graham shares the wealth of positive emotions that come…

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“The ‘idea’ of being an entrepreneur”

Originally posted in our November 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we think more about creating an entrepreneurial culture, we must consider various ways to promote the behavior. For example, in a recent blog from Matt Clancy, we see more evidence that social influence promotes entrepreneurship. In this piece, we see that entrepreneurial co-workers increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial activity in us. And, it is even more likely if we have other things in common such…

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“Ethics Pays”

Originally posted in our October 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. “Is good ethics good for business? Crime and sleazy behavior sometimes pay off handsomely. People would not do such things if they didn’t think they were more profitable than the alternatives.” With topics of climate change, societal inequity, and governance at the forefront of many big thinkers’ minds, we need to talk about the role of ethics in business. This piece suggests that while unethical behavior…

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“What’s the next big idea? Neo-Aristotelianism.”

Originally posted in our October 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Following on from our discussion of virtues and character development, we move into a discussion of ethics. An exciting resurgence of Aristotle’s ethics, Neo-Aristotelianism, provides a deeper understanding of how we develop ethics. Much has been written about Aristotle’s good and virtuous life. And, there is a movement among policymakers, psychologists, and philosophers towards these teachings again. The goal of eudaimonia, or the highest form of…

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“A Framework for Character Education in Schools”

Originally posted in our October 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we think about how we structure our work in established organizations and more autonomous settings, the idea of character often comes to mind. Sometimes seen as a polarizing subject, studies have linked character development to the culture around an individual. Furthermore, if we want individuals and societies to flourish, we need to examine how we intentionally or unintentionally develop characters and virtues in our students.…

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“Why Do We Work Too Much?”

Originally posted in our October 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As the ambiguity of COVID-19 continues to impact our health and our work, it is fitting to reflect on how and why we work the way we do. In this recent New Yorker piece, the author presents us with an interesting trend in the post-industrial economy much of the Western world finds itself in. That is a seemingly infinite amount of opportunity and the cultural shift…

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