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The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty

Global poverty is one of the world’s most vexing problems. For decades, we’ve assumed smart, well-intentioned people will eventually be able to change the economic trajectory of poor countries. From education to healthcare, infrastructure to eradicating corruption, too many solutions rely on trial and error. Essentially, the plan is often to identify areas that need help, flood them with resources, and hope to see change over time. But hope is not an effective strategy. Clayton…

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Caine’s Arcade

9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store. The entire summer went by, and he never had a single customer. But Caine didn’t give up. Then, on the last day of summer, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in by chance to buy an auto part for his car. Caine asked Nirvan to play, and, well, watch Caine’s Arcade and Caine’s Arcade 2 to see what happened next…

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What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

Israeli Historian and Author of “Sapiens” Yuval Noah Harari discusses how the accelerated pace of change of artificial intelligence and automation will impact the future of work, education, democracy, and even morality. What is next for humanity? Read the full article here.  

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Everyone a Changemaker

According to The New York Times, the challenge of our time is to make people changemakers – individuals who see problems and organize responses to solve them. And, making agency a universal quality in people will provide them with some sense of control in their lives. Read the article here.

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World Economic Forum: What are the 21st Century Skills Every Student Needs?

The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology. Today’s job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this…

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: Now Everyone’s an Entrepreneur

Colleges are teaching undergraduates how to be self-starters. But what does that really mean? Colleges are turning to entrepreneurship education to produce work-ready graduates and next-generation innovators through experiential learning… Read the article here.

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How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

by Julie Lythcott-Haims In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing…

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Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

by William R. Miller This bestselling work for professionals and students is the authoritative presentation of motivational interviewing (MI), the powerful approach to facilitating change. The book elucidates the four processes of MI–engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning–and vividly demonstrates what they look like in action. A wealth of vignettes and interview examples illustrate the “dos and don’ts” of successful implementation in diverse contexts. Buy the book here.

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Tony Wagner’s Transforming Education Blog

TONY WAGNER currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute. Tony’s previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and six books including Most…

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