The New York Times article “Building a Better Teacher”* describes two different studies of exceptional teachers and what they do that makes them great. One study is by Deborah Ball, Dean of the School of Education at Michigan State University, who created Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT). The second is by Doug Lemov, an educational… Read More Improvisation in Teaching
I recently received this fascinating summary of an upcoming lecture* by Robert Goldstone of Indiana University: Just as ants interact to form elaborate colonies and neurons interact to create structured thought, groups of people interact to create emergent organizations that the individuals may not understand or even perceive. To study the emergence of group behavior… Read More Group Consequences of Individual Strategies
3M is the innovation powerhouse that most people associate with Scotch tape and the Post-It note. They were the first company to give each engineer a specific amount of time off, every week, to invent new things: back in the 1950s, when they called it “15 percent time”–15 percent of every week, each engineer was… Read More Incremental Innovation at 3M
FastCompany magazine has just published its annual list of the 50 most innovative companies. Here are the top ten: 1. Facebook 2 (three-way tie). Amazon, Apple, Google 5. Huawei Technologies (world’s #2 telecom equipment provider) 6. First Solar (largest solar supplier in the U.S.) 7. PG&E (California-based utility) 8. Novartis (Swiss pharma giant) 9. Walmart… Read More The 50 Most Innovative Companies?