"The capacity to innovate -- the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life -- and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge."
-- Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
I've been drawn to exploring innovation lately. A recent op-ed by Thomas Friedman caught my eye this week. Although the article as written is talking about training young people to prepare to work in the emerging economy, I found nearly every section of the article was equally relevant to experience professionals who are drawn to dedicate their expertise to the issues of our time.
Are You Innovation Ready? Check out my article below to find out.
In his recent op-ed piece, Need a Job? Invent It, Thomas Friedman highlighted how education must change to prepare young people to work in the emerging economic landscape.
Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist and author of "Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World," is quoted as saying: "Which is why the goal of education today, argues Wagner, should not be to make every child "college ready " but innovation ready" -- ready to add value to whatever they do."
As I read the article I realized that these concepts aren't just relevant to students; they are relevant to experienced professionals navigating your own career journey.
What Is Innovation Ready?
Wagner continued with this statement about being Innovation Ready: "Today, because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate -- the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life -- and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge."
In another part of the article, Wagner mentions "Every young person will continue to need basic knowledge, of course," he said. "But they will need skills and motivation even more. Of these three education goals, motivation is the most critical. Young people who are intrinsically motivated -- curious, persistent, and willing to take risks -- will learn new knowledge and skills continuously. They will be able to find new opportunities or create their own -- a disposition that will be increasingly important as many traditional careers disappear."
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