Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Eric Schmidt’s view on the future of business

An interesting interview with Google's CEO Eric Schmidt in the McKinsey Quarterly on the future of business. According to Eric Schmidt: 

Innovation always has been driven by a person or a small team that has the luxury of thinking of a new idea and pursuing it. There are no counter examples. It was true 100 years ago and it'll be true for the next 100 years. Innovation is something that comes when you're not under the gun ... The creative parts of one's mind are not on schedule.

That's also true in learning. Current learning models are innovation killers. They destroy the learner's capacity to reflect and innovate. There is an urgent need for new learning models that foster innovation. A fundamental shift is required toward a more personalized, open, dynamic, emergent and knowledge-pull model for learning, as opposed to the one-size-fits-all, centralized, static, top-down, and knowledge-push models of traditional learning models. 

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