We are dynamic

I enjoyed reading Thomas Friedman’s recent NY Times Op Ed Piece:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/opinion/21friedman.html?_r=2

It’s title is “The New Untouchables,” and it describes how there are patterns developing in the recent lay offs because of the economic downturn. Those staying in their jobs are flexible and willing to envision new ways of doing business. They are creative and productive. They aren’t set in single track molds, and they are fine with change.

He goes on to argue that education needs to be part of the recovery, in that we need more “untouchables” in our work force. Education needs to encourage innovation and open-ending thinking. Education needs to become dynamic.

I think about our work with technology, and how it has opened with many petals and facets, but at the center is an appreciation of the individual and his or her interests, efforts and creativity. So, yes, a good technology program is dynamic and changing and challenging. It’s what we’ve been working on for many years.

However, the simple presence of technology doesn’t do much. It’s just a part of a larger change in mindset. Jim Collins was pretty close in saying that technology is only an accelerator– it doesn’t create change, but it can enable it.

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