In a return of reader-suggested stories – keep them coming! – we explore an specific example of how “some moats are harder to cross” using a Financial Times story on Elsevier, RELX Group’s scientific journal publishing unit. According to the FT, it is “the business the Internet couldn’t kill”.
David Brooks ponders the merits of two apparently antagonistic Educational approaches and tries to establish what it take to form a “wise” person.
CNBC has a very interesting series of articles and videos on what they call the CNBC Disruptor 50, a list of 50 “disruptors” in several industries, including Healthcare, Travel, Transport, Retail, IT, Financial Services and others. Any disruptors creeping up on your portfolio companies yet?
I’ve just read a Forbes cover article on “Reeducating Education” that highlights bold new ideas in Education, starting with the Khan Academy – a subject of previous posts here. The biggest merit I see in this initiative is in the accountability and analytics it provides. We are a long way from knowing if the approach really “works” (what does “work” mean? For whom? At every stage in the student’s life? etc.), but better to try this than stand idly by.
Education is a huge topic for me, especially now that a few HBS classmates and I are looking for ways to do charitable projects in the area. Taken together, the 3 articles in here paint a very interesting picture of the power of incentives in education, parenting, living in society, coping with expectations and prejudices and so on. And if it seems “soft”, “fluffy” and off-topic, try changing “education, parenting and living in society” for “preparedness, leadership/motivation and networking” for your business life.
DLD 2012 has started today in Munich and runs until Jan. 24th. In it, people as diverse as Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, the Dyson family and Hiroshi Mikitani share their views on what matters to them. The themes are varied and the program is packed with interesting talks and panels. In the age of multi-disciplinary events, this is one of the best.
We present updates on two story lines we’ve published this year: Salman Khan’s very promising education initiatives deserve a large story at Wired, and George Soros’ departure was discussed further on Bloomberg and the Financial Times.
Reading an article about an interesting Education business had us thinking of regulation and, primarily, goals for Education. The current debate about Public Education in the US focuses on adjustments/ improvements to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which is all about accountability. In a separate story, Tom Friedman reminds us that the top-notch jobs of the future may require skill-sets (and individual attitude) that current education models may simply be unable to provide. But when you’re a Brazilian public education student and the debate isn’t even close to scratching the surface of the “accountability” trend, it’s definitely a scary future.
The Financial Times had a very interesting article about the differences between Chinese and Brazilian business cultures – and why it’s important that Brazilians learn about the other side, quickly. Also, Brazilian magazine Veja had a special on Amazon.com finally entering Brazil, initially via the book market. That they plan on doing so stimulating e-books for Kindle reveals challenges and opportunities for local publishers.
BigThink.com has two interesting videos on Education. We’ve written before about the future/ quality of Education, and Salman Khan is the subject of the first video, a much shorter version of the TED speech we posted before. From the first video we navigated to another one, this time with Harvard’s Louis Menand. Customization/data analytics coming to Education is great news.