On February 26 I will be speaking at the FIU Honors College Colloquim. The Honors College has been very supportive of my teaching and the event is mandatory attendance for 800 students. I am going to talk on OLPC and entrepreneurship and cover three topics.
- Individual empowerment
The MIT Media Lab theme "do the impossible" has prompted a lot of my reading on thinking and more precisely on how great ideas come about. In other words why do some researchers make trivial contributions and others expand human knowledge. Interesting that a lot of geniuses have written on thinking, such as Plato, Cezanne and Einstein.
I am more and more convinced that design theory and processes provide many great tools and techniques for entrepreneurship. Debbie Millman's "How to Think Like a Great Designer" has some useful ideas. Design Mind is an excellent blog by Frog Design on the subject.
Individual empowerment should be the objective of every social venture. To achieve individual empowerment one needs education, social inclusion and information. Please write to President Obama and tell him that we need to focus on education and social inclusion and the people will foster entrepreneurship (and new job growth). We do not need government programs for job creation. Remember individual empowerment.
Two quotes from the speech:
"Designers have the ability and the training to harness the tacit knowledge of the unconscious mind, rather than being limited to working with explicit knowledge.”
[Creativity and genius] "depends on an unfiltered view of the world, one that is unconstrained by preconceptions and more open to novelty."
Ingrid Wickelgren Scientific American