05 January 2008

Inspiring Greatness in a New Generation

Earlier today I was brainstorming with Chris Resto, founding director of UPOP at MIT and co-author of Recruit or Die, about the new MIT Gordon Engineering Leadership Program. The fundamental goal of that program, as I see it, is to enable and empower every graduating student to go on to found, build, and lead the organizations which will solve the planet's most pressing problems -- social, technical, political, economic, ecological, etc.

Towards accomplishing this huge goal, Chris and I revisited some powerful and practical ideas about educating and inspiring students, including three especially: Brad Feld's ADPrentice initiative, Woodie Flowers MIT Tech Day talk on A Liberal Education for the 21st Century, and Edwin Land's Generation of Greatness talk at MIT in 1957.

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