Innosight Institute Renamed for Harvard Business School luminary

By Betsy Corcoran     Mar 20, 2013

Innosight Institute Renamed for Harvard Business School luminary

Thenonprofit Innosight Institute celebrated its fifth anniversary late last weekwith a star-studded bash held at the Mountain View based Computer Museum. Headliningthe evening was a panel that included Harvard Business School luminary, ClaytonChristensen, teacher-of-the-world Sal Khan, and Scott Cook, founder of Intuit.

TheInstitute had news, too: it is rechristening itself the "ClaytonChristensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation." Christensen offered this charming quip at the end of theevening:  "I feel so sorry foranyone who isn't Clayton Christensen" presumably because of all theinteresting experiences and smart folks he knows.

Allthe panelists were chock full of thoughtful points. For instance, Christensennoted that "If you don't frame the problem correctly the probability ofgetting an answer is small." Khan talked about how he originally thoughtYouTube was just for sharing cat pictures. When he began sharing videos withhis cousins on how to solve their math problems, however, Khan discovered thetechnology was "just good enough" to let him try sharing his"lessons" with teens.

"I'mnot as hard on American education as the press has it," Khan said."No country has as large and diverse population," he noted. Comparingthe US to Finland or other such countries "is not a fair comparison,"he said. "It's not about what's wrong with the American systems but howcan we make the rest-of-the-world more American."

"Thefuture I'd like to see: one where students are achieving competency-basedlearning," where students go to class not just because they have to butbecause they want to achieve mastery," Khan added. (He also noted that"next year" there will be Khan Academy translated into every majorlanguage.")   

Disruptionis hard work, Christensen pointed out. "The leaders of corporate [giants]didn't stumble because they weren't smart," he said. Broken frameworks lead us astray: when "...what wethink is right is wrong or because what we think is wrong is insteadright." Particularly in a world built around achievement, people tend todo those things that help them achieve--even when they realize the toll ittakes on their personal relationships.  

Christensen urged those attending the dinner to keep their eye focused on the bigissues, including how to build constructive supportive relationships with thepeople in their life.

Innosight Institute Renamed for Harvard Business School luminary

By Betsy Corcoran     Mar 20, 2013

Innosight Institute Renamed for Harvard Business School luminary

Thenonprofit Innosight Institute celebrated its fifth anniversary late last weekwith a star-studded bash held at the Mountain View based Computer Museum. Headliningthe evening was a panel that included Harvard Business School luminary, ClaytonChristensen, teacher-of-the-world Sal Khan, and Scott Cook, founder of Intuit.

TheInstitute had news, too: it is rechristening itself the "ClaytonChristensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation." Christensen offered this charming quip at the end of theevening:  "I feel so sorry foranyone who isn't Clayton Christensen" presumably because of all theinteresting experiences and smart folks he knows.

Allthe panelists were chock full of thoughtful points. For instance, Christensennoted that "If you don't frame the problem correctly the probability ofgetting an answer is small." Khan talked about how he originally thoughtYouTube was just for sharing cat pictures. When he began sharing videos withhis cousins on how to solve their math problems, however, Khan discovered thetechnology was "just good enough" to let him try sharing his"lessons" with teens.

"I'mnot as hard on American education as the press has it," Khan said."No country has as large and diverse population," he noted. Comparingthe US to Finland or other such countries "is not a fair comparison,"he said. "It's not about what's wrong with the American systems but howcan we make the rest-of-the-world more American."

"Thefuture I'd like to see: one where students are achieving competency-basedlearning," where students go to class not just because they have to butbecause they want to achieve mastery," Khan added. (He also noted that"next year" there will be Khan Academy translated into every majorlanguage.")   

Disruptionis hard work, Christensen pointed out. "The leaders of corporate [giants]didn't stumble because they weren't smart," he said. Broken frameworks lead us astray: when "...what wethink is right is wrong or because what we think is wrong is insteadright." Particularly in a world built around achievement, people tend todo those things that help them achieve--even when they realize the toll ittakes on their personal relationships.  

Christensen urged those attending the dinner to keep their eye focused on the bigissues, including how to build constructive supportive relationships with thepeople in their life.

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