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Startups and the “great reset”

Richard Florida channels Joseph Schumpeter in arguing that times of crisis foster creativity. Schumpeter argued that creativity requires destruction. Can fields of training, development, and education benefit from waves of creativity unleashed during economic “resets”? I think so. Current innovation in learning technology has focused on digitally duplicating the functionality of previous training/learning activities. Hence the learning management system. As Paul A. David has stated, technological innovations trail in adoption based on the ability of an existing system to transform itself in accordance with the affordances offered by these innovations. Outside of a few developments around personal learning environments and networks, most learning technology carries the mindset of physical classrooms…


  1. Chrissy wrote:

    I’m not sure destruction is necessary for creativity, but it certainly goes a long way to spur it on. It’s much easier to feel a drive to come up with new ways of doing things when the old ones aren’t working.

    I also wanted to let you know that we (National Education Foundation/CyberLearning) listed you on our blog roll at our blog (see website link). Please take a look if you get a chance! Links back are always appreciated, but of course not necessary. Forgive me if there was a better place to put this piece, but I didn’t see any contact information listed.

    Monday, May 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  2. Kim Brown wrote:

    It is our responsibility as educators to continuously look for creative ways to provide learning opportunites to others. With that said, during a time of “economic reset” we need to find way to educate in a more efficient and effective manner. Most companies are facing reductions in their workforce. When this happens, the amount of time dedicated to training is usually reduced as well. Instead of allowing this to happen, we need to find ways to train employees without interfering with production demands. Showing a return on investment in having a skilled, educated workforce is essential in making this happen.

    Kim Brown

    Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 7:37 am | Permalink
  3. Absolutely the “reset” can have long-term benefits. However, when you have an economic crisis brought on solely by irresponsible government actions…i.e. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Stimulus, and additional health care costs for employers in close succession, the benefits will be greatly delayed due to reduced infusion of venture capital and the best minds holding onto their current jobs until they have a more positive risk/reward scenerio.

    We should not turn to government for creativity and innovation….ever. They have a poor track record.

    Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink