Toying With Tech: The Consequences of Playing Blindly

Since the mid-nineties, we’ve been told that the “new information economy” would give way to vast gains in productivity. If we simply implemented more enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software – along with a slew of other systems – our companies, public services, cities, and infrastructure would be smarter and more…

Natalie Ebel on the Future of Education

Natalie Ebel envisions a future where all children will have equal access to basic education. She’s the Director of Marketing at Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit providing quality education in developing countries. Natalie believes that educating women will have a significant impact on the world’s economy, increasing the annual per capita GDP by 25%. For…

Women and Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the umbrella term used to describe a healthcare approach that incorporates a wide range of health modalities – including Ayurveda, manual therapies, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, anthroposophic medicine, herbal supplements, chiropractic, yoga, and holistic nutrition – into conventional biomedicine. Integrative medicine as a field arises from the frustrations of physicians who feel they…

Taking the Scenic Route to Success

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”– Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed During…

Around the World in Eight Semesters

What does it take to reset the higher education brand? That’s a question best reserved for a man like Ben Nelson. As the founder of Minerva, a post-secondary education institution devoid of a campus and live professors in its lecture halls, Nelson is determined to provide a left-of-field answer. Minerva positions itself through a highly innovative approach to higher…

The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree

Why a Liberal Arts Degree Might Get You a Job Sooner Than You Think Students interested in studying the liberal arts are often discouraged from doing so by parents, friends, partners – and even the U.S. President. Although Barack Obama later apologized for mocking the arts, in early 2014 he commented in a speech (during…

Career Insight: Experience vs. Education

Finding just the right mix of employees is one of the toughest and most crucial parts of running a successful business. We worry about cultural fit and previous experience in a similar field. We rate each applicant against one another. We look for the best of the best and use the typical markers of success…

MOOCs: The Breakthrough in Education?

In 2012, MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, gained widespread attention and seemed the inevitable future of education. Indeed, 2012 was dubbed the year of the MOOC by The New York Times. That year saw the launch of several for-profit and not-for-profit ventures, including Udacity, Coursera, and EdX, all of which offered courses online. These…

Dodging the Higher Education Crisis

Dodging the Higher Education Crisis: College Tuition, Student Loans, and How Course Hybridization Can Help Nine out of ten American high school seniors wish to go to college, with nearly two-thirds enrolled upon graduation. The demand for a college degree is both a cultural norm and a baseline for survival in today's job market, since…

Rethinking University Education

It’s commonplace these days to hear the story of the young, bright, recent liberal arts university graduate who simply cannot find a job – let alone a good job – in her field of study. A 2012 study by Georgetown University found unemployment rates are higher among liberal arts graduates than graduates from business, engineering,…