May 6th, 2013
In my last column here I wrote that I had the pleasure of seeing Health City on a recent trip to Grand Cayman Island. This is the first hospital in the Western Hemisphere for the great Dr. Devi Shetty, his team and partners. When completed in 2014, Health City not only will be a lower cost alternative for patients needing heart, cancer and eye surgery in North and South America, it will make clear how over priced and inefficient hospitals in the US really are.
Health City is a vision of Dr. Devi Shetty and is being …
March 28th, 2013
Guest Columnist: Jeff Cobb
Did you know that 65 percent of the U.S. workforce of 2020 – a date to which so much planning about the future tends to be pegged – is already outside the reach of our elementary and secondary education schools?
Did you also know that for the slice of that 65 percent lucky enough to earn a college degree, the shelf life of that degree is only about five years?
There is a lot of passionate debate these days – and rightly so – about improving our K-12 and higher education systems, but even as these debates rage, the …
March 21st, 2013
More than four years ago, in early 2009, I published a column saying that the great recession we had just entered would be a green recession. In February 2009, in a column titled “This Great Recession is Actually Green” I wrote:
“The view here is that when the U.S. does emerge from this recession in 2010-11 it will be a greener country with a new vision actually taking root in the realm of alternative and renewable energy. It will prove to be true that this recession will change habits, stop rampant consumerism, increase conservation and provoke investment in renewable and alternative …
January 1st, 2013
Since the beginning of the Transformation Decade in 2010, I have been saying that education at all levels will undergo transformation by 2020. The book I wrote with Jeff Cobb, “Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12”, published in early 2011, called for nothing less than transformation. Reform is an outdated word and is now not enough to make the necessary changes in American education.
Last week I wrote a guest column for CNN.com titled “Predictions for the Next Decade of Education”. It provoked a number of responses to my inbox and many on-line as …