We’re writing a Smart Cities book about the findings of this ethnographic survey of innovation diffusion—an expansion the . Boiled down, there are five main conclusions:
- Every person, organization, and region needs to get smart—to skill up, learn more, and build new capacities faster and cheaper than ever;
- Innovative new tools and schools are making that possible everywhere
- Innovation starts with a mindset that can be developed in every classroom and every city
- Innovation is scaled by leaders that develops talent, and align partnerships and investments for collective impact
- Innovation is sustained by advocacy and policy
In September we’ll publish a Smart Cities book. This book will outline the 7 keys to education and employment:
- Innovation Mindset: classroom to city;
- Sustained Leadership: building political capital to create a portfolio of options;
- Talent Development: preparing and developing great teachers, leaders, and edupreneurs;
- Collective Impact: partnerships and community engagements;
- Aligned Investments: public and private investment;
- New Tools & Schools: rationale for new schools, overview of new tools, connecting teachers and technology;
- Advocacy & Policy: pro-growth, pro-achievement, pro-readiness, pro-employability, and pro-innovation.
We appreciate the 50+ thought leaders that have contributed a blog to the effort and we look forward to Smart Cities conversations this fall.