.@LydiaBreakfast: what do you think of the wait-&-see approach for a new CEO http://t.co/htnCxQjY. I think it’s smart to start w/ patience & w/ a plan/strategy. Too often we dive into new leadership positions w/no real plan, ready to make changes w/o taking time to assess the environment. There is also nothing wrong with enjoying the transition & having a little fun meeting the new team.
The dons of elite education could batten down the hatches and try to preserve the limited-supply model that has served them well (see: newspapers, record labels, publishing houses). Or, they can choose to embrace the openness and radically democratic accessibility the Internet makes possible.
This morning two of the top universities announced a collaboration that signals they are taking the latter path: MIT and Harvard are each pouring $30 million into a nonprofit partnership edX, which they hope will make the top-notch faculties and courses of their schools available for free to millions of people around the world — free for anyone with an Internet connection. In presenting edX, the initiative’s new president, Anant Agarwal, called the opportunity presented in online education ‘the single biggest change in education since the printing press.’
PORTLAND — I help lead one of America’s cities – Portland, Oregon. It is known for being a well-planned city. It’s not. At least, not as well as we want it to be. And not as well-planned as every American city must be.
When I talk about planning, I’m not just referencing plotting spots on a map where new bikeways will run, or where new business districts will pop up. Instead, I’m talking about how to understand the specific and real human challenges we face, and then how to establish priorities that are shared by community members and government. This is what creates a real playbook to guide future decisions.
“We need plans based less on politics and more on the facts; plans with integrated strategies and a short list of specific measures to provide public accountability for real results. … For example, Portland’s last city plan, developed over 30 years ago, focused on limiting sprawl, urban renewal, light rail (instead of highways), and helping to inspire new business sectors, including clean-tech. As a result, we have lowered total carbon emissions 6 percent while the rest of the U.S. has increased more than 10 percent. And, we’ve done it while growing our population and jobs.”