Issue 82 - 01 | Little Bets: Think Differently

By Peter Sims
Published May 4, 2011 10:00 a.m.
“Our education system places great emphasis on teaching us about facts that are already known, such as historical information or scientific tables, and then testing us in order to measure how much we’ve retained about that body of knowledge.

Those skills work perfectly well for many situations, but not when doing something new. Or creative. Or original. They certainly won’t help us invent the future.

As education and creativity researcher and author Sir Ken Robinson puts it, 'We are educating people out of their creativity.'

But it’s still there. And unleashing our creativity, however deeply it’s hidden, begins with little bets.”

About Peter Sims | Peter Sims is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He was the coauthor with Bill George of True North, the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-selling book. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Tech Crunch, and Fortune and he is a contributor to the Reuters, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review blogs. He received an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School where he and several classmates established a popular course on leadership and has had a long collaboration with faculty at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the He frequently speaks or advises at corporations, associations,

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