Collaboratory

Hong Kong PolyU's 50+20 Collaboratory, Conference and Benches

Riding up the elevator of the brand new building of the Design Faculty at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University sets the stage: …4th floor Collaboratory …8th floor Innovation Think Tank… I haven’t seen the use of “Collaboratory” formally used to designate an entire floor of a building! We must be in the right space! Clearly Cees de Bont from […]

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Resetting managerial mindsets

An international management masters program utilises a unique approach structured around five managerial mindsets (reflective, analytical, worldly, collaborative, action). The program breaks away from the traditional lecture format where the professor is considered the expert in the room, focusing instead on sessions that are designed to involve all participants, enabling them to transfer knowledge with […]

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Supercharging knowledge transfer with technology

The degree of innovation in technologies that enables the creation, transmission, distribution, deployment, application and use of education is rapidly expanding. In January 2012 one of the largest global textbook publishers announced a partnership that plans to offer more data-driven and individualized courses, utilizing technology to enable personalised learning that reduces the need for a middle-man, […]

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An alliance that transverses disciplines

A French alliance between schools of Art, Technology and Management contributes to the development of innovative management and to the training of professional managers who can evolve in a complex and dynamic environment. This will encourage and teach the next generation of leaders and creators to pursue new and interdisciplinary knowledge that they can use to build a more responsible and sustainable world. To achieve this goal, the three schools use various pedagogical methods including shared courses, projects, workshops, joint training groups and joint degrees.

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Developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria

A Development Centre in Nigeria offers business development assistance, web based resources and customized training programs to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in that country. Recently the Centre implemented a national Business Planning Competition for entrepreneurs which received more than 24, 000 entries. They are also actively collaborating with other similar centres and openly share their business model to encourage and stimulate similar initiatives. At least 10% of their Alumni base are either Social Entrepreneurs or operate in the Social Sector Space.

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Ordinary People can do extraordinary things

An Indian NGO provides services and solutions to problems in rural communities, aiming to make them self-sufficient and sustainable. Its philosophy is deeply rooted in Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas of spirit of service and thoughts on sustainability. Gandhi believed that knowledge, skills and wisdom found in villages should be used for its development, before skills are brought in from outside. This has been applied from the outset: the college itself was designed and built not by urban architects and contractors, but by the locals, who had ample experience of building their own houses.

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Biosphere reserves as a global business school prototype

UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves is, in effect, an example of the new style of business school. Its aim is to encourage sustainable development, and to do this it practices action oriented learning. This shared vision of sustainable development practices is creating an ever-evolving global campus for learning about how to develop human social and economic practices in order to increase levels of sustainability. Individually and collectively, biosphere reserves are one of the most powerful emerging business schools for creating a prosperous global future.

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