There are many examples in the history of American business that demonstrate how hard it is to replace an iconic leader.
I took a gap year and it actually changed my life. Although, I initially resisted the idea, wanting to stay "on track," I soon realized that this wouldn't "set me back" at all.
If the world comes together on a plan for financing development, the impact on health and development will be enormous.
Why are we only celebrating the "big dogs" as philanthropists? Does it always come down to money?
Bill Gates has been calling for a targeted investment in the sciences and engineering. Steve Jobs recently emphasized the arts and humanities as essential to the success of his company. So is education a PC or Mac?
In short, how do you finance and maintain a bureaucracy that actually has to deal with the nuts and bolts of educating hundreds of thousands of kids when everyone is on their own?
Not that long ago, it seemed Americans had decided, for economic, national security, and environmental reasons, we were going to be enthusiastic participants in the green revolution. But the pendulum has clearly swung in the other direction.
TED is the role model for media companies of the future. Followers pay significant annual membership fees for premium access, underwriting free global online access to most TED content.
The Gates group's approach to educational reform is nearly guaranteed to kill whatever good remnants of teaching and learning remain in America's beleaguered schools.
In two years or less my school district will not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and this in turn will begin the process that honest school reformers want -- the closing of my community's public-school system.
TED's mission -- "leveraging the power of ideas to change the world" -- may have been impossible in the world of 2006. But in the new open connected world, it may just be happening.
There is an underlying assumption that to have an innovation-based entrepreneurial ecosystem, there has to be an "MIT-like" anchor university in the ecosystem (Technion in Israel, Stanford in Silicon Valley, IIT in India).
Being at TED, however, isn't just about the names you know, but rather those you don't -- stars in their own right changing the world.
Who elected Bill Gates and gave him control of a national treasure, our public schools? Would someone please suggest that he return to the corporate world?
For more than 30 years, spending has risen while performance stayed flat. To build a dynamic 21st-century economy and offer every American a high-quality education, we need to flip the curve.
Pay teachers more to teach more students, each of which would get less attention and and a lower quality of education? Talk about paying more for less.