Archive for December 2009

Education, Workforce, Business and Innovation

December 1, 2009

Welcome to Meeder Mind Works – a blog dedicated to discussing how the education sector can better connect to the innovation economy.

I’ll be reflecting on ideas and issues that emerge from my consulting work and government policy background in education and workforce policy, with a primary focus on strengthening the connection between education and high-skilled employment.  Through this blog, I would like to create a space for conversation about the ways business can and should be involved in education.  Where can business add real value and where should the boundaries be between the role of business and the responsibility of educators?

Additionally, I want to look more closely at local programmatic connections. How can business help shape specific career-related programs at the high school, community college and university levels?

And importantly, how are these connections framed so that students emerge into real careers with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to succeed personally in the workforce and also contribute to the economic success in their communities?  As the U.S. economy faces significant upheaval, we absolutely must ensure our education and training resources are well targeted at the core skills foundational to high-value innovation.

Unlike my newsletters of the past, this forum is meant to be a conversation – particularly one in which we share ideas, research findings, and areas for further investigation.

So, beginning in a few days, I’ll post my first item of substance, looking at the concept of the “Innovation Sector” and the “Industrial Commons.”  Please bookmark this site and send it along to your friends and colleagues!

I look forward to embarking on this journey together.

Hans Meeder