Educating the Founder’s Generation – Part 2 of Silicon Valley for Export

We have the unique opportunity to prioritize social good, not just profits.


This is part two of a two part series. In part one A Wake Up Call: Silicon Valley for Export! we covered the discussion of education and entrepreneurship, and the significant challenges that the World still faces.

Rcapping part one,

I have been fortunate to be exposed during my 30 years of  professional experience to some of the most unique experiences and some of the most transformational moments, but here comes the BIG one!

It all started when the PCs were making mainstage entrance; working for @HP in the late 80s, being exposed to the early Silicon Valley developments of the first wave of pervarsive  digital transformation.

I remember giving workshops to HP employees around the World and teaching them the meaning of a spreadsheet, a word processor, a scanner, a plotter and a mouse that took them far away from the desktop screen as they tried to gain hand-screen coordination!

Then, I was priviledged to have an active role in the creation of the interactive technology industry, the early days of the call center, databases, one to one marketing and channel integration, having worked for EDS, Sitel, Teletech, Peppers and Rogers I gained recognition as one of the pioneers of CRM globally.

The evolution of technology and communication, took me to the convergence of mobile, voice and data through networked environments at Relacom, HP Opencall etc.

Realizing that my spirit was more  apt for unstable, vulnerable, complex, ambiguous, and entrepreneurial environments, even within large corporations, has now becomed a true advantage and a valued asset as it resembles the World that we live in!

Five years ago, I selected #EDTech as my next professional challenge, being part of transforming education with technology is the most impactful space that still remains to be significantly disrupted by technology.

Also in part one:  A new World, A New Approach and But, can Silicon Valley be replicated or exported?

Now for part two:

The Founder Generation

Educating the Founders’s generation is no simple task ( @SuperSnoopyBros ).

I am convinced that companies, academic institutions and governments are realizing that the new digital citizen’s students and consumers require a completely different approach.

The new model for education needs to emphasize the learning journey and not the right system. Needs to merge the scientific mind, with the imaginative mind but not only for a few.

There will not be a right path to anything anymore, it’s the rationale to selecting a path that has to be developed as well as the resilence to change paths permanently for the rest of your life and the ability to assess impact for sustainable development that matter now.

A multidisciplinary and diverse approach to every challenge can be learned in schools if they allow for a flexible learning path, if they are open for diversity and create an environment for permanent innovation and exploration.

Democatric access to data that was previously only available for a few, predicting futures based on that data and selecting areas of human intervention, machine complementarity and risks management has no space under a rigid, closed and supposedly controlled environment.

The new generation of founders are to select the challenges that they deeply care about, then find global collaboration to implement solutions using creativity to do it using the most efficient resources available.

They are to be trained to recognize that when something is easy, its just about to turn really hard.

The BIG Moment

This will be the first generation that counts on more than 50% of the available talent, as for the first time, women will begin to gain their voice and place at the table. Solving global issues does not mean a US + China + India, it means having all regions represented and in balance.

“Bottom up building of society, is the most profound way of building humanity’s future.” @SocialCapital

We have the unique opportunity to prioritize social good, not just profits. Where “it is more important to do something, than to be someone” – Mark Zuckerberg. To tap into a Global pool of talent and to look at issues without borders or biases of religion, sexual preference, gender, or social status. Traditional mindsets will have to open up.

The new threat is to remain closed to what we cannot understand or relate to.

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Fernando Valenzuela
Fernando Valenzuela
Fernando is currently head of Aspen Institute education program in Mexico and Partner at Global Impact Edtech Alliance. He was formerly President McGraw-Hill Education, Latin America. He is a recognized senior executive, entrepreneur, speaker and board level leader with international background. He has founded and led successful enterprises in Latin America for over 25 years. He holds a Degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and an MBA in International Business by the University of Miami. Active member of Wharton Fellows, ENOVA Network of Latin America CEOs, Center for Hemispheric Policy and Council of the Americas, board member at Inroads. He was most recently President at Cengage Learning / National Geographic Learning Latin America and founder of LINNEA, the First Laboratory for Innovation in Learning Experiences in Latin America. There Fernando lead the transformation of the educational models and creating high value learning experiences by engaging students with technology. Website LinkedIn

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