Development Reimagined Speaker Series
“Why do we go to School? Leadership thinking and Problem-Solving"
with Lindy Elkins-Tanton, PhD
Interplanetary Initiative, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Join us for the second talk in the Development Reimagined series, focused on the theme of disrupting development and the future through innovative approaches and new thinking. This talk features Lindy Elkins-Tanton, PhD, director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative and principal investigator of the Psyche mission, selected in 2017 as the 14th in NASA’s Discovery program. Elkins-Tanton received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from MIT in 1987 and her PhD in 2002.
Content is no longer the differentiator in education, as most college graduates require additional training after securing employment. The key 21st-century skills of complex interdisciplinary problem-solving, goal-setting, team collaboration, creativity, and analytic reasoning are those that humans uniquely bring to the workforce, but they are seldom explicitly taught. People are “hired for the hard skills and fired for the soft skills” — so we will train students in both. Through Interplanetary Initiative and our partners we are developing new ways to run courses, ways for people to learn how to learn better, and to focus on the key skills of problem identification and solution. These are largely the skills of graduate school, but started at the freshman level. Most importantly, we need faster progress toward our positive human future, and producing a generation of problem-solvers with a sense of agency is a key step.