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J-WEL Workforce Learning Podcasts

Episode 4 - The Role of Education in New Venture Creation

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What is the role of learning in the business formation process, and what are the mental processes individuals go through before starting a successful venture? In this inaugural podcast by MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), Enrique Shadah, Associate Director of Workplace Learning at J-WEL, speaks with Bill Aulet, professor of the practice at the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, about the relationship between learning and entrepreneurship. Professor Aulet debunks common misconceptions about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and discusses what corporate learning executives can learn from entrepreneurial thinking. He concludes by explaining how executives can overcome inertia in their company by building a culture of entrepreneurship.

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Episode 3 - How People Learn From Hackathons and Datathons

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Hackathons have grown in popularity and have branched out from their software engineering roots to sectors like health care, education, and finance. Datathons, which is a portmanteau data and marathon, are versions of hackathons that center on analyzing data to solve a problem, address a challenge, or meet a certain goal. Many people are drawn to participate in both datathons and hackathons because they are fun and seem to offer opportunities for true learning and personal growth. But how do they actually work? In this podcast by MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), Enrique Shadah, Associate Director of Workplace Learning at J-WEL, speaks with Leo Celi, principal research scientist at the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences; Mataroria Lyndon, senior lecturer in medical education of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and to Cam Knott, intensive care physician in the state of Victoria, Australia. All three guests are doctors who have actively designed, executed, participated in hackathons and datathons.

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Episode 2 - Learning From People at the Frontier of Knowledge

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Corporations have an explicit mandate to innovate and reinvent themselves but, when it comes to fostering innovation, companies pay attention to easy-to-measure resources, such as capital deployed, and processes, such as technology scouting. Corporations often give less attention to the harder-to-measure people-oriented drivers of real innovation, like culture, values, and a thirst for knowledge. These so-called people issues have the greatest power to shape the culture of innovation and create a sustained competitive advantage for a business. People who are at the frontier of knowledge are typically self-driven and inspired by their quest for understanding. What can organizations do to learn from these people at the frontier of knowledge? In this episode, Enrique Shadah, Associate Director of Workplace Learning @ J-WEL, speaks with Eugene "Gene" Fitzgerald, the Merton C. Flemings SMA professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, and author of the book Inside Real Innovation: How the Right Approach Can Move Ideas from R&d to Market - And Get the Economy Moving.

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Episode 1 - How Collective Learning Drives Innovation in Healthcare

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Medical costs are rising faster than the economy can account for, and many people’s health needs are not being met. Collective learning can help drive targeted innovation to meet health care needs. How does collective learning drive innovation in health care, and what can companies outside of the industry take away from this method? In this podcast by MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), Enrique Shadah, Associate Director of Workplace Learning at J-WEL, speaks with Martha Gray, JW Kieckhefer professor of medical and electrical engineering at MIT.

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