Edited by Hugh Thomas and Donna Kelley
Chapter 1: Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs: World Economic Forum Global Education Initiative Executive Summary
1. Educating the next wave of entrepreneurs: World Economic Forum Global Education Initiative Executive Summary* Karen Wilson 1.1 INTRODUCTION Entrepreneurship has never been more important than it is today in this time of financial crisis. At the same time, society faces massive global challenges that extend well beyond the economy. Innovation and entrepreneurship provide a way forward for solving the global challenges of the 21st century, building sustainable development, creating jobs, generating renewed economic growth and advancing human welfare. When we speak about entrepreneurship, we are defining it in the broadest terms and in all forms – entrepreneurial people in large companies, in the public sector, in academia and, of course, those who launch and grow new companies. Now more than ever we need innovation, new solutions, creative approaches and new ways of operating. We are in uncharted territory and need people in all sectors and at all ages who can “think out of the box” to identify and pursue opportunities in new and paradigm-changing ways. My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see. (Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director, Grameen Bank) Entrepreneurship education can be a societal change agent, a great enabler in all sectors. Not everyone needs to become an entrepreneur to benefit from entrepreneurship education, but all members of society need to be more entrepreneurial. The public sector, private sector, academia and non-profit sectors all have roles to play in facilitating the development of...
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