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Symposium on the Economics of Ignorance

  • 18 Sep 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM


  • for students and faculty
  • This symposium is for professionals committed to workforce development

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Symposium on the Economics of Ignorance

Join Judy and Veronika on

September 18, 2020

10-3:30 Central Time

Who is this Symposium for?

This symposium is for professionals engaged in workforce development and credentialing.  You can get 6 points toward your CPT re-certification 

Why this Symposium?

The intent of the symposium is to foster a dialogue among professionals in training, workforce development, and credentialing on how we can step up to the role of preparing a workforce with the critical thinking skills so needed for innovation.  

Some examples of the stories:

  • Rotary's 4-way test:  Is it true?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendships?  Is it beneficial to all concerned?
  • The Coast Guard's findings on how technology and social media affect critical thinking
  • A new perspective on innovation as a new currency
  • How companies establish and maintain a culture of collaboration to foster innovation. 

Each story is followed with a dialogue on what we as professionals can do

About our Speakers: 

Even Jahr, President, Odessa Chapter of Rotary a global network of leaders, innovative thinkers, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change 

Anne Niccoli, Ed D, USCG Leadership Development Center, will discuss the relationship between critical thinking and technology.  

Rob Foshay will discuss ignorance - what it is and what it means; he will share research on how organizations can foster a culture that supports critical thinking and innovation. 

Steve Villachicia, Ph.D., Boise State, will discuss with Rob Foshay the challenges and what works and doesn't work when building critical thinking skills.

    John Schehl, Dir. of Certification and Global Relations will tell the story of how NRCA is leading an industry wide initiative to upskill the trades. 

    Chris Madrid, will share how the airlines are working with schools to build a pipeline for pilots and mechanics. 

    Veronika Shestakova will speak on the economic impact when the workforce lacks the ability to innovate.

    John Souchak, Google, will share what he is doing to foster a culture of innovation in credentialing. 

    Tim Gillum and Kery Mortenson will share how they help clients distinguish between  official truth and grounded truth. 

    To learn more download our papers on the Gig Economy and Ignorance under resources.  

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