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Symposium on

the economics of Ignorance

There is nothing so costly as ignorance.  ~ Horace Mann
In the Age of Information ignorance is a choice.  ~ Donny Miller

An invitation to participate in a

Symposium on The Economics of Ignorance

Judy Hale

September 18, 2020

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Central Time


Who is it for?

This Symposium is for professionals involved in training, organizational development, and performance improvement faced with the problem of upskilling a workforce, especially the ability to think critically, be innovative, and solve complex problems. 


The Center for International Credentials in partnership with Hale Associates, invites you to participate in a Symposium on how to mitigate the cost of ignorance.  Simply, ignorance is unknowing.  Institutionalized ignorance happens when societies or organizations deny access to information, falsify facts, undermine the free press, and suppress independent thinking.  Ignorance also happens when there is a lack of access to information due to economic disparity and poverty.  One cost of ignorance is the inability to innovate and adapt.  Another is the inability to solve complex problems and think critically.  The ability to innovate and solve complex problems are among the most sought-after skills according to the World Economic Form.  Their lack affects every level of society starting with the home, the community, businesses, and government.  

Some ignorance can be expunged with education, experience, and economic opportunity.  Some can be mitigated with technology, automation, and outsourcing.  However, willful ignorance, the purposeful disregard for facts and empirical evidence to prevent having to question one’s beliefs, resists treatment. Whatever the cause, ignorance is costly.

The Symposium continues our effort to bring awareness of the causes and economic implications of ignorance.  To date, Hale has published papers and spoken and local and international conferences.  Shestakova spoke on the Cost of Institutional Ignorance at the ISPI international conference.  Hale and Shestakova will be speaking on the Hidden Cost of AI on Critical Thinking.  Hale’s article on Certifications: The New Currency appeared in the Feb. 2020 issue of Training Magazine and Shestakova’s article on the Gig Economy: A Bittersweet Romance, will appear in the May issue. 

About the speakers

Invited speakers include representatives from academia, technology, performance improvement, service organizations, training and development, and finance.  The format is a series of short informative presentations following by small group discussions and report outs.   Confirmed speakers are Even Jahr, President Odessa Rotary International; John Schehl, Director of Certification and International Relations, National Roofing Contractors Association; Dr. Rob Foshay, Wharton Business School; Anne Niccoli, USCG; John Souchak, Director of Certification, Google; Veronika Shestakova, Analyst and Risk Management Specialist, the Hale Center; Dr. Judith Hale, CEO, Center for International Credentials, LLC.   

Please join Hale and Shestakova on September 18th for this exciting event. 


Thank you for your consideration. 

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