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“With the move from an agrarian to an industrial economy, the small rural schoolhouse was supplanted by the big brick schoolhouse. Four decades ago we began to move to another economy but we have yet to develop a new educational paradigm, let alone create the ‘schoolhouse’ of the future, which may be neither school nor house.”
Stan Davis and Jim Botkin, The Monster Under the Bed
Our evolving system of higher education has been undergoing a paradigm shift since the 1980s. Some universities have moved away from unidirectional, instructor-focused teaching to a more distributed, student experience. Likewise, most medical schools in the United States began using problem-based curricula decades ago and improved results in student performance followed.1...
Indian power companies have their hands full generating and transporting power to cities and large factories—the current peak power deficit is 13 percent and growing. The problem isn’t just that the energy need is much larger than the production capacity; the existing electricity distribution and transmission infrastructure is also hugely inefficient, with up to 50 percent of the electricity generated lost in transport.
The solution has been to reframe India’s power shortage. Rural citizens do have money to spend on power, but neither they nor the power company have the money or time to lay cables to every home. And so, electricity has to become portable, to be sold in a sachet, “pay as you go” model. Such has been the thinking behind OMC’s community power initiative with one of...