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Babson President Argues for Disruptive Entrepreneurship Education

Complete video available for purchase at http://fora.tv/2012/03/28/Need_Speed_Greed_Entrepreneurs_a_Disruptive_World

Opposing Peter Thiel’s strategy to give venture funding to entrepreneurial college drop-outs, Babson College President Leonard Schlesinger argues that there is a teachable method to entrepreneurship.

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Barriers to entry in many industries have disintegrated, innovation is increasingly shifting to the developing world, and companies must now function in a climate of constant disruption. This session is a provocative examination of whether nourishing entrepreneurship can solve the problem of economic stagnation in the coming decades.

Ideas Economy: Innovation will explore the role of governments, corporations and individuals as drivers of innovation and will develop prescriptions that lead to lasting progress and prosperity. Conference attendees will engage in a lively examination of current political and economic policies around the world, develop a keen understanding of how the forces of globalization affect the ways companies innovate and manage innovation, and discuss what individuals can do, not only to energize their own creative and intellectual potential, but to develop jobs, improve company earnings, and contribute to economic growth around the world.

Leonard A. Schlesinger became the 12th president of Babson College on July 1, 2008. He came to Babson from Limited Brands, based in Columbus, Ohio, where he served in executive positions from 1999 – 2007, most recently as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. From 1985 – 1988, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain.

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