How Mistakes Drive Innovation

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Kathryn Schulz, author of “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” discusses how the creative and scientific minds of the Enlightenment both welcomed and accepted doubt and error. Schulz encourages mistakes and imagination, stating that they are, “very often the engine of innovation and change and advancement.”


Kathryn Schulz is a journalist and author with a credible (if not necessarily enviable) claim to being the world’s leading wrongologist.

Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the former editor of the online environmental magazine Grist, and a former reporter and editor for The Santiago Times, of Santiago, Chile, where she covered environmental, labor, and human rights issues.

She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project), and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and, most recently, the Middle East. A graduate of Brown University and a former Ohioan, Oregonian, and Brooklynite, she currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.



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