Innovation: Hotpants vs the knockout mouse

Tim Harford, the presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less turns his attention to heated pants and the business of innovation. He tells the moving story of Mario Capecchi, whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tells us much about where new ideas come from, and how to foster them.

Innovation needs marginal improvements + major leaps forward.  The later are, of course more difficult to get funding for and acceptance.  With health and learning challenges we come from a very different perspective, with the skills for major progress.

100% of those with say literacy challenges are missing the skill for how to recognise words, through visualisation.  Learning this skill creates a quantum change and validates the students.  Then students need to practice to become really proficient.  Practice in the same way you always have, with better tools will create slow marginal improvements and be laborious for the student.  Recognising their strengths for visualising and using that will create a major leap forward. We have other simple skills for Dyscalculia, ADHD and Chronic Fatigue.

I hope we will be able to find a Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to support our work.

Do listen to this 15 min talk:  popuptheknockoutmouse

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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