Creative HQ bought 16 lean entrepreneurs with a diverse range of backgrounds to Wellington in 2015. The conference, Lean 15, was to teach what is lean innovation and how to get the most out of applying lean methodologies to their business. Chris Clay will be talking about Lean Entrepreneurship in Education.
Equipped with around 15 years of experience in the education sector, Chris Clay has experienced, witnessed and in turn influenced the way we approach learning. He is dedicated to questioning current teaching methods and producing diverse education systems that best meet the needs of 21st century learners and how we can apply Lean Entrepreneurship in education.
One key platform for this innovation is The Mind Lab by Unitec, where Chris is the founding Education Director. This New Zealand social enterprise is changing the way we look at learning, offering postgraduate courses to teachers, as well as holiday programs for curious kids. These offerings are opportunities to learn the digital and collaborative approaches that better suit the modern classroom, unlocking potential for both teachers and students to discover alternative pedagogies and redefine what learning looks like.
Chris is having a transformational effect on the future of education through his work with The Mind Lab by Unitec, starting the critical conversation about education and executing the disruption of traditional practice. The programmes that he has developed are grounded in lean innovation thinking, which is in essence, the minimal viable product. The concept of ‘Lean’ was born in Silicon Valley by entrepreneur Eric Ries, and is all about rapid innovation – creating maximum impact with minimum resources at extreme pace. The lean business model was initially designed to suit startups, but people are now realising that this kind of modern entrepreneurial thinking is applicable much more widely.