Reflection in Times of Profound Change

Ashley BlackburnEntreEd Talk Podcast Series invited me to share a perspective around the power of an entrepreneurial mindset way back in February, 2020.  No one could have predicted the immense and profound changes that would be upon us in the weeks following by the time we sat down to record the episode. 

But really, as we reflect on our role in supporting teachers, who in turn support students, there's no better time to prioritize the development of entrepreneurial, 21st-century skills.  Skills like ingenuity, perseverance and problem solving - all skills of an entrepreneur - are what's needed now to re-imagine how we do things - especially education.  

Here's an excerpt from my discussion with EntreEd Talk:

'Entrepreneurial mindset, I think is something that regardless of what you are studying, regardless of what you are majoring in, you can apply this to what you are learning and build your skills setting capacity in these ways that will serve you no matter what you do going forward.'

'We don’t have an official definition that we have adopted of entrepreneurial mindset, besides the fact that we know what we are trying to produce in students, which is:

  • Resilience
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving

These skills are the 21st-century skills that we know students need going forward in addition to their content knowledge.  We are looking at behaviors, skills and knowledge - all at once - that’s the goal.

Listen to the full podcast here.

Entre Ed Talk is a podcast by The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (EntreEd), for entrepreneurial educators, by entrepreneurial educators. It is hosted by Toi Hershman, EntreEd Regional Coordinator for America's Entrepreneurial Schools, and Amber Ravenscroft, Manager of Innovation at The EdVenture Group and Program Manager for America's Entrepreneurial Schools.

Ashley Blackburn is the Director of Programs at Uncharted Learning, NFP.