Michael B. Horn

Executive Director, Education mhorn@innosightinstitute.org Michael B. Horn is the co-founder and executive director of the education practice of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to solve problems in the social sector. In this capacity, Horn leads a team that educates policymakers and the public on how to […]


Katherine Mackey

Education Research Fellow and Design Editor kmackey@innosightinstitute.org Katherine Mackey is a Research Fellow in Innosight Institute’s Education Practice and oversees Innosight Institute’s design work. Prior to joining Innosight Institute in September 2008, she was an eleventh-grade English teacher at Highland High School, a public high school in Utah. She worked previously as a designer at […]


Jason Hwang

Executive Director, Health Care jhwang@innosightinstitute.org Dr. Jason Hwang is the co-founder and Executive Director, Health Care of Innosight Institute, a not-for-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. He is the coauthor of The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care with Harvard Business School […]


Heather Staker

Senior Education Research Fellow Heather Clayton Staker is a Senior Research Fellow for the Education Practice at Innosight Institute. She is the author of many publications, including “The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models,” which Innosight Institute published in May of 2011. Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning listed it as one […]


Virtual Schooling

Talking Points The U.S. has shifted to a knowledge-based economy which requires students to master higher order knowledge and skills. Our current education system was designed in the early 1900s for an industrial-based economy that needed a standardized system for processing students in large batches with a fixed amount of time for each stage in […]


Disruptive Innovation

A disruptive innovation is an innovation that transforms an existing market or sector–or creates a new one–by introducing simplicity, convenience, accessibility, reliability, and affordability, where before the product or service was complicated, expensive, and inaccessible. It is initially formed in a narrow foothold market or niche that appears unattractive or inconsequential to industry incumbents. Examples […]


Ignoring bad incentives Posted on May 27th, 2011 by Michael B. Horn

My colleague, Katherine Mackey, and I had the opportunity to visit Covington Elementary School in Los Altos, Calif. recently, where teacher Rich Julian’s 5th-grade math class has thrown out the typical math curriculum and instead given every child their own laptop, adopted the online Khan Academy math curriculum and assessments, and allowed the students to proceed at their […]