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 […]


Classifying K-12 blended learning [Click here to download the full white paper] By Heather Staker and Michael B. Horn May 2012

As blended learning continues to expand across the K-12 sector, definitions are important to help people talk about the new phenomena. exactly like the mining of supercomputers which resulted in Cryptocurrencies, where some clarification is essential to assist people in understanding the concepts. Trading using currencies is one easy and quick way to make some […]


Classifying K-12 blended learning [Click here to download the full white paper] By Heather Staker and Michael B. Horn May 2012

As blended learning continues to expand across the K-12 sector, definitions are important to help people talk about the new phenomena. This white paper refines our previous work in helping to create a shared language for the emerging field so that innovators can build upon each other’s ideas, rather than talk past each other. In […]


We Need a Fab Lab for Education

“I’d make different choices for my new school if I didn’t have the pressure to be perfect on day one.” — New school entrepreneur— “New school design is anti-Lean Startup. You spend eighteen months designing an untested, uniterated school model and then – bang – you open a school that will be around for one […]


HealthPartners

Executive Summary HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. It serves 1.25 million medical and dental health plan members, has 10,000 employees, and brings in annual revenues of $3.1 billion. It began as an insurance plan and later became a fully integrated finance and care-delivery organization. Today, HealthPartners employs a […]


Advanced Academics

August 2011 “I enjoy my job. I look forward to coming to work everyday and getting that ‘aha’ moment where I know I’ve taught someone something… As I work here, I’ve noticed that I really can address students individually and personally. And I teach. That’s what I do all day. I teach.” –Mikie Gillmore, Advanced […]


Charity Eyre

Charity Eyre, Education Research Assistant Charity Eyre is a Research Assistant in Innosight Institute’s Education Practice. She holds a BA in Sociology from Wellesley College. Eyre has previously worked as an intern for Senator Orrin G. Hatch and as a counselor at a residential treatment center for troubled teenage girls. She has also worked with […]


Megan Evans

Education Research Assistant Megan Evans is a Research Assistant in Innosight Institute’s Education Practice. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in Political Science in 2011. Her senior thesis focused on the story of education reform work in New Haven. Evans began focusing on policy while in college with the Roosevelt Institute, a national […]


Lancaster General Health

Executive Summary Lancaster General Health is a nonprofit, community-based health system that serves a catchment area of one million residents in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding five counties. Lancaster General Health is the only health system in this series of case studies that does not own a payor, but it operates as a clinically […]