Global Innovation Guru Clay Christensen Predicts Disruption in the Domain of Parenting

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In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Dr. Clayton Christensen, one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth, discusses why disruptive innovations are needed for modern families.

In a revealing and in-depth interview with CMRubinWorld on modern parenting, Clay Christensen notes that as people’s lives have become easier and more convenient, more of the parenting work that used to be done in the home is now being outsourced - to the detriment of children. "A good life is not one that is free from struggle, but one in which people have the tools to overcome what life throws at them. By that logic, a good parent is one who immerses his child in lots of small, authentic opportunities to navigate and conquer challenges.” Creating good citizens, including raising children who “feel a sense of duty, responsibility, and selflessness,” remains a critical role for parents. "We need disruptive innovations that reprioritize tackling authentic projects at home, with both children and adults working together.”

Since the introduction of his theory of disruptive innovation in the mid-1990’s, Christensen has become one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth. The Clayton Christensen Institute, founded on Christensen’s world-renowned theories, has focused on education and health care and the transformational power of disruptive innovation. The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA), an annual gathering of the most progressive innovators in sports, education, media, philanthropy, economics, health care, civic engagement, and social justice, honoring prominent disruptors and game changers around the globe, is inspired by Christensen’s theory. More recently, Christensen has turned his focus to the domain of parenting where he’s predicting that we may see disruption.

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Clay Christensen is a professor, author, entrepreneur, missionary, husband, and father and is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth.

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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