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Michael B. Horn is the co-founder and Executive Director, Education of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. He is the coauthor of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (McGraw-Hill: June 2008) with Harvard Business School Professor and bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson, president of the Citistates Group. Strategy + Business named the book the best human capital book of 2008.

Disrupting Class uses the theories of disruptive innovation to identify the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggests a path forward to customize an education for every child in the way she learns. Horn has been featured as a speaker at many education conferences, including the National Evaluation Systems’ conference and the Grantmakers for Education conference.

Prior to this, Horn worked at America Online during its re-launch, and before that he served as David Gergen’s research assistant, where he tracked and wrote about politics and public policy. Horn has written articles for numerous publications, including Education Week, Forbes, the Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. In addition, he has contributed research for Charles Ellis’ book, Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox (Wiley, 2006) and Barbara Kellerman’s Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters (Harvard Business School Press, 2004).
Horn earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Yale University, where he graduated with distinction in History.

Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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Good interview- well worth the time, especially if you have read the book first. Good reminders about how DI proceeds and where one is likely to find it. I was glad to hear that Webtools can fall under the DI heading. We've been seeing teachers discover these and try to use them to address ways kids learn. Thanks!
Do you see any connection between your theories and the Montessori method in education?


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