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Ro Khanna suggests that "ever since J Gatsby proclaimed himself an Oxford man, there is a mythology of Great Institutions as a pathway to leadership." Yet higher education costs spiral out of reach for many of our youth. So the question of our time becomes "how can we democratize access to higher education?" The radical idea of democracy is that extraordinary ideas can come from ordinary men and women. Yet elite education is available to only 1% of our population. Ro feels that MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are one answer for the spread of knowledge. They allow people to gain access to the best ideas of our time, supporting their ability to make meaningful contributions through creativity, knowledge and the ability to re-tool when needed, to keep up with fast-moving economic changes.
Ro Khanna served two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Commerce with the Obama Administration. He learned about the innovations needed to keep America's strong manufacturing engine running, writing Entrepreneurial Nation to talk about the current and diverse landscape of manufacturing, green energy and entrepreneurial resilience. Ro currently works as an advisor for high-tech companies and is a visiting lecturer at Stanford.
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