Past Positions: Professor at Michigan State University and executive director of the Confucius Institute
Book List (currently reading and wants to read): The Coming Prosperity, by Phillip Auerswald
Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books. His latest book, World Class Learners, has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).
L on T: What goes through your mind when faced with a big decision? In the end, how do you decide?
Zhao: I don't face big decisions. All decisions to me are big and small. I pursue ideas that excite me.
L on T: Do your best ideas and thoughts come from thinking alone, with a group of people or some combination of both? How does this play out?
Zhao: Most of my ideas come from talking with others and then pursing the idea deeper alone. I play with ideas a lot, trying to see as many connections as possible.
L on T: What specific strategies or ideas can you share with us on how to improve one's creative and entrepreneurial thinking?
Zhao: Ask the question: 'How can I be valuable to others?' and then decide on a path, with action to follow.
L on T: Any current or upcoming projects, books or work you would like to highlight?
Zhao: I am working on a couple of new books including Counting What Counts: Redefining Educational Outcomes and Why China Has the Best and Worst Education in the World.