Harvard professors and local leaders brainstorm about creating out-of-the-box thinking in local organizations.

Harvard-led symposium stresses the importance of innovation.

Harvard University professors and South Florida leaders brainstormed about creating out-of-the-box thinking in local organizations.

Seeking to spur innovation in social and business institutions, Harvard University brought together South Florida community and academic leaders Wednesday for the kick-off of a three-day symposium at the University of Miami.

“Everyone wants innovation; it’s like motherhood and apple pie, no one’s against it,” said Rakesh Khurana, a professor at the Harvard Business School who moderated one of the day’s discussion.

The bigger issue, agreed panelists, is how to achieve it.

“One person’s innovation is another person’s disruption,’’ said Rosabeth Moss Kanter, business professor and director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, which organized the seminar.

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Over the three days, panelists and attendees will explore how to create high impact programs in public health, education and civic engagement. Speakers Wednesday included Charles Ogletree of the Harvard Law School, Barry Bloom of Harvard’s School of Public Health, James Honan of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, along with South Floridians Modesto Maidique, past president of FIU, Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padron and Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub, President and CEO of Fiduciary Trust International of the South.

Read: “Harvard-led symposium stresses the importance of innovation,“ an article by MiamiHerald.com.

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