Larry Page on the necessity of a broad education

(or why every safety professional should also study engineering, science, math, and psychology)

I don’t think we’re doing a good job as a society deciding what things are really important to do. I think like we’re just not educating people in this kind of general way. You should have a pretty broad engineering and scientific background. You should have some leadership training and a bit of MBA training or knowledge of how to run things, organize stuff, and raise money. I don’t think most people are doing that and it’s a big problem…when you’re able to think of all these disciplines together, you kind of think differently and can dream of much crazier things and how they might work. I think that’s really an important thing for the world. That’s how we make progress.

– Larry Page, co-founder of Google, as quoted in “Elon Musk” by Ashlee Vance

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