Rene Descartes said that "The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries." There have never been more ways to have conversations with the finest minds today, not simply confined to books alone. Beyond careers, education fulfils philomaths' thirst for knowledge through the internet that provides an endless amount of educational opportunities. But do employers care? Usually, they look at advanced and bachelor degrees, high school diplomas or certificates depending on job or they look at experience.
Most of the best lessons learned I've learned are not from any of these established institutions. I have learned most from books, online talks, online courses, my own research, even simply reading Wikipedia and of course from the dinner table conversations with many knowledgable friends and family. On experience, I've learning from doing. I won't forget to plug OpenIDEO and IDEO U of course! How do we rank non-traditional experience and learning? How can we make oblique education matter more? How can we make it more respected? Does it need to be recorded in a new way or classified with a better name? Ultimately, will employers hire and promote from oblique education? From a startup perspective, does oblique education offer a competitive advantage?