The Shirky Principle

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.

Kevin Kelly / Clay Shirky

One of Abre’s value propositions is increasing operational efficiency. Put another way, we shrink problems in schools by either reducing their complexity or answering them altogether. Ideally, this frees up folk to contribute in other (perhaps more critical) areas of educating children.


Our ability to increase operational efficiency sometimes runs against a status quo bias (and loss aversion). Throw in a dash of attaching an identity to a job, and you start to stroll through some existential valleys.

Fortunately, the education field is built on a foundation of learning. Delight in learning tends to be a core value of the profession. When friction with change emerges, it’s best to return to this value.

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