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Our Obsession With ‘Expertise’ Is Holding Us Back

You don’t need a credential to create useful work

Woman doing carpentry work.
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here are many instances where a credential — like a certificate, a license, or a degree — is essential. Nobody wants a knee surgeon who learned the craft by watching YouTube videos. But you don’t need a permit to speak up, to solve an interesting problem, or to lead. You don’t need a degree to…