I find child prodigies to be enigmatic. Adora Svitak is no exception. Though perhaps smarter than most of the child (and perhaps adult) population, I found her talk from TED entitled What Adults Can Learn from Kids to be insightful and fun.
Sometimes all it takes is a really sharp individual to make people think about things in a different way. Maybe they’re a lot younger. Maybe they work in a different division. Maybe they have no formal training. Sometimes you have to throw your assumptions out the window and get down to the root of an issue; while kids have that innate ability due to lack of worldly experience, anyone can prompt you to attack a problem with a clean slate.
I firmly believe that we shouldn’t mock or disparage ideas just because of their source.