Business Education as it Should Be
Innovation at the Heart of Technology, Pedagogy, & Business Model
We’re an abductive organization, thinking big thoughts about the future of work and business education, deducing what we need to do to make it happen. We also tinker with new technologies, pedagogies, human-centered design, and education’s old business models. We induce the implications of our experiments and design ways to put our solutions to use more broadly. Think Tank + Tinker Lab = Deductive | Inductive | Abductive.
We’re also holistic educators, developing head, heart, and hands, including deep skills — those that remain key human capabilities despite surface skills that become obsolete, jobs that disappear, and new work appearing that we never imagined before.
Our skyline isn’t next year or the next 5 or 10. We’re envisioning what the world will be like in 2050, what education means in that context, and how to create at least a little 2050 today.
Technologists, Business Strategists, and Designers & humanists
envisioning the future of Business Education:
Dr. CJ Meadows
Think Tank Chair, DBA Harvard Business School
Technologist, Designer, Business Strategist, Innovation & Design Thinking Expert
Dr. Tal ben-Shahar
Founder, Happiness Studies Academy, using advanced technologies and the Science of Happiness to develop organizational and community leaders. Best-selling author who taught Harvard’s most popular course — on Happiness
CEO, Mercer Singapore
Future-of-Work expert creating and sustaining healthy, wealthy, & talented workforces
Failed his O-Levels, failed his A-levels, couldn’t go to university. So, he founded 16 successful businesses, 6 social enterprises, became an artist, has been to Harvard 4 times, & was invited to teach at Singularity U
Design Director, Design Sojourn
Award-winning design leader passionate in helping companies make people's lives better with design-led innovation. Co-Founder of cutting-edge Design-practice education company Methodology.sg
dr. edy greenblatt
One of the world’s top 100 coaches, resilience pioneer, high-tech startup founder, & serial entrepreneur
Entrepreneur, Coach, Consultant
Formerly Sr. Partner, Frost & Sullivan, analyzing technology, future trends, & business model innovation
dr. asli toksal
Sr. Sustainability Mgr., Siemens
Currently on world-tour learning & speaking about the Future of Work. Leader of sustainable business
Founder & CEO, Gowbe | CEO, Awaken Group
Former McKinsey consultant now leading micro/mobile ed.tech & a consulting group innovating at the intersection of strategy, marketing, & design
Chairman & CEO, Caprica Int’l.
Serial entrepreneur & CEO mentor, fostering innovation ecosystem & high-tech start-ups. MBA in International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management. Disruptive business & tech-transformation expert
Jin Kang Møller
VP (Experience Design & Group Customer Experience) & Founder (Great Design Masterclass), OCBC
Author, Designful.co, triggering meaningful conversations with designers, artists, & business leaders on the role of design in the business
Dr. Chris Marshall
AVP Big Data, Analytics, & AI at IDC, DBA Harvard Business School
Formerly with Watson Financial Services at IBM. FinTech expert, startup mentor, AI pioneer, & lifelong learner
Here’s a Few Current Projects We’re Tinkering With:
Watson-coached personalized & adaptive learning
Why take classes in what you already know? With adaptive-learning technology, you can not only “test out of” entire courses but also reduce the time within a course on what you already know or have learned quickly during the course. In fact, wouldn’t it be great if you could have your very own teacher/coach guiding you, recommending helpful materials, and assessing you when you’re ready? Watson has already been shown to be a very effective teacher — and an empathetic one.
Micro-Credentialing, mobile- & micro-learning
Instead of leaving work & life to get an education, why not integrate life, learning, and work on-the-go? With a micro-credentialing approach, what you want (or need) to learn can be certified on its own. Additional learning can be suggested by your Watson coach, with special attention to microcredentials that combine to form a macrocredential — a personalized degree. With a micro-learning approach — bite-sized learning you can absorb every day — you can integrate life and learning and join an online/offline community of learners. We’ve already uploaded a new non-degree micro-course based on our recent management research on the “next wave” of innovation. “High-Impact Innovation: 30 Creative Leaders Who Built Tomorrow” is available on our favorite mobile-micro-learning platform: Gnowbe.
Psycho-neuro admissions/career Counseling
Wouldn’t it be great if you could know how your brain is “wired” and whether you’re wired to be successful in one career or another? Actually, you can, and with a host of psycho-neuro and other types of tests, we can help you understand yourself like never before, shaving years of experimentation off of your career, targeting from the start various types of work you’re already designed to do.
Authenticity, emotional intelligence, and connectedness with others are essential to your effectiveness as a leader and a human worker. Wouldn’t it be great to map your state of being with what you’re doing and how effective you are in the moment? With biometric tracking and feedback, you can see your state of being, adjust, track again, and analyze your synchrony with others — real-time and near-real-time feedback for effective self-development.
Augmented-Reality teaching & mixed-reality learning
It isn’t always possible to remember the name and detailed development history of hundreds of students. However, when a teachable moment occurs with someone in front of you, wouldn’t it be great to have your own coach telling you who they are and what they need? The expert teacher can take it from there, with a little help. On the learner’s side, wouldn’t it be great when touring a business or cultural-heritage site to have an electronic coach update you with key information so you can ask questions while an expert is at-hand? Or show you the way things used to be or will be when a project is finished, so you can probe further for issues and possibilities?
Here’s something already in use at our parent organization, S P Jain School of Global Management — Engaged Learning Online, whereby students around the world gather in a virtual classroom. We also have ELC’s (Engaged Learning Classrooms), where students enter without their distracting laptops & phones and instead use tablets installed at each seat to take cloud-stored notes, engage in virtual team breakouts, take polls, give feedback, ask questions anonymously, record bits of lecture they “zoned out” or want to review later (e.g. special instructions), and more.
And here’s a vision of the future, created over 30 years ago. Every piece of technology existed back then (except the seamless screen). Why isn’t this “normal” today? We’d like to make it normal and create the next vision…
our experts in Technology, psychology, education, and more — making the future happen today:
dr cj meadows
edTech tinkerer, human-centered designer, & business model igniter
Accreditation Expert, Financial Services Leader, Business Process Engineer, & Executive Training Designer
Founder & Managing Partner, Big Sky Quantitative Research, applying machine learning to business & economics
Recruitment/Executive Search Expert with experience in Social Media Talent Search/Attraction/Acquisition
Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Life Coach, & Neuro-Linguistic Programming facilitator
CEO Coach, Communications Consultant, & Media Persoality
Members of our growing community we’d like to thank include the following, for their review & contribution to our ideas & experiments:
Startup mentor and funder, as well as ecosystem developer, Puneet is a General Partner at Solmark, as well as Chairman of Innoveo, Servion Global Solutions, and TiE. A leader in various startup and funding communities, he serves on a variety of boards and splits his time between Silicon Valley, Zurich, and Singapore.
Virginia is a founder, author, educator, mentor, and angel investor in Singapore’s entrepreneur ecosystem with nearly 4 decades of executive experience in technology companies. Former chief technology geek at a U.S. multinational, she co-founded and led multiple venture-funded, hi-tech companies in Singapore and China with successful exits on NASDAQ and HKSE.
Ashwin is Partner & Head of Data at KPMG, Sydney. He is a senior leader with focus on strategy, large-scale data management & analytics, cognitive automation, emerging technologies, and digital transformation.
As a Learning Experience Designer at Google, Sarah is part of a global R&D team that is focused on tackling future-oriented learning and development challenges. Current projects include meaningful collective intelligence at scale, human motivation for learning engagement, micro-courses, blockchain/distributed-ledger technologies for education, and analysis on the future of corporate L&D.