each program year in tks, we do month long challenges with different global companies on impactful problems to solve. in 4 weeks, teams make executive standalone decks.
in my role as program director and coach
check out a few highlight standalone decks from selected partnerships.
problem statement: how might we identify major problems to tackle to start leading to a net zero carbon economy by 2050?
mikael and aahaan have a hypothesis to capture the ~20k MWh of wasted heat in refineries and researched to see if it could be used to produce green hydrogen.
naila and team look to repurpose oil platforms into electrical substations for wind energy systems, potentially saving $4.65M in decomissioning costs.
karthik and team explore ways to use sensors to predict pipe corrision with a potential impact of lowering operational costs by $71M annually.
problem statement: how might we get more women and girls across the world more active in the digital economy by 2030?
dasha and team designed mock ups for scalable english teacher training using sms to increase literacy rates in rwanda with the goal of helping 1.6M students.
henrik and team want to help increasing the earning potential of 85,000 working mothers in dhaka through digital training paired with day care centers.
emina and team have the idea to help upskill 1.5M young women in the informal economy in jakarta with digital design skills to make them employable for new jobs.
problem statement: how might we get 1 million sign ups on new statewide digital, contactless tracing apps for covid-19?
manasi and team researched ways to increase adoption from 1M millennials gen z using different strategies across social media platforms.
lauren and team explored ways to use snap chat filters and social word of mouth on college campuses across minnesota to reach 15% of the population.
oscar and team figured out a way to partner with grocery retail partners to increase awareness and adoption at the point of shopping.
additional challenges included
how might we increase mentor engagement by 50%?
x-prize carbon capture:
how might we increase globale participation in our $100M challenge?
unicorn ($b) wearable:
how might we create data partnerships for increased customer experience?
kidogo: how might we scale early childhood development services out from nairobi, kenya?
1. identify a problem supported by data. understand what's causing the problem using case studies, industry data, and quantified research.
2. validate assumptions with perspective. talk with dozens of industry experts to support main assumptions.
3. include clear next steps. map out action items for a pilot to test and larger tactics for implementation.
4. design a great standalone deck. logical structure and flow of ideas paired with simple copy and great visuals.
this is a four week intensive training helping young people who have never worked before deliver professional consultant level results as well as train real world problem solving
topic: identify problems w/ case
skillset: team culture
mental model: m.e.c.e.
topic: make a mock up
skillset: slide design
mental model: first principles
topic: hypothesis driven ideas
skillset: asking good questions
mental model: nth order thinking
topic: problem identification
skillset: giving good feedback
mental model: inversion
thinking in base line truths and reasoning upwards
asking "if this would fail, how might we prevent that?"
asking "then what?" to understand consequences
what i would keep doing
what i would do differently
thank you to all of our challenge partners for giving your time, guidance, and feedback for helping the teams train problem solving skills 🙏
mckinsey mind by ethan rasiel
a great overview of processes and structured thinking that is used by one of the top consulting firms. this personally helped me train a consultant's way of breaking down probelms. check out the book →
calling bs: the art of skepticism by carl bergstrom
this books help build understanding for how to break down data driven assumptions and think critically for where things do not make sense check out the book →
mental model blog from farnam street
shane parish helps break down 100+ mental models with stories and examples of how to use them across different decision making and problem solving. check out the blog →