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Over the last two years I have had a particular interest in business creativity. How people come up with ideas is a natural question, but what really caught my interest is the thinking and development process itself.
Basically this is what has motivated me to dig deeper into the topic and discover more about the creative capabilities of mind itself. After reading some good books, observing the way people develop and implement their ideas, and personal experimentation, I ended up being one of the participants on the Creativity, Innovation and Change MOOC (CIC).
CIC is one of those courses that shows us the value of being creative in today’s world. This MOOC created an amazing community and encouraged people from around the world to reach out to each other for sharing ideas, getting feedback and even collaborating on making things happen.
For me, CIC was a very desirable thing in terms of expanding knowledge and experimentation. Like Dr. Jack Matson once told me: “Life is about using the whole box of crayons.” This is me! This is the way I use creativity every day … to always seek out better ways to make things happen.
CIC and Successify
Successify was founded a year ago after the first CIC MOOC-up finished. We presented the idea to the community, people liked it and lots of them helped us push it further.
Successify has been featured by Pennsylvenia State University in the fist Creativity, Innovation and Change MOOC-up and presented it to more than 120,000 students.
How everything started.
This project grew out of my frustration with not having an empowering environment, nor people around me open to sharing their knowledge.
I had the basics but I always wanted more. I couldn’t afford to study abroad, take expensive classes or pay for international programs back then. So, what was the solution? How could I cross each barrier with the limited resources that I had?
Five years ago, in my freshman year while studying Business Management, I decided what I wanted to do – develop ideas for a better world.
I founded Successify because of my strong belief in the untapped potential of young people. I believe in their ability to be awesome and to make the world a better place.
Another thing that I really care about is that the traditional educational system doesn’t nurture the inner potential of young people.
What is Successify today?
It has been a year already since Successify was just an idea, in a struggle to see the light of the day. Now, it’s a mature startup project aiming to provide entrepreneurship education to empower youth world wide.
We are in the process of developing an online idea management platform for young idea makers in Pre-startup stage. We design online mentoring programs and match young idea makers with experienced entrepreneurs world wide, as their mentors.
We have developed the Pre-startup Canvas to help young idea makers discover a viable pathway from idea bulb to launch.
The Canvas is available in a Toolkit that captures the concept behind a new process we are looking to use for developing ideas in our further Pre-Startup Programs.
The Pre-startup Canvas is designed to help young idea makers put more of their ideas into practice and guide them through the process. The purpose is to show them a path to walk on and follow a pretty straight-forward learning and development process from idea bulb to experimentation point.
We are looking for curious people interested in experimenting with Successify Pre-Startup Canvas. To be among the first who get an invitation, please subscribe to the list: Successify on Facebook.
What Successify stands for?
Set up as a Pre-startup environment for young visionaries, Successify intends to personalize learning and be a catalyst for young idea makers by designing engaging learning processes for developing entrepreneurial skills in a more interactive way.
Successify is on its way to build a global community of young idea makers and entrepreneurs, based on collaboration and knowledge sharing, with the purpose of unlocking young entrepreneurial capabilities for solving Global Challenges.
What happened after CIC 1.0 ended?
In May 2014 there was a big conference of Coursera Partners in London, where many interesting people gathered to discuss ideas about MOOCs, mainly the monetization part of this “evolution in higher education”.
I was there before the Conference to meet Prof. Jack Matson and a few other CIC students. We gathered one Sunday afternoon and spent a couple of hours together, taking and sharing our experiences with CIC. It was a very happy and diverse crowd with people from different parts of the world: Poland, the UK, Colombia, Nigeria, Romania, Greece, Vietnam, Wales, Spain, India, Kosovo, and the USA.
To break the ice, we started by introducing ourselves with some goofy thing that happened to us. You won’t believe how much fun is it to hear other’s people goofy things. Two of my favorites were from two ladies who sometimes like to talk with animals and herbs from their personal garden.
Then, Jack shared with us how his desire and motivation for having a MOOC started and how he and his team developed the Creativity, Innovation and Change MOOC. Let me tell you, there was a great team behind him.
We had some free interaction and open sharing about our experience, and provided feedback about the course, especially how the course had helped us in our personal and professional lives.
At the end there was a physical exercise. We formed teams and played with paper. Guess what? It was a fun exercise for our creative muscles, of course!
This is how we ended up.
I had the privilege to have a chat with Prof. Jack Matson. We exchanged thoughts and ideas about lots of things.
During our conversation I identified some common interests and very similar perspectives on the amazingness of the human mind, how the manner of thinking can transform you into a change maker, and why the environment in which you are working is important for personal and professional growth.
Overall, I was delighted, especially by Jack’s energy. He is a positive person with a very friendly and open mind attitude. Here I quote some of his words that I like the most:
“Don’t do something interesting, Andreea. Do something WOW!”
“It’s not only about what you do; it’s about how do you do it.”
“Imagine the unimaginable and go for it.”
Founder of Successify