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Playbook

 

Method

Building on the extensive work of teams like the USDS, 18-F, and OSTP, we will assemble an XQ network [Xq] of people who are masters of their domain and have significant field experience. The XQ network will be our talent pool for recruiting highly-specialized, cross-functional sprint teams made-up of 5-6 people. A sprint team [St] will be called upon to work on intractable, high-impact problems at organizations where 2-3% improvements can unleash disproportionate positive change. Each team will need aircover and active support from the highest ranking leader at the organization; that leader is the team's primary client. The deliverable of the sprint is an action plan [Ap] which provides a strategic and tactical framework for both the short-term (next 100 days) and long-term (unfettered potential). There may be opportunities for a member of the sprint team to join the organization full-time as the founder [F] of a (founding) team [Ft] and to lead the next iterations of the work from the inside. In this case, the founder continues to have coaching and support from the original sprint team and the wider XQ network as they pilot, iterate, and capacity build inside the org.

 
 

Revenue Model

For Profit: Project Management fee (out of which members of the sprint team will also receive payment). Procurement & hiring advisory.  Licensed IP.  Supporting grants.  

 
 

Collaborators

Potential collaborators include: Vital Voices (non-profit), the United Nations (NGO), and MIT (academia).

 
 
 

Method

Some of our biggest social and economic challenges could be solved if we interconnect the right people (who so often have never met) and mobilize the right resources to help proven solutions scale.  The collective genius we can unlock and the efficiency we can generate is significant enough to transform geographies (e.g. Rust Belt Rising) and reinvigorate industries (e.g. welfare services).  Part of the alchemy needed to interconnect ecosystems includes scouting for: 1. founders [F] with ingenious prototypes, 2. communities of practice [Cp] (including their online and offline gatherings), and 3. real estate [Re] that could effectively serve as a physical space for radical collaboration.  Once founders are connected (physically and digitally) with the relevant communities of practice, we mobilize capital [C] (and capital networks), and resources [R] from consortia, investors, donors, and practitioners to help build the right infrastructure for solutions to successfully scale.  

 
 

Revenue Model

For Profit: Direct Investment + Equity.  Venture Fund + Management fee.  Real estate (franchise model for shared spaces).
Not-for-Profit:  Paid fellowships & internships.  Sponsored gatherings.  Scholarships/Grants.

 
 

Collaborators

Project 1. catalyzing economic transformation across the Rust Belt of the United States.  Potential collaborators include:  Start Somewhere, Opportunity @ Work, and Rise of the Rest.

 
 
 

Method

Media can be a force for activating creative confidence and seeing directly what is already possible; it can also be a force for seeding hatred, bias, and fear.  In a climate of mounting challenges and a scarcity of time to come up with adequate solutions, the power of media to quickly propagate reactionary cultural narratives becomes even greater.  And yet, what would be helpful against this backdrop of enormous challenge, is catalytic inspiration that triggers creative confidence and empowerment across all parts of our human tribe.  Part of this work includes full representation [Fr]; telling the true stories of women and men, people of color, people of indigenous descent, blue-collared workers, hidden heroes in science/technology, and so many more. It includes a rigorous and open research track to fully understand propaganda [Up] (and the new subversive power of computational propaganda) and bias through the lens of brain science, data science, social science, and by using advanced methods in AI.  And it also includes experimentation [E] with the medium itself; discovering and developing new ways to share our stories, and new ways to create relevance between where the story on the screen ends, and where the thread picks up again in real life.

 
 

Revenue Model

For Profit: Executive producer fee.  Royalties.  Action Campaign Management fee.  Research grants.
Not-for-Profit:  Paid fellowships & internships.  Sponsored gatherings.  Scholarships/Grants.

 
 

Collaborators

Potential collaborators include: Disney, Discovery, MAKERS, and USC.