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​The Sprint has been rescheduled. 
New dates to be announced shortly

What Do You Want to ​​Accomplish in The Sprint?
​Here are a few recommendations to consider:

Discover Trends & New Realities

Through Awakening sessions and collective, crowd sourced research, we work together to discover the new realities of your industry, of the adjacencies that are happening unnoticed by your organization, and we dive into exponential technologies  such as blockchain, Web3, AI, Robotics and much more, to understand how our world is changing, so you can leverage new opportunities. As example, we will not just talk about ChatGPT, but we actually use it in our research and ideation work.

Bring your leadership team and your board along with your Sprint team !

Rapid Development of Product Ideas

A Sprint is the fastest way to any type of product or service concept, whether you aim for Horizon, 1, 2 or 3 type of initiatives, 10x moonshots and new approaches to digitalisation or transformation of your business. New startups can start here too!

Experience the powers of our collective intelligence and resourcefulness, as you partner up with a global community of innovators.

Set New Transformative Goals

You should be aware of the probable future scenarios for your business or institution/organization. Prepare yourself to set big goals and make bold decisions.

Leverage the organisational powers of having a Massive Transformative Purpose that can drive open ecosystem innovation and bring a community of like-minded followers along with you on your journey!

 Learn from doing it, in this Sprint!

Grow New Capabilities & Mindset

Change is hard and requires a great deal of persistence from everyone involved, but also an organisational mindset as well as individual mindsets that inspire, lead and support new ways of working together. This Sprint is able to help Sprint teams grow over 20 skill sets and capabilities (in the 10-week version) that you will definitely appreciate in the years to come.

Tell us what you want to accomplish, and we will design the Sprint for you to grow!

Sprint Program

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The Sprint Phases

The Sprint process is modular, and you can choose only to participate in the modules that are relevant for accomplishing your goals.

Your assigned Virtual Coach will help you pick & plan the Sprint modules that are right for accomplishing your goals.

Here is a high level summary of the Sprint phases:

Preparation Phase
Discovery Phase
Define Phase
Disrupt & Refine Phase
Pitch & Launch Phase
Preparation Phase

In the section below, the Preparation Phase, and what you need to consider, is described.

A live introduction session is being scheduled and the recording will be made available here.

In the meantime, make sure to take advantage of the live chat below to have your questions answered.

Lars Lin, Sprint Facilitator

Discovery Phase

The New Realities Leaves So much to be Discovered

If you are not "shocked and in awe", once you start researching what is happening inside and not least outside of your industry, that affects you, your business/institution and your customers/members/students, then you have not been paying attention!! Never be strategyzing and planning for the future of your organization without understanding the major trending forces in the world, what exponential technologies will be capable of doing in the years to come, and the scaling force of exponential business models. This is the phase where we discover this and much more, together!

Thought leaders who see the future and the new realities of today, help us out, while we co-research in a collective-intelligence "Swarm". All findings are captured and shared between all participating teams in the Open Innovation Sprint.

In the Private Sprint mode, you get to make your discoveries -and you can bring your stakeholders, business partners or students to help you out. That is your way of crowd-sourcing the job of discovering the new realities you must adapt to operate in.

Of course we are not just talking about AI (as example), we apply it through-out the Sprint. Why not bring ChatGPT and other AI algorithms into your discovery and research work at this stage?

This is the most hands-on learning experience we can put to use for you.

Define Phase

Ideating for Positive Impact

Together, we will begin ideating within various scenarios for the coming years (best case, worst case, probable and desirable scenarios). These are scenarios we craft together. We then design for 1st order and 2nd order (desirable) impact, which leads to numerous initiatives, that may be the solutions to solve the challenge(s) you are working on as a Sprint team.

You get to work out the roadmap into the future you are designing for. 

Everybody talks about it... making impact. But what exact impact do you plan to make by design? What impact may you contribute to unintentionally? What impact will happen with or without you? What order of impact will it be?

Ideate intentionally for the impact you wish to make and we invite you to follow our step-by-step Sprint process to get there!

We will also apply design thinking, moonshot thinking, critical thinking and other thinking styles.

You will be supported by our "Swarm team", an extension of your Sprint team in several phases of the Sprint, including here in the Define (ideation) phase.

They will join you for pre-scheduled, intense and collaborative ideation exercises, designed to accelerate your team work weeks ahead in a matter of few hours. 

There will be great laughs and relation building happening naturally! 

Disrupt & Refine Phase

Disrupting Our Own Mindset

Prepare to pitch, to get the ideas out of our heads. Only then, we can begin to disrupt our own way of thinking about what is possible, what will become possible soon, and put our bias, old belief systems and lack of imagination behind us. Together with others, we begin to see new ways forward, we intentionally ask for help to disrupt our current initiatives so we can come back stronger with more exponential impact.

We like to talk about "10x'ing our initiatives", which means we design our way out of traditional scarcity-based business models and begin to accept the ideas of weaving exponential technologies into the foundations of the products/services/programs/businesses we are building during the Sprint.

You will be pitching to a panel of disruptors -and to other Sprint teams. We are all here for you!

With your newly gathered disruptive insights, you and your Sprint team will regroup, and redesign/refine your initiatives for more abundance and a more impactful roadmap.

Pitch & Launch Phase

Pitch for Sponsorships or Mentoring

The Sprint has now come to the "moment of truth", the point where you will be presenting your solutions to invited stakeholders of all sorts. Can be leaders from your own organization, can be anyone with insights needed to make decisions for the implementation of your work in real life. It can be external sponsors and investors or organizations interested in "adopting" you and your Sprint team to actually build the solutions you propose.

Educatefor.Life can also propose an incubation package, with our without seed funding, to teams that present initiatives that are considered a relevant fit for the portfolio of Marketplace solutions under Educatefor.Life.

You are free to bring away your initiatives after the Sprint, without accepting any offers from others.

The Open Innovation Sprint builds fully on openly sharing perspectives and ideas, and that all gathered insights are open sourced, for anyone who wants to build on it.

The Private Sprint is all about supporting you to build your future. Everything you design belongs to you (but of course someone may have beaten you to it and designed something very similar before you did. It's up to you to ensure you are not in conflict with IP or trademarks etc. that belong to others).

​Preparation Phase:

This phase is active in the period: Today until Jan 12th

Let's begin exploring what this Open Innovation Sprint has to offer you and your business, school, institution or community. Make sure to register your interest early, so we can help you assess if this Sprint is the right thing for you to engage in. You can opt-out again anytime before Jan 12th, 2023, no questions asked!

The Sprint is run in cooperation with multiple partners and the Sprint activities are facilitated by Educatefor.Life.

You are offered two participation models to choose from:

A. Open Innovation Model: Bring (or form a new) Sprint team in the preparation phase of the Open Innovation Sprint. You get feedback & support from other participating teams, while you are also expected to contribute to the work of the other participating teams. 


B. Private Sprint Mode: If you prefer keeping your work "stealth", or you represent an organization that are not yet prepared to collaborate openly on solving grand challenges together, then the Private Sprint mode is the option for you. You will not have access to the crowdsourced research & ideation from the Open Innovation Sprint Teams, but on the other hand, you will also not be asked to disclose anything about your work, except to your dedicated Coach and the advisors and stakeholders you will invite during the process.

To do now: Register your interest in one of the above participation models and then schedule a scoping call with our onboarding coach, before you have to make your final decision to participate or not.

No cost is involved for you, until you confirm your participation (after your scoping call with us).

Identify and submit challenges, that you see standing in the way of the development or transformation you are trying to go through with your organization. We will review your submitted challenges and form Sprint teams to address these challenges -unless you prefer to solve them on your own.

Can I join as individual Sprint participant or do I need to join as part of a team?

You have both options. When you register, you are asked to indicate in your application form if you join as individual (who may be looking for a team to join or who wish to join as a contributor/supporter to all participating teams) or if you are a team joining.

What is the recommended size & roles of a Sprint team?

Your team has a lot of work to do, to accomplish the outcome you are likely hoping to take away from the Sprint. We recommend that you work as a team of no less than 6 team members. More is better (up to no more than 10-12 participants to make the team work manageable). More team members allow you to share the workload better between you, and possibly also work in differen time slots, taking advantage of different time zones too if you can. Subteams can hand-over tasks to each other to make progress around the clock. Make sure to get the most from the 5 intense days of Sprint activities.

We will allocate additional supporting contributors to your team for a few hours at a time, during several of the key workshops and work sessions. So your team size will likely vary a bit throughout the Sprint. Make sure not to have a team size too small to keep the "water boiling" during the 5 days.

Read this article about Designing Sprint Teams, That Can Build Exponential Organisations when considering which roles and skills you should consider bringing into your Sprint team.

Schedule an intro call to learn more
Schedule an Introduction Call

Click the Botton to open our scheduler, pick a time that works for you for a conversation of up to 45 minutes of duration. 

The conversation will help us identify the outcome you desire from this Sprint and help us design and plan your participation accordingly.

When is the next Sprint after this one?

Check this site later on to see announcements of upcoming Sprints. Expect the next Open Innovation Sprint to take place in second quarter, 2023.

Sprint Attributes
​​It's how Exponential Organizations work too. You will (hopefully) never go back to the old ways of working!

Open Innovation

Experience the powers you can access, when crowdsourcing challenges from your own desk, or new ideas you  could benefit from exploring with others.

Tap into our Collective Intelligence.

Respectful Collab

Enjoy a respectful,  supporting Sprint environment, that empowers everyone who participate. Come try it and tell us how it was for you!

Powerful Online Collaboration Tools

The best of the best virtual collaboration tools make it a seamless experience to accomplish significant breakthroughs together, even as we are each located around the planet. Time to put to peace the urge to fly people to your meeting room. It's not needed anymore!

Implementable Outcome

This is not a training exercise (although you are welcome to use it as such), it is a co-creation process that ensures you leave with tangible, peer-reviewed strategies, plans, roadmaps, that you can put to work right away. Of course based on your new insights into the future, that is already here.

”We're not just here just for the fun or for the ideas, we're here to change the company.”

”It's changing how we think and how we look at innovation. And what I see here is really different from all the innovation that we did up until now, and we did a lot. It will definitely bring and yield some new opportunities.”

”We have been able to internalize all of the ExO attributes and the agility of the Sprint methodology, -and we can apply it in our business.”

”The personal discovery about myself and people I work with was a huge takeaway, I've grown a lot in just the past few weeks.”

”The most changing weeks of my life. I can't wake up and think the same as I used to before. I learned to let go of regret, I learned to cut an idea and let it go.”

”This is totally transformative. Like drinking

from the firehose. I got to meet people across the depth of the culture, this was outstanding.”