The work of these social learning environments focuses on small-group projects, peer coaching, and a non-technical equivalent of pair programming.
Meetupscombine a social mixer, brief talk, masterclass demonstration, and small-group projects. Meetups also provide an excellent way to test the waters, talk with peers and coaches, and confirm (or disconfirm!) this hypothesis: “I can get a lot valuable insights, industry introductions, and practical knowledge at a Startup Ready.Net event.” This group will focus on these Meetups.
Skill Salonscombine the best practices from adult learning, task-based training, professional sports clinics, pair programming with Agile methods, executive coaching, improv theater, NLP aptitude modeling, and scenario-based role-playing. Skill Salons differ from traditional workshops and seminars. Skill Salons introduce and reinforce the protocols of social learning, reverse mentoring, and learn by doing.
Collaboratoriesprovide follow-on support and peer interaction from Skill Salons. Collaboratories combine aspects of peer coaching and tabletop science experiments with collaborative whiteboards, document sharing, and web meetings.
Next Practice Academiesprovide a fun, low-consequence environment for deliberate practice of entrepreneurship and the art of disclosing new worlds. The Academies focus on learn-by-doing in 20 to 45-minute small-group sessions and aptitude modeling of volunteers who have mastered a skill that others want to learn.
Most of the material we offer has come from coaching startups and consulting with enterprises. These learning resources incorporate many Learn-Build-Measure cycles of application. In a phrase, battle hardened.