In summer 2018, we paired skills labs with each of our social science intros: Excel and economics, surveying and sociology, asking powerful questions and history, etc. The skills labs were a hit, and fellows wanted even more time on them. In summer 2019, we’ve broken skills labs into their own night. On Thursdays, all of our fellows from across programs will gather for a full night of skills labs and fellowship. These skills are foundational and will serve fellows regardless of their paths in life.
How to ask questions that generate information and insights, re-frame issues and problems, and prompt people to change their minds or actions. Guest speakers are an opportunity to practice this skill.
How to observe with empathy to understand problems and rapidly prototype solutions with users to solve them.
Asking powerful questions
How to use spreadsheets and modeling to analyze data and generate new insights about problems.
How to create surveys to generate new datasets and insights.
How to display information for easy understanding and improved decision-making.
How to organize the information and insights you’ve collected into a compelling storyline.
How to deliver your story in a compelling way.