What do you want to get done in 2014?

Have a big project that needs a boost? Are you willing to try a different approach to getting it done?

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Each year, we run a free New Year’s Resolution experimental program to give people a boost on projects that matter to them.

For 2014, we’re working with Lee Zlotoff, creator of the TV-show MacGyver (a hit TV show about a resourceful problem solving hero that ran in the ’80′s and ’90′s and still inspires fans today). Participants will try the method he used to create the series – an approach designed to increase creativity and productivity - on their own project from 20-25 Jan 2014. Space is limited. Sign up below.

Details
  • Time and project commitment: Do you have a problem solving project and 5 hr/day for a week at work or at home? This can be a personal project or at the office, but you need to be able to focus on it for a week.
  • Dates: From 20 – 25 Jan 2014
  • Location: Anywhere (lessons can be via Skype, calls will involve Boston, LA and likely other time zones)
  • Cost: Free to committed people
  • Rough schedule: 
    • First day: Morning (8-12AM PST) methodology lesson explains the process for the week
    • Other days: After a short morning call, the rest of the time is on your own, evening Q&A available
  • Guidelines for choosing an appropriate project: 
    • It should require creative problem solving (is not an analytical problem with a single known answer)
    • It should be ambitious but feasible in a week
    • It can be individual or group (if group, all members need to be committed)
    • Examples of projects that would fit well (not exhaustive) – research, creative writing, journalism, video, startups/entrepreneurship, music, student theses, art, design, engineering, architecture, law, etc.

Sign up here
(you’ll need to describe your project – don’t worry about ‘right’ answers; it is more for you to think through the structure of your project).

More about MacGyver:
Ratings and reviews IMDb
Article explaining how the show survived seemingly insurmountable odds
Wikipedia article on MacGyver show
Here are some problem solving examples from on the show
 
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