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my "I"

A skill and knowledge management platform that will help young people develop skills and get recognised for building them.

Photo of Waris Misbah
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Some inspirations highlighted a problem of  lack of skill recognition. Some highlighted a lack of awareness of the right skills to develop. What if we can have universal skill management platform where anyone can learn how to build skills as well as gain recognition for building them.

"my I" is modified version of the T-shaped person. In the T shaped model the vertical block stands for specialisation in one field and the top horizontal block stands the breath of knowledge across fields.  The "I" is almost the same but there is a base or a foundation block as well. This foundation block are the core skills that will enable anyone to succeed in their chosen field of work. These are Creativity, Critical Thinking , Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Ability.

The vertical block and horizontal top block remain the same as in the T model. They represent specialisation in a particular field and breadth of knowledge across different fields respectively.


Suppose Peter desires to build his critical thinking skills. He logs on to my I and browses the courses that might help him in building this skill. The "my I" platform or application recommends Coursera and Oxford's Online course on Logic. Peter decides to sign-up for Coursera as the course reviews were better than the Oxford course. After completing the course, Coursera with their integrated "my I" plugin, rewards Peter with 100 critical thinking points. Peter's "I" improves and anyone viewing Peter's profile can see that he has developed critical thinking ability and the course he took to do so. Similarly he can develop other skills and get recognised for building them.

Peter can claim a certain number of points if he has specialised in a certain field. Similar to the above, Peter can also improve his breadth of knowledge and get recognised for it.

There are two essential components required for "my I" to function. The first one is that organisations and institutes offering courses, must partner with the "my I" platform and reward "my I" points to anyone taking their courses. The second component is that anyone looking to develop skills and get the, recognised should do it through the "my I" platform

Courses that offer project or experienced based learning will be rewarded more points than those that are purely theoretical in nature.

More details about the T-shaped person.

How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?

Young people will know exactly what skills they lack and how to develop them and get recognised for doing so. This will increase their motivation to learn. Recognition offers a strong incentive for them to do so. Employers can actually know with confidence what skills, apart from specialisation, a potential employee possesses. Moreover, they can see the skills they lack (or even existing employees lack) and help them develop those skills by offering them training or sponsoring a course. Some core skills such as creativity, arts and emotional intelligence have not been given due consideration when compared to other core skills. "my I" will create universal awareness that they are as important as other core skills such as analytical thinking.

What online or in-person components of your concept will best support this transition?

The "my I" platform is envisaged as an on-line platform. A mobile app can also be developed to complement the on-line version.


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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Interesting concept. I think it is interesting to provide a platform providing information on how / where to build skills by linking it with online courses. You could of course imagine that it could also be linked to face-to-face courses people will take. I'm wondering if there would be a way to recognize learning in practice as for the skills you're looking at practice is essential.

Photo of Waris Misbah

Thanks Anne-Laure! You are right that the core skills require a lot of practice, especially leadership and emotional intelligence. I dont think its possible to learn leadership without practice.People taking related courses can be awarded points and credit by the course instructor. my I can have a instructors section, which will enable them to award points. However, they must affiliated with a known institute. Project based learning (PBL) courses will be offered greater points or credit than pure theoretical courses. Moreover PBL courses can have an option for the instructors to provide a reference for student..outlining the skills the student may have learned. Similarly internships and work experiences can be awarded. Does that answer your query?

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Thanks Waris. I think it's great if you can include this in your platform. It might make things a bit more complex to implement but it will clearly make it a much more valuable tool.

Photo of Waris Misbah

Thanks a lot for the feedback.

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