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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.

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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 Meena Kadri

Great visualisations, Waris! I'm keen to know how potential employers will engage in a young person's my I profile? Will the young person send it to them when they are applying for work or do you imagine something else. I wonder if there might also be an opportunity around collaborating with folks like LinkedIn so that you could add a snippet from your My I profile to one's profile there? Looking forward to comments and builds from others on your great idea!

Photo of Waris Misbah

Thanks Meena. Young people can post the link to their my I profile on their CV and their application. Most of the jobs applications today do ask the applicant to provide links to their blogs, websites or twitter profile ( if they have one). It is quite similar to how IDEO asks potential applicants to post the link of their OpenIDEO profile. Yes you are right that my I can be integrated with platforms such as Linkedin, Coursera, Udemy and other similar platforms. Even universities can grant credits to students on their my I profile.This can be done in form of a plugin. Thats how I imagine it to be. A universal skill management platform that eases the entire process of building skills and get recognised for it. Linkedin's current skills section can somewhat be inaccurate (Young people may find it tempting to exaggerate). my I can act as a virtual replacement that will be accurate ; live and interactive; and accredited.

Photo of Waris Misbah

As for the engagement bit I have added a crude mockup of what the platform will look like and how one can browse a my I profile. However, I intend to be more interactive than it currently appears to be.