INTERVIEW AN INNOVATOR PROGRAM
Explore Your Career Interests, Learn Critical Digital Communication Skills & Establish a Professional Digital Footprint
Eight short dynamic videos (5-10 minutes each), a student workbook and an accompanying curriculum guide that can be customized by each educator.
Students interview an "innovator" - someone who seems to be doing innovative work in an area that is personally of interest to the student. The interviews are open-ended but should generally focus on the innovator's career journey and how they plan to innovate in the future. Students identify the innovator they would interview through one of five possible ways: 1) a family member, 2) a friend, 3) someone selected through online research or 4) via the school's alumni network.
Students create content that is published on the Global Innovators Academy public facing blog, a content platform that aspires to be the go-to resource for how young talent view entrepreneurship and innovation. Content can also be published on the school's Career Center blog or other institutional asset.
The timing will vary, but it would be expected that students could go through the entire process of identifying and interviewing an innovator, writing the story and ultimately getting it published in about 2-3 months.
Feedback would come not only from students' teachers, but also from a global audience.
Separate versions of the curriculum are available for both high schools and universities.
Benefits for educators
The course is a resource to support:
High school guidance / college counselors who want to expose students to careers that are of interest to them. As a result, students can make more informed decisions about colleges to attend and majors to pursue. By creating professional content that is available online, students are able to share a public-facing content asset that can be used in college applications.
Leadership and staff working in university career centers who want to expose students to different internships to explore during college and jobs to pursue post-graduation. By creating professional content that is available online, students are more marketable during their job search.
Students can interview alumni. Thus the Interview an Innovator experience can be a valuable way to connect graduates with students. We work with schools to customize the content. Options include additional live and virtual in-person sessions, proactive support for students and incorporating school branding and messaging in all course materials.
Video: The world needs innovators like you!
Related Experiential Activity: Students to identify areas of entrepreneurship and innovation that they would like to explore at a personal level.
Video: Connect with an individual of interest.
Related Experiential Activity: Students to identify individuals to interview, rank them in order of preference, and then begin reaching out to them to arrange an interview (understanding that rejection is possible and they need to work their way down their preference list before identifying the right individual).
Video: Conduct a successful interview.
Related Experiential Activity: Students to use practical video conferencing tools (like Zoom) if they will be conducting the interview remotely; how to prepare questions.
Video: Write a compelling article.
Related Experiential Activity: Students to write an article based on the key learning and takeaways from the interview.
Video: Edit your article and incorporate visuals.
Related Experiential Activity: Students to deploy self-editing tactics and then send the article to a classmate for their feedback. Students would also learn how to incorporate visuals to complement their writing.
Video: Gain approval from the interviewee.
Related Experiential Activity: Students to send article to the individual they interviewed and get their feedback.
Video: Publish and promote your content.
Related Experiential Activity: Promote your published content through your individual networks, the school's various communications channels and the interviewee’s networks.
Video: Interpret feedback.
Related Experiential Activity: Students would evaluate feedback from their teacher, classmates and the public readers of their article and identify opportunities for improvement in the future.
Young professionals need to innovate throughout their careers. The curriculum for this course incorporates some of the important skills that personify innovators.
The Global Innovators Academy is an initiative within Experiential Communications, a communications consultancy founded by Kevin Anselmo (pictured) that provides experiential digital communications training to different audiences. Passionate about communications, education, innovation and entrepreneurship, Kevin founded the concept for the Global Innovators Academy.
Based in Sarasota, Florida, Kevin has developed online courses and in-person workshops that have been delivered for the likes of the College Advising Corps; Duke Corporate Education; Duke University’s Global Value Chains Center; Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight; George Mason University’s School of Business, IEDC Bled School of Management; North American Society for the Sociology of Sport; North Carolina State University’s Emerging Issues Initiative; RTI International; Seattle University; University of Tor Vergata in Rome; and VIF International Education.
Previously, Kevin was Director of Public Relations for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and prior to that managed the media relations for IMD in Switzerland. Kevin lived and worked in Switzerland for eight years and in Germany for two years. He has led communications initiatives in various countries around the world. Here are what others say about his workshops for researchers:
“Kevin Anselmo of Experiential Communications customized his curriculum for our group and led an interactive, hands-on workshop that was very well received by our research team. Using the materials Kevin presented, I have read several compelling articles from my colleagues that we have been able to disseminate on our blog and external media outlets. Our team’s ability to better communicate their research findings will benefit us for years to come." - Aline Holzwarth, Principal, Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University
"Kevin Anselmo engaged a sizeable - and initially skeptical - group of senior faculty leaders in a lively, hands-on workshop on enhancing strategic communication about research and creative work. Our group left energized, more confident in their ability to gain visibility for complex findings and programs, and grateful. Bravo!” - Rogan Kersh, Provost, Wake Forest University
"The media training sessions provided by Experiential Communications were interactive, effective and highly enjoyable. Kevin has a polished but informal and approachable training style that worked really well for our team. We are already implementing many of the ready-to-use ideas we discussed and have set in motion several longer-term initiatives identified during the sessions.” - David Young CEO, Participate