These are exciting times for education. But they are also confusing times. From MOOCs to adaptive analytics, to open education, so many new ideas rise and fall so quickly that it can be hard to tell which ones will matter and how they should affect where and how you lead your organization.
That is why we are announcing the formation of MindWires Consulting. We want to help you separate the signal from the noise so that you can position your organization for the coming changes. MindWires is a strategic consulting company that helps higher education institutions, K-12 school districts, and the companies that support them to make necessary changes based on the new world of digital education.
We are craft-oriented shop consisting of experts who have practical experience with the kinds of challenges you are facing. Education is in the midst of turmoil and transformative changes - organizations need expertise and experience for advice rather than canned strategies from junior colleagues. We do this by following a couple of simple principles.
Whether your organization is a university, a governmental agency, a textbook company, an investor or an educational software company, you come to the table with an enduring vision of the value that your organization provides. You have a mission. But maybe you’re not sure how the increasing number of free online courses changes the value of what you provide. Or maybe you’re worried about new competitors or cost pressures. Or maybe you have a solid understanding of where your organization needs to go, but you’re unsure of how to get there. We can help you return to first principles and identify the key, mission-related strengths your organization already has that can continue to serve as the foundation for its future.
Focus on Getting It Done Right
Your problems are practical ones. You don’t just need to hear somebody prognosticate on the future of education. You need to lead your organization, solve problems, and implement programs.
We don’t feel that our job is complete until we see your organization succeeding. We start with practical recommendations that are fitted not only to your organization's mission and goals but also to your team’s capabilities. We have experience actually doing the jobs that need to be done, and we can be your trusted advisor as you evaluate your strategy and make changes. We don’t hire an army of wet-behind-the-ears MBAs to do the work, either; every engagement is led by a seasoned professional. When we don’t have the skills that you need, we will partner with the best specialists in the industry.
Just Getting Started
While we are now officially open for business, today’s announcement is just the beginning. We intend for MindWires Consulting to be the home for many of the most talented people in digital education. We will be building an all-star roster of friends and colleagues across a wide range of functions with different and complementary experiences. Keep an eye on this page for new developments.
We look forward to working with you to make education better.
Michael Feldstein & Phil Hill