Eq Thinking

This model is a heartbeat of all the activities, programmes, curriculums and projects of the Centre for Enterprise Practice. It consists of three steps, which could be described as “Experience” – “Create” – “Initiate”. Each phase is supported with certain methodologies and equipped with toolboxes.

Eq Thinking

Experience

The goal of the first phase, is to create meaningful experiences for individual, team and partners. We bring together specialists of their field, business representatives from different spheres and ambitious students. The basis for the next levels and steps is to engage students in creative and initiative processes with mind and emotions. The main methods in this step are based on experience design, positive psychology, the narrative approach, couching.

Individual and group experiences are reflected with the help of a mentor. Personal development is implemented using a special diary, focused on students’ self-analysis and their own personal masteries.

Create

The goal of this step is to design any kind of ideas and prototype them within the value-creating process. This phase is about understanding the given challenge/problem, creation, shaping, forming, experimenting , testing and questioning. It is a process that demands flexibility and a hunger for constant evolution. By continually iterating, refining, and improving the world of ideas we unlock our creativity and discover a variety of approaches.

During this step the core element is working in interdisciplinary teams while solving the “real-life” cases and challenges of business companies, social organisations, communities.
Teams develop ideas, using lots of creative techniques and methodologies, such as “Experience Design®”; “Design Thinking®”; “User Experience Design®”; “Lego Serious Play®”, “Points of you®” “Business Model Canvas®”, “Method Kit®”, “Personal Business Model You®”, etc.

Initiate

The goal of this phase is to make developed ideas alive by making a real impact on the business or social community. Students establish new connections, identify and seize opportunities to create valuable solutions. Competences, gained in “Experience” and “Create” steps are practically cultivated in “Real-life” context. Reflection and learning from both success and failure occur.

“EQ-Thinking” model is supported by two ecosystems: “Smart Practice” and “Multicultural field”.

“SMART PRACTICE” is a supporting system of the model, for creating valuable partnerships between students and business communities. The system combines “real-life” challenges and cases together with learning processes and individual / group experiences for the students. The results include business receiving new ideas and insights, whilst the students benefit from developing entrepreneurial capabilities and future business networks.

MULTICULTURAL FIELD is based on the “Smart Practice” concept, but additionally is supplemented with an international dimension. It means, that students solve cases / challenges in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams. This system is implemented in international bootcamps, cases, solved by international students, study visits by international lectors. It also includes traineeships abroad for the team and for students.

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