Part II: Identifying Problems & Developing Solutions
What do current employers need in their workforce? The 21st century skills of critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and diversity top the list. SquareUp modules described below blend each of these essential skills with relevant real life case studies and a nonlinear approach to career development.
Introduction to Business Modeling
The backbone of this module is the introduction to the business model canvas. Different from a traditional business plan, this approach highlights the dynamic interplay of key factors and fosters a deep respect for interconnectivity and flexibility. By approaching business modeling through a novel and creative lens, learners are better able to understand, and take advantage of, the interdependency of many parts as they relate to a whole. The result is flexible, goal-driven business modeling learners can apply to multiple endeavors.
This module, a definitive turning point in the course, gives learners the freedom to create their own business model canvas synthesizing their learning with business fundamentals: defining value proposition, marketing a concept, receiving constructive feedback, and more. Unique to SquareUp, the learner works collaboratively with peer mentors to ensure their work and mindsets are ready for the marketplace. This module engages creativity and innovation as multiple forms of brainstorming and idea generation are essential to its learning.
This module is the knowledge bridge that links their present realities to their dynamic futures. By highlighting various career paths and troubleshooting anticipated obstacles, these sessions position the learner to take the myriad new skills and build something meaningful upon re-entering the workforce. Learners demonstrate economic and entrepreneurial literacy and self-direction as they connect their Square Up learning to short and long-term future endeavors.
Kristen Daniel is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KnewSkill, a social enterprise that designs soft skills content for businesses and organizations preparing returning citizens and other adult learners with barriers for the 21st-century workplace.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Kristen is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kristen’s skills include business-to-business sales, instructional design, live instruction and project management.
In 2016, Kristen received two invitations to the White House to share her expertise and work with the formerly incarcerated. In 2017, she received the Federal Bureau of Prisons Volunteer of the Year Award for US Penitentiary Atlanta and was one of ten female social entrepreneurs chosen for the 2017 Center for Civic Innovation Women's Fellowship, an investment supported by the Sarah Blakely Foundation.