1. What is Mindsfield?

2. Who is Mindsfield for?

3. Do I have to be a skilled professional to participate?

4. How did Mindsfield begin?

5. Why is Mindsfield doing this?

6. How does Mindsfield work?

7. How does the open solutions step work?

8. How does the decision making step work?

9. How does the project management organization step work?

10. What business needs does Mindsfield treat?

11. What does a contributor get by participating to projects?

12. How much time and effort does it take to take part in a project?

13. How is the evaluation framework structured?

14. What does an issue owner get by opening a call?

15. Is this a competition or a collaboration?

16. How is the privacy of information managed?

17. How is the intellectual property managed?

18. What is the Mindsfield revenue model?

19. Who are the main stakeholders?

20. What characterizes Mindsfield?

21. I'm interested to join the internal network, what should I do?

22. How do I submit a solution?

23. What is the deadline to provide a solution?

24. After I submit a solution, how much time does it take to be notified of the results?

25. I have an issue and I'd like to open a call, what should I do?

26. What do I do if I forget my username and/or password?

27. How can I ask questions about a particular project?

28. My question is not listed above!

 

 

1. What is Mindsfield?

Mindsfield is an educational and crowdsourcing environment that enables interested people to solve organization's key business problems by participating to projects. Mindfield properly connects young professionals, employees, firms, professors and universities in order to create the largest pool of talents providing managerial, strategical and business solutions.

 

2. Who is Mindsfield for?

Mindsfield doesn't discriminate among people, but believes that self-motivation and ability to share organization's values are the relevant drivers that should shape the relationships with all its stakeholders. In particular, Mindsfield doors are open to:

  • contributors: higher education students, researchers, young professionals, professionals, freelancers, experts;

  • firms: start ups, small businesses, corporations or institution's departments, consulting firms, research institutes and head hunting companies;

  • professors: international professors of organizational, managerial or business related disciplines;

  • universities: institutions open to integrate their educational programs with an experiential education service.

 

3. Do I have to be a skilled professional to participate?

Absolutely not ! Most of the innovation comes from the interaction of different profiles. Mindsfield facilitates the analytical and contribution process providing specific tools, aimed to cover for the lack of experience many participants might show. Ofcourse experience matter, but to openly approach the future, self-motivation and passion are the main resources to leverage on.

 

4. How did Mindsfield begin?

The idea for Mindsfield comes from the need of a better educational system. The first discussion arose while answering the question “What would you suggest to improve your MBA program?”. After a clear interest pointed out by the academic (students and university staff) and professional environment (consulting companies, banks, small businesses and head hunting firms), the project started with the help of many MBA colleagues. The highly innovative purpose of the project, together with the need of strong dedication and time available, forced many people of the initial team to reconsider their position, yet still maintaining an important relationship that still nowadays supports most of the activities. On May 2013 Mindsfield Ltd has been founded in the UK, learning from 9 months of analysis and discussion, however Mindsfiled is about the crowd of participants who join and contribute to openly shape the whole environment.

 

5. Why is Mindsfield doing this?

Because innovation can emerge from the collaboration of many self-motivated people who, passionate for their job, can inspire and get inspired by other peers. Curiosity and learning are powerful tools that must be empowered providing valuable opportunities. Mindsfield believes that intellectual capital must be open and available to all the people who are interested and are able to bring in their contribution.

 

6. How does Mindsfield work?

Mindsfield operates through its internal professional network where participants interact according to Mindsfield operational process. The goal of the service that Mindsfiled is aimed to provide is to affect firms' business through the identification and implementation of a specific solution to a particular need. The operational process is structured around 3 main phases:

  1. open solutions: business and crowd interact through Mindsfiled in order to collect many solutions to a certain business need;

  2. decision making: the decision making process among the firm, Mindsfield and selected contributors, supports the identification of the proper solution;

  3. project management organization: the project plan and support is provided to the clients during the implementation phase.

 

7. How does the open solutions step work?

The open solution phase of the whole Mindsfield operational process works through 5 steps:

  1. open a project call: a business issue owner fills the form with a general description of his/her need. The form is posted by Mindsfield into the group “open calls list” and into a specific project's group of its internal professional network. Each potential contributor can see the whole list of projects in which he/she can participate and join in the related group.

  2. consult the DataBook: Mindsfield provides a specific analytical tool (called DataBook) that the issue owner can leverage on in order to better describe his/her own issue. Mindsfiled posts it in the related project group in order to support the discussion and solution development. The use of the DataBook is not mandatory, but strongly recommended as it enhances contributors to understand better the underlying issues.

  3. fill of the SolutionsBook: Mindsfiled provides a reporting tool (called SolutionsBook) that the contributor may use to describe his/her solution. Additional tools are provided in order to facilitate and promote the achievement of a continously more efficient outcome from both the firm and contributor side (WIKI groups, virtual boards,...). The use of the SolutionsBook is not mandatory, but strongly recommended in order to facilitate the communication and evaluation of each contribution.

  4. post and call for feedback: each contributor is invited to follow the internal operational process where a first round of feedback can be collected in order to consolidate the job done;

  5. communication to the issue owner: at the deadline of the project, Mindsfield collects the SolutionsBook and send them to the business owner through a private channel. His/her evaluation will be returned to the contributors.

 

8. How does the decision making step work?

The decision making phase of the whole Mindsfield operational process represents an optional step for the issue owner. While he can select one or more solutions among those collected, the issue owner can exploit the Mindsfiled decision making support through:

  1. the organization of meetings (3 or 4 according to the complexity), where the Mindsfield expertise is provided to support the firm's choice of the solution;

  2. the disclosure of contacts to certain contributors and the organizations of specific clarification meetings to understand better the contributions.

 

9. How does the project management organization step work?

The project management organization phase of the Mindsfield operational process enables the issue owner to receive an action plan aimed to realize the solution chosen. This steps is articulated over the following actions:

  1. open of a PMO call: the businesses owner opens a PMO call describing the solution he/she wants to implement. Mindsfield posts the call in its internal professional network;

  2. plan preparation: contributors interested in supporting the implementation process can propose (individually or forming teams) an action plan;

  3. clients alignment: the issue owner selects the action plan and meets up with the contributor to arrange a short term support and monitoring of the activities;

  4. evaluation: Mindsfield will return the evaluation received by the firms to the contributor.

 

10. What business needs does Mindsfield treat?

Mindsfield area of competences spread among business, management and organization development. In particular, 5 types of projects can be opened within Mindsfield network:

  • organizational development, aimed to assess and enhance important elements of an organizational structure of any firm or department;

  • business model review, aimed to describe and adjust a businesses model of any type of business;

  • risk management framework, aimed to analyze and establish a managerial framework of the potential risks affecting any business or organization;

  • marketing strategy, aimed to address at best the marketing strategy of any firm;

  • supply chain management, aimed to observe and reorganize the supply chain of a specific business.

 

11. What does a contributor get by participating to projects?

Mindsfield rewards each contribution through an evaluation and points. We believe that a competitive approach, where just the “winner” of a contest gets something, isn't fair or sustainable for the time spent by contributors. Whereas the contributions selected by the issue owner will be rewarded, other contributions will receive an evaluation, points and will be considered by Mindsfield in order to improve market and improve its service in its participant’s interest.

 

12. How much time and effort does it take to take part in a project?

It's up to you ! It's Mindsfield's objective to improve its operational process in order to provide a continously efficient experience. At the moment, in each step, it presents a specific tool facilitating the whole solution process (like the DataBook to study the problem, the virtual board to represent the idea, the SolutionBook to structure the solution,...). While we are addressing most of the value received by your contributions to gamefy the whole process, the effort required depends on your goals and attention to detail in providing a winning solution. A clear solution can be described in a day through the tools available, but it is suggested to spend on average 3/4 full days in order to properly think about the problem, collect information, describe the solutions and analyze its impact.

A week for collecting feedback, moreover, is strongly recommended from the perspective of a personal growth.

 

13. How is the evaluation framework structured?

According to the instructions available in Mindsfield professional network, each contributor is evaluated with respect to 4 main aspects: collaboration, innovation, analytical and client relationship skills.

A badge-based framework enables each contributor to express and receive an evaluation about a particular aspect of their professional experience and accumulate scores, which allow their profile to grow accordingly. Badges are covering a wide range of aspects of a profile and are more detailed than the above mentioned 4 skills: grouping them (summing up points) it is possible to evaluate and track the personal development of different skills.

Evaluations rights are distributed among

  • peers, other contributors who collaborate or evaluate others' ideas;

  • professors, who provide a specialized evaluation of the analytical skills developed;

  • issue owners, who are mainly involved in the final choice or implementation of the solution;

  • Mindsfield process, which assigns points about the innovation and participation attitude.

 

14. What does an issue owner get by opening a call?

An issue owner, typically a firm, can leverage on the participation of a global crowd of professionals who elaborate and provide solutions to business issues.

The first outcome of the Mindsfield solution process is a set of solutions that can be considered by an issue owner. Instead of receiving just 1 or few options, Mindsfield purpose is that of enabling the collections of many options originated by different perspectives among people from all over the world.

Secondly, Mindsfield would be available to support the management decision process of the each director/manager through the organization of meeting facilitating the understanding of the final choice. Finally, a business owner, exploiting the Project Management service, can also collect specific implementation plans and leverage on the support of interested participant who are aimed to put their effort at the service of a managerial experience.

 

15. Is this a competition or a collaboration?

Collaboration ! ! Mindsfield believes that competition is not sustainable for intellectual tasks and has a great respect for each intellectual effort. Even if just one solution might be chosen by an issue owner, each contribution will receive an evaluation and points according to Mindsfield's evaluation framework. While the group-work is highly promoted, divergent individual views and understanding of the problem can emerge and drive alternative solutions. In Mindsfield both of the approaches are part of the whole creation of value for all of the stakeholders involved.

 

16. How is the privacy of information managed?

The privacy of information and data collected are firstly guaranteed by our attention to satisfy all the regulatory requirements we are asked to respect. In particular, we have been registered at the UK Information Commisioner's Office (ICO) in order to ensure our commitment and constantly track the related news and standards.

From a more operation point of view, as described in our Terms of Use and Privacy and Cookies Policy, Mindsfield discloses the information received by participants, supervising the correct behavior and respecting their decisions. Contacts of parties will be disclosed during a second step, once a material willingness of both, the issue owner and the contributor, creates the basis for the establishment of a professional relationship.

 

17. How is the intellectual property managed?

Mindsfield is aware of opening up the intellectual property. We believe that the value of rejecting to patent an idea is largely outweighed by the benefit that a society can progress in a quicker and more efficient way. Mindsfield encourages each participant, contributor and business owner to disclose their information without fear of loosing value: most of the value resides in exchanging feedback and in reciprocal inspiration, learning something new and enhancing their own visions. The Terms of Use and Privacy and Cookies Policy describes Mindsfield position with respect to the intellectual property.

 

18. What is the revenue model?

It follows the Freemium approach, check the pricing page.

 

19. Who are the main stakeholders?

The value creation process is inspired by a shared value approach among participants, businesses and academic organizations.

 

20. What characterizes Mindsfield?

A strong education approach mainly focused on the crowd participants, but it is also aimed to affect the business and community awarness of crowdsourcing and open-innovation.

 

21. I'm interested to join the internal network, what should I do?

Mindsfield professional network access works through an invitation approach, due to our need to guarantee the collection of appropriate information. The process is not associated to any sort of discrimination and it works in the following way:

  1. click on Join button appearing in www.mindsfield.org and start to interact with Mindsfield;

  2. as a you are interested to get in the internal network, choose “Get the invitation to Mindsfield professional network” to ask for the invitation to the internal network;

  3. submit the form answering the few questions you find over it. The relevance of your answers is of huge value to Mindsfield, which is constantly oriented to create value for its participants. Sending incomplete forms doesn't guarantee the invitation;

  4. as soon as possible you will receive Mindsfield's acceptance and the invitation to its professional network.

 

22. How do I submit a solution?

To submit a solution you must post it into the related project's group opened in the internal network stating in the name of your proposal the word “Final”. Mindsfield will collect them and publish the whole SolutionsBook, also sent to the issue owner, in the same group after the deadline is reached.

 

23. What is the deadline to provide a solution?

Issue owner can establish a deadline to receive proposed solutions. Make sure to post your solution proposal as soon a possible, even if it is before the deadline. The feedback and peer evaluation process might help you enhance your solution and increase your probability of establishing a relationship with the associated business owner.

 

24. After I submit a solution, how much time does it take to be notified of the results?

It depends. Issue owners are asked to send an answer to Mindsfield as soon as possible.

You will be notified if your submission is accepted or rejected. When available, we include detailed feedback from the issue owner about your submission.

 

25. I have an issue and I'd like to open a call, what should I do?

Opening a call in Mindsfield professional network requires you to proceed as it follows:

  1. click on Join button appearing in www.mindsfield.org and start to interact with Mindsfield;

  2. as a you are interested to open a project, choose “Login to manage your call”;

  3. once logged in you are asked to fill the open call form that will be posted by Mindsfield in the professional network;

  4. you will receive regular updates about the solutions collected and support to enhance their collection process.

 

26. What do I do if I forget my username and/or password?

Send us an email at management@mindsfield.org, we'll help you as soon as possible.

 

27. How can I ask questions about a particular project?

Each project is associated to a group that represents a place where contributors can share information, comments and feedback about the project and their ideas. Most of the technical information a contributor might have are answered through the DataBook posted in each group's material. Extraordinary situations, harnessed by a relevant number of contributors, might originate the need of a special request for clarification to the client.

A specific fine tuning of the solution proposed will be possible once the solution has been accepted and admitted to the management decision process short list. At that point, the issue owner and the contributor can directly discuss further details tailoring the solution to further information released by the business owner.

 

28.My question is not listed above!

For any additional question please contact us directly.

 

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