At Leapian we have developed a philosophy behind why we do what we do and it revolves around a few key issues that we aim to address.
For us, happiness is the ability to enjoy every single moment, no matter the situation and what we are doing. We all have to ‘work’ so let’s make sure that everyone has access to enjoyable meaningful work. We believe that happiness (not at the expense of others) and satisfaction are the highest aims for people in life.
All of the challenges outlined below are interrelated and at Leapian we believe that in solving them we can fulfil our vision and mission.
Challenge 1. The reality for many people is that most of the time spent working or learning is miserable. When we enjoy what we are doing and how we are doing it, then that makes quality time that leads to happiness. We need ways to maximise the amount of enjoyment in the work that we do.
Challenge 2. There are several tried and tested methodologies and skills that once developed allow us to unleash our full potential. However, these are rarely taught during our learning careers. By incorporating these methodologies in our work, our productivity increases and enjoyment is higher.
We want to do more in the time that we have available. Enjoyment and productivity are interlinked - we have more fun when we are more productive. This means increasing efficiency & effectiveness. If you want to spend less time working, then we help you get everything done in less time. If you want to do more, then with the same time as before, we help you do more.
We achieve this by offering toolkits of skills and methodologies for boosting personal effectiveness. At Leapian, we have developed and experienced several of these techniques in our own lifetimes, so we know how effective they can be. This is why we want to discover more of them and include them as part of our tools and services. We have also figured out how to incorporate these methods with modern technology, which allows us to harness these methods far easier than we could before.
Challenge 3. Few people have the freedom to choose what they want to do with their lives (ie. what schools, universities, jobs they go to). To have this freedom, we need:
There are very few schools / universities that offer all of this to their students. At Leapian, we want to help learners cover the points above by working with students, schools and universities. If we harness the skill toolkits to learn and get things done better and more joyfully, then we have the ability to choose the lives that we want to live.
It is important for us to focus our technologies and tools at younger audiences. It is important to start at a young age for 2 reasons: A) the brain is more malleable, so it is much much easier; B) by the time you are 30, you will have spent years practicing these techniques, making you an expert, ready to have an impact on the world.
Rather than spending time developing specific skills for technology soon to become obsolete, our approach is to focus on those universal skills that can be used and applied no matter how the technology or environment changes, making us able to adapt rapidly and live the lives that we truly want to live.
Challenge 4. Machines will automate and replace several jobs.
We believe that this is an amazing opportunity for society: with great automation, we as humans will have to create jobs and work in fields that make use of human creativity such as the arts, crafts, deep innovation, rather than repetitive low-value tasks that can be automated. The key need here is for everyone to develop those skills and abilities that differentiate us from machines.
Now, more than ever before, there is an urgency for people to develop lifelong learning skills so that they can adapt and have the freedom to choose what they want to do. We believe that society also needs more creative problem-solving individuals. We need more creativity to solve our current challenges. The current way of thinking isn’t enough. Let’s focus the next generation on not becoming machines, but rather developing those critical thinking creative problem solving skills that can pull us through the Anthropocene.
Creativity is boosted with the availability of a toolkit of skills, which include knowledge extraction, organisation and retrieval. Creativity and serving others is what makes us different from the machines that are being built to replace us.
Challenge 5. We spend too much time indoors, behind screens and in environments that stifle our creativity and ability to develop ourselves. This is especially the case for students in a classroom setting.
We believe that it is important for everyone to cover a standard curriculum. We also believe that people should have the freedom to spend more time learning and developing the skills where their interests lie. To address challenges 1-3, we believe students need the skills and tools to speed up their learning, so that they have more time available to spend developing other skills and follow their interests.