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THREE EASY WAYS TO GET STARTED

The MIX is an open innovation platform that gives every management innovator (and every aspiring management innovator) the chance to learn, share, and make a real impact. The M-Prize is one way to jump in and make a real difference when it comes to improving management thinking and practice. Here's how:

1. TAKE UP A CHALLENGE

Has your organization (or one you know) made significant progress on one of thechallenges we’re currently working on?  Write up a short case study or describe your bold idea and and share it in the challenge forum.  If you’d like to nominate an organization that should be invited to participate in the challenge, you can email us directly.

 

2. HELP OTHERS

Are there M-Prize challenge entries you can make better? If so, offer a comment, suggest a build, or ask a penetrating question. Innovation is a social process--your contributions matter.
 

 

3. GET INSPIRED

Here on the M-Prize site, you'll find game-changing (and battle-tested) ideas, kindred spirits, and resources to help you and your team make progress on truly important problems.  To find the best M-Prize has to offer, you can explore completed M-Prize challenges and past M-Prize winners and finalists.  You should also visit the main M-Prize blog for updates and features.

 

WHY PARTICIPATE?

BECAUSE YOU AIM HIGH...

There may be some folks who are content to work on trivial problems, but you're not one of them. You're excited by the chance to bring your experience and imagination to an important, global-scale challenge.

BECAUSE YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA...

Every radical new management practice starts out as a courageous "What if?" During the course of M-Prize challenges, world-renowned experts and like-minded practitioners will give you valuable feedback to turn your "far out" idea into a real-world management breakthrough. 

BECAUSE YOU WANT YOUR INNOVATION TO SPREAD...

Progressive management practices deserve to be emulated. M-Prize challenges make it easy for management innovators to share their breakthroughs with the world — to enlist passionate peers and to get credit for their pioneering innovation.

BECAUSE IT'S NOT EASY ​BEING A RENEGADE...

Trailblazing is hard and lonely work. During an M-Prize challenge, you'll discover a community of like-minded management rebels who know what it takes to fight the status quo and win — and who are eager to share their hard-won wisdom with others.

BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION...

Tackling the urgent challenge of reinventing management for the 21st century is everybody's business. You don't have to be a guru or a CEO — or even a "manager" by title — to be an effective management innovator.  MIXers aren't solely interested in their own or their organization's success — their highest ambition is to change the game for everybody.

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HOW TO MAKE A WINNING CONTRIBUTION

Everyone who cares about making our organizations fit for the future is invited to join our M-Prize challenges. Below you'll find a few suggestions for creating high-quality contributions to M-Prize challenges:

BE CONTRARIAN

People come to the MIX because they know that the industrial-age management practices found in most organizations today are woefully inadequate to the challenges that lie ahead. They're looking for bold new ideas that will make their organizations more adaptable, innovative, engaging and socially responsible. So don't hold back. Challenge dogma. Upend conventional wisdom. Get radical.

BE CONCISE

Treat the attention of those who are going to read (and review) your posts as a precious commodity. Organize your ideas or story carefully. Include important details, but stay focused.

BE CONCRETE

Structure your contribution so it's easy for others to build on it or borrow from it. Be specific, pragmatic and complete. The more concrete you are, the better the chance that your idea will get traction within the MIX community.

BE CONSTRUCTIVE

As with any sort of innovation, it's often hard to distinguish between ideas that are smart/crazy and ideas that are stupid/crazy—and sometimes you can't be sure until an idea has had some time to grow and mature. So give other MIXers the benefit of the doubt. Feel free to criticize, but take every opportunity to provide constructive advice.

BE COLLABORATIVE

While anyone can review the content on the MIX, the real rewards, both intellectual and reputational, are reserved for those who actually contribute to the community—by submitting original content, or by annotating and assessing content that has been submitted by others. Remember: Innovation doesn't happen in a vacuum—the best ideas usually come out of a collaborative effort. Invite others to help you advance your ideas, and then return the favor.

BE COLORFUL

The MIX isn't some sanitized corporate website, so don't be afraid to use blunt and evocative language. Be honest, be passionate, be funny.

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