Overview

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If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes to formulate the right question. Once I’ve identified the right question I can solve the problem in 5 minutes.
— Albert Einstein

The Fellowship

Each year the Mira Fellowship accepts a small cohort from across the globe with visions of our cultural future. We help them research, test, and formulate this vision into a clear story and an actionable plan. Our future is built from the set of specific actionable ideas available at any one time. The Mira Fellowship exists to make sure there are compassionate actionable visions that include all humans.

Deliverable

At the end of the year each fellow will present their reframed vision and layout specific tested steps necessary to implement.

  • The simple story of their future.

  • The actions it will take to get there.

Commitment

The fellowship will require significant commitment from each fellow. 

  • Bi-monthly coaching meeting: Fellows will check-in with their coaches every other week.

  • Monthly cohort meeting: Fellows will meet online monthly for check-ins, support, and brainstorms.

  • Individual Research: Fellows will be awarded a travel and research stipend to use at their discression.

  • Testing: Fellows must live test their action plan and gather result data.

  • Summits: Fellows will gather in person four times a year for three to four days.

Support

Many cohort participants will choose to stay at their full-time job as we do not provide salary level compensation. Each fellow will receive the following support:

  • Onsite fellow summits: We will bring all fellows together for multiday in-person summits to learn new tools and strategies and work on individual fellow projects. The fellowship will cover transportation, housing, food, and all workshop expenses.

  • Coaching: Each fellow will receive remote coaching support every other week.

  • Cohort Collaboration: Each fellow will be paired with another fellow to provide ongoing thought partnership and accountability.

  • Research Travel Stipend: Fellows will receive a research travel stipend of $5000 to cover the costs of travel for independent research throughout the fellowship.

  • Access to Experts: Fellows will be offered access to experts in the fields they are addressing.

Timeline for Year

Fellows will receive coaching every other week and participate in full cohort meetings once a month.  The cohort will meet in person three times during the year.

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November Gala : Fellowship Launch and Final Presentations
New fellows meet their cohort for the first time and each begin planning their alternative perspectives research. They will open the gala with their aspirations for the coming year. The previous year's fellows will close the gala with their final presentations.

Remote: Alternative Perspectives
Fellows share their findings from their alternative perspectives research and begin to explore potential ways to reframe their challenge.

WINTER MEETING: Reframe and Inspire Working Session
Fellows will share their findings from their research and finalized their reframed challenge statement. The cohort will then collaboratively develop small-scale experiments for each fellow to test the impact of their reframed concept in the larger world.

REMOTE: Testing and Iteration
Fellows will share their testing results and develop their concept accordingly.

REMOTE: Storytelling and the Way Forward
Fellows will begin to develop a succinct story of their concept that they will share at the November 3rd Gala.

REMOTE: Refining the Story
Fellows will focus on best ways to communicate their concept.

SUMMER MEETING: Foresight X (Think Tank Weekend)
Current fellows will join next year's finalists to work with a non-profit partner to solve one of its specific challenges. Current fellows will also share their progress with a finalists for feedback and then advise admissions committee on the selection of next year’s class.

REMOTE: Prepare Presentations
Fellows will develop their presentation and dedicate time to developing a reasonable rollout plan to the larger world.

November Gala : Fellowship Launch and Final Presentations
New fellows meet their cohort for the first time and each begin planning their alternative perspectives research. They will open the gala with their aspirations for the coming year. The previous year's fellows will close the gala with their final presentations.