What is a Mastermind?
A Mastermind is a small group of people (i.e. 3-15) that gather on a regular basis (e.g. monthly) to discuss a specific subject matter (i.e. an industry or issue). The basic premise of the group is to understand the present or best practice of any subject matter, then, with those insights, have a future-focused discussion. These discussions inspire innovation.
Why should I participate in a Mastermind?
Masterminds give participants insights that can't be found elsewhere. The discussions that happen are tailored to further participants' understanding of the present, give insights into the future, and ultimately inspire innovation. In a world focused on the present, Masterminds facilitates collaborative future thinking.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved in three ways: (1) join an existing Mastermind that is focusing on a topic you're interested in; (2) start a Mastermind about something that you and others are interested in; and/or (3) if you'd like to help out on the Masterminds team and help launch in your city, shoot us an email. A complete list of Masterminds can be found above. If you're interested in starting one, then email us.
What happens during a typical Mastermind?
A typical meeting lasts an hour. People gather at a co-working space, bar, restaurant, living room, or even virtually. After small talk and introductions, each member share what they brought to discuss – a relevent current event, technology, best practice, resource, solution, struggle, issue, etc. Once everyone has shared, the discussion points are determined. Then the group talks through each point: What is it? Why is it significant? What does this mean? Etc.
Once all the points have been discussed in the context of the present, then the group has a conversation in the context of the future. This future-focused discussion seeks to know the future based on their understanding of the present. The Innovation Cycle (an optional resource), can be utilized to facilitate this portion of the discussion or meeting. Once complete, everyone goes their merry way after having a fun-filled, idea-provoking conversation.
What if I am a beginner or don't have much experience with the topic but am interested in learning?
If you are interested enough in a topic to want to join a Mastermind, then see if you can attend a meeting to feel things out. Regular attendees are supposed to have talent / skill / experience in the topic, or at least be able to constribute in discussion. Groups, however, are managed individually, so the level of experience you must have to effectively participate will vary.