Until the end of May we, the four members of Kadaver, were proud students at the Danish based education, The Kaospilots. It is to a large extend because of the school’s influence on us and the things we were taught there, we are finding ourselves in a situation as partners in our own company – Kadaver –
Through the three years of education we have been asked numerous times what The Kaospilots are taught, what they can do and what we would end up with when the educational program was concluded. Some months after our graduation it might be time to come up with an answer and maybe even some reflections about what we, through me Jacob, believe was essential for our stay.
To start somewhere I can tell you what the school communicates to the world. It is also what caught our attention in the beginning, so maybe it is a good place to start. The school works to educate young people (20-30 year olds -‘ish) in the fields of business-, process-, and project-design. What comes out in the end is; project leaders, entrepreneurs and consultants. But what made the school appealing to us was the element of combining these traits with social innovation, sustainability and cultural diversity. I guess if it had not been for these elements the school’s curriculum could resemble any other business school’s. I believe that it is in the combination in a traditional business-like aspects like marketing, management and branding with the before mentioned social responsible aspects that the school becomes truly relevant for both us and hopefully the world.
What I believe is most relevant for us as a company is the way that the school has given us the feeling that we can really make a difference. So without hesitation we can declare that we are on a mission to save the world – no more, no less…
One of the things I remember from the last couple of semesters at school are the talks we had on what will happen on the other side – I think we called it the gap. What I know now is that the school has helped making the transition from student to a professional life easier than I thought it would be. Because what we have done in the last three years and the project that we have been engaged in has been as close to being what we are facing right now.
In growing up I remember the focus that was on my generation – born in the eighties. We were pretty much the smallest generations in many many years. That, I was told, meant that I could pretty much choose my career and eventually my job – no questions asked. I think this whole notion followed me to the Kaospilots. But then the economic crises struck and the jobs that I wanted and the projects that I wanted to work on decreased. In that situation I am also grateful to the school. I think I could have panicked, but I believe that the school has made it possible for me to adapt to a new situation even one as vast as the current global economic climate. When we started Kadaver we knew and was told numerous times that we could not have picked a worse time to start a company and especially not one that focused on soft values when everybody else was focusing on bottom-lines. We did anyway, because we saw and still see potential – maybe now in different areas than we did two years ago. That way of handling changes is undoubtedly one of the core capabilities of the Kaospilots.
And when it comes to capabilities I remember I was once told that I had an “interesting” profile. That was to a large extend because of my educational background. This happened when looking for an internship position I naturally asked what she meant by this. I did not get a reply, but I think that I have some thoughts on what the core capabilities of a Kaospilot is. First and foremost this is my thoughts and that is one of the beautiful things about the way the school teaches – it is up to the individual student to focus on what they find relevant, essential and engaging either during their stay at school or after graduation. That makes for a diverse group of graduates both in terms of professional capabilities and – due to the application workshop – personality.
In figuring out what I believe the Kaospilots can do I have both looked on, well, myself but also the three other Kaospilots that have chosen to spend their everyday with me. We recently carried out an assignment that I feel underlined what we and other Kaospilots do best. The result of the assignment is posted somewhere below this post. I know that we chose to deal with the assignment alternatively, creatively and innovative… Blah, Blah, Blah… Those terms are about as in-concrete as they get! What we did was focus on people. We got under their skin and appealed to them right there and then. We communicated in a simple way that did not take a five year degree in communication to understand. And that I believe is a great trait. That comes from a combination of being taught both elements of anthropology and sociology, but most relevantly that their lies infinite potential in all people. That last ability is largely due to be slapped around with the sentence “natural, creative, resourceful and whole” – referring to people in general. So Thanks Paul... You might just be right.
Another thing I noticed and deeply appreciated during the project happened on the day of the event. The event was depended on a lot of things that was completely out of our hands. For instance rain would have been a pretty destructive force to deal with – there was pretty much nothing we could do but wait for the weather forecast and then decide on a plan B. Luckily the sun was out on the day, so nothing had to change. Something on the other hand did change that day. We where informed that the town square would be ours on the day and that no one else would be there. Then 30 minutes before we where to execute the assignment 3 massive lorries rolled up… For a second we thought everything would collapse as they where to put up three tent and crane. That would ruin the picture. What I noticed was Søren, who is sitting across the room from me right now. He walked up to the different lorry-drivers and asked them if they could move their stuff to different locations and please be done in 30 minutes… A pretty bold move but it worked – they moved their stuff and left us with a window of 45 minutes to execute two event, which meant 30 minutes less than we had anticipated… And this is where one of the capabilities of the Kaospilots kicks in. Not only did we take the new circumstances into consideration I also believe that they and our handling helped make the event and the documentation even better. That situation was about change ready-ness and no one does it better.
I think this is a post that I will keep building on, as more stuff regarding the school will undoubtedly put up along the way.