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Raise Your TQ (UT000)

Embark on a transformative journey to elevate your thinking abilities with our innovative course, "Raise your TQ (UT000)." Designed to help you understand and enhance your cognitive capabilities, our expertly crafted Thinking Quotient Test, provides valuable insights into your thinking patterns, strengths, and areas for improvement.

  • Whether you're seeking to excel in academics, advance your career, or simply enhance your everyday decision-making, this course equips you with the tools and knowledge to unleash your full thinking potential.
  • Guided by the TQ Inventors, you'll learn practical strategies and techniques to optimize your thinking abilities and overcome your biases.
  • Uncover the keys to mastering your mind and achieving greater success in all aspects of life.
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The Science of Thinking in <12m (UT001)

In just 12 minutes, you'll see the principles of DSRP theory—the underlying structure of human thought.This course provides a clear and accessible introduction to DSRP theory, breaking down its core concepts of Distinctions, Systems, Relationships, and Perspectives. Through engaging visuals and real-world examples, you'll gain a deep understanding of how DSRP shapes our perceptions, decisions, and problem-solving abilities.

  • Discover how DSRP theory can enhance your critical thinking skills, empower you to navigate complexity with confidence, and unleash your full cognitive potential.
  • Whether you're a student, professional, or lifelong learner, this course offers invaluable insights into the science of thinking that can transform how you approach challenges and opportunities in every aspect of your life.
Intro to Cognitive Moves (UT005)

In this dynamic course, you'll learn and apply five essential cognitive moves that elevate your thinking skills, empowering you to navigate life's challenges with clarity and confidence. Led by Drs. Derek and Laura Cabrera, this course explores actionable strategies to enhance your decision-making prowess, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and cultivate emotional intelligence.

  • From identifying cognitive biases to understanding complex systems, you'll learn practical techniques to optimize your thought processes and make informed choices.
  • Interactive exercises and real-world scenarios, help you develop a deeper understanding of your own cognitive patterns and emotional responses, enabling you to approach situations with greater empathy, resilience, and adaptability.
  • Apply these moves immediately to your daily work and life.
Intro to Thinking in Systems (UT101)

In today's world, understanding complex systems, thinking flexibly, and solving problems are key to success. Intro to Thinking in Systems (UT101) is an online course that offers practical tools to analyze complex situations.

  • Enhance your problem-solving skills and improve your thinking abilities.
  • Understand your thinking process and know how to navigate the complexities of the modern world more effectively.
  • Led by Cornell University faculty, Drs. Derek and Laura Cabrera.
Visualize Your Thinking (UT201)
  • Visualizing Systems is an essential and deeply practical skill that makes your thinking visible and tangible. Once you've been introduced to the basic concepts in Intro to Thinking in Systems (UT101) it's time to visualize it with UT 201.In this course, you'll learn how to map any system, regardless of their level of complexity.
  • Use hands-on examples to practice making beautiful and easily understandable maps.
  • You'll learn skills that you can use in any software or medium including white boarding or on the back of a napkin.
  • Self-paced online course taught by Cornell University faculty, Drs. Derek and Laura Cabrera.
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Thinking Research Made Simple (UT400)

In this comprehensive course, we distill a vast body of empirical research on DSRP Theory—the foundational framework that unveils the underlying structures of human thought. Led by expert researchers, Derek and Laura Cabrera, this course offers a concise summary of key findings and insights from empirical studies that illustrate the functional nuances of Distinctions, Systems, Relationships, and Perspectives.

  • Engaging lecture, illustrative examples, and Q&A session.
  • Gain a deep understanding of how DSRP and its elements shape perception, reasoning, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Whether you're a student, educator, or curious learner, this course provides invaluable knowledge and perspectives that can enrich your understanding of human thought and enhance your thinking skills. 
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Adaptive Leadership in <12m (UTL001)

Explore the fascinating world of organizational dynamics in less than 15 minutes with our course, “Adaptive Leadership in <12m (UTL001).”  In this bite-sized learning experience, discover how organizations resemble the intricate workings of natural systems, drawing parallels to the adaptable and resilient nature of the humble amoeba. 

  • Uncover the similarities between the four functions of organizational structures and the behavior of amoebas. 
  • Learn how organizations, like amoebas, can exhibit agility, respond to stimuli, and adapt to changing environments.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how embracing the principles of natural systems can enhance organizational effectiveness and foster innovation.
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Intro to Adaptive Leadership (UTL101)

Introducing "Intro to Adaptive Leadership"! This self-paced online journey, (UTL 101), equips you with the tools to design, manage, and lead adaptive teams and organizations while fostering cultural change. From crafting compelling visions and missions to mapping capacities and fostering learning systems, you'll learn how to optimize productivity and nurture a thriving organizational culture.

  • Embrace a systems approach to change management and unlock the potential of your team and organization.
  • Embark on this transformative journey and become a dynamic leader capable of steering your organization towards success in today's ever-evolving landscape.
  • In this interactive course, spanning 5-6 hours and designed for flexible learning, you'll delve into the foundations of adaptive leadership and enjoy the freedom to work at your own pace.
Vision-Mission Bootcamp (UTL201)
Vision-Mission Bootcamp (UTL201)
Our research led to the creation of several reliable "litmus tests" of Vision and Mission (and also Capacity and Learning). These litmus tests are invaluable tools for designing an effective Vision and Mission. Using our unique Bootcamp approach, you and your team will create a short, simple, exciting, and effective Vision and Mission that will guide your organization for years, if not decades, to come.
  • Build a Vision-Mission that  will help you to manage and lead your organization.
  • See your organization in a whole new light....
  • Discover a powerful Vision-Mission with our research-backed bootcamp.
  • Go beyond platitudes; shift from workforce to thinkforce. Proven results immediately.
Systems & Culture Bootcamp (UTL401)

Building off of the Vision & Mission Bootcamp, this course focuses on organizational capacity, learning and culture. UTL401 teaches leaders and managers the essential skills and strategies needed to cultivate a high-performing organization. This course explicates the principles of organizational development, focusing on building capacity, fostering a culture of continuous learning, creating an adaptive culture to align teams with a compelling vision. Through engaging lectures, interactive workshops, and real-world case studies, participants will gain practical insights into:

  • Developing robust organizational structures and mission driven systems to support growth and adaptability.
  • Implementing effective learning initiatives and knowledge-sharing practices to drive innovation and improvement.
  • Cultivating a vision-driven culture that inspires and motivates teams to achieve collective goals.

Whether you're leading a small team or managing a large organization, this course equips you with the tools and knowledge to create an environment where individuals thrive, teams excel, and the organization flourishes. 

Prompting AI with DSRP (UT301)
Prompting AI with DSRP (UT301)

In this cutting-edge course, participants will unlock the keys to maximizing the output and effectiveness of artificial intelligence (AI) systems using the power of DSRP theory. This innovative program explores how the principles of Distinctions, Systems, Relationships, and Perspectives (DSRP) can serve as a guide to crafting strategic prompts that elicit superior results from AI algorithms. Through interactive sessions and practical exercises, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify key distinctions within data sets to enhance AI comprehension and accuracy.
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships between data inputs and desired outputs to improve predictive capabilities.
  • Consider diverse perspectives and contexts when formulating prompts to ensure AI responsiveness and adaptability.

Whether you're a scientist, athlete, parent, practitioner, or business leader this course offers invaluable insights and strategies to elevate your AI-driven decision-making and problem-solving capabilities.

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What if as well as teaching students what to think, we also taught them HOW to think? This simple but profound idea is the foundation for RE:THINKING, the new educational documentary that inspires us to rethink schools. It gives insight to policy makers, school administrators, parents, and the public. It offers hope to those seeking more from the current educational system.

RE:THINKING is a film that shows rather than tells. It captures the voices of students, teachers, administrators and researchers and shows what can happen when they are all on the same page.  This full length documentary film follows the work of the Cabrera Lab in schools around the country. Watch the film and engage with other educators about what can be done to change a system we all know is broken.

"Derek and Laura are masterclass."

Cheryl from Boston, MA | ThinkU Student

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