They are a craft-oriented educational technology consulting practice, founded by Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill, consisting of experts who have both broad educational and industry perspective and experience getting the work done.
They follow several basic principles in their approach to their work.
Whether your organization is a school, an education company, an educational policy maker, or an investor in education companies, you come to the table with an enduring vision of the value that your organization provides. You have a mission. But maybe you’re not sure how the increasing number of free online courses changes the value of what you provide. Or maybe you’re worried about new competitors or cost pressures. They start by focusing on first principles and identifying the key, mission-related strengths your organization already has that can continue to serve as the foundation for its future.
Strategic but Practical
Some consulting shops primarily provide high-level strategic advice while others are mainly operations-oriented. They think it is important to combine both elements in their practice. While their clients usually come to us for advice about what they should be doing, they aren’t satisfied until they are able to see them achieve their goals. For that reason, they often provide coaching, process consulting, or even operational support as part of their engagements.
Prospective clients who know us from e-Literate
often ask us, “What does MindWires do?” Their answer is, “What do you need?” This isn’t just sales talk. They enjoy solving problems that they haven’t seen before. They don’t just follow a cookie-cutter recipe book for engagements. Instead, they apply the experience they have to each client’s unique situation. They also maintain a broad network of consulting specialists and partners so that they can bring in the right people for each job.
They work with educators, vendors, and policy-makers alike. These different stakeholders are often interested in the same educational issues from complementary angles. By working with clients across the spectrum of stakeholders, they gain the benefit of a wide range of perspectives on any given issue. They try to bring those different perspectives to every conversation they have with their clients.
Open and Honest
They’re proud of the fact that much of their work comes from people who know us from e-Literate
and elsewhere on the open web. They strive to make the company reflect the values of the blog rather than the other way around.