Alt-MBA

 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

One of the things that I’ve been really involved with is continuing my education across multiple disciplines so that I can be not only a better worker in terms of value creation, but also a more informed citizen.  I’m very bullish on my future, and I believe that given my talents I have an obligation to make a significant impact on the world.

Continuing Education

I’m a strong believer in continuing educaiton, and to that end, I’m consistently reading influential books on marketing, data visualizaiton, communication, economics, and technology.  I’ve had colleagues go on to Wharton, Kellogg and HBS and I’ve often considered applying to those programs as well.  However each time I’ve done an analysis of the ROI, it has come out negative for me (figuring in opportunity costs and the likely narrow knowledge differential as compared to the possible increased salary).

One of the authors I followed quite closely was Seth Godin, who recently offered his own six month “Alternative MBA”.  I was intrigued and decided to apply.  Once I didn’t get into the program - featured in this Forbes article, I decided to found my own program to help lead others through a rigorous 25 week course in which 25 of the most influential business books were discussed.

Alt-MBA

The Alt-MBA program is a group of motivated and connected learners, leapers and agents of change who want to build better brains with other likeminded people from around the world.  I was originally inspired to create the group by the Alternative MBA program created by Seth Godin in December 2008.  I put the idea out to the pool of unaccepted applicants on December 15th, 2008 and since that time the group has grown to 100+ members.  Members include multiple startup founders, CEOs (even the CEO of a publicly listed company), authors and small business owners.

We currently have a social network on Ning and a wiki where we are connecting with other members and co-creating the foundation and guiding principles of our group (such as our mission, vision, history, schedule, etc.). We also have a recently launched website and blog, which you can find here.

Here’s a sample of our weekly highlights.

Week 4 Highlights of Alt-MBA

To read more about the Alt-MBA program, please click here.