Announcing the Visionary Grant Final Four!
Last August ten Visionary Grant project directors (PDs) were invited to submit full proposals by midnight ET on Sept. 3, 2019. All ten did so. They were selected from 33 projects that had been described in Letters of Intent.
The Visionary Grant Awards Subcommittee, aka Visionary Circle Steering Committee, selected four finalists. They are listed here in random order:
Robert B. Davison, with Omri Gillath, Michael S. Branicky, Shawn Keshmiri, and Ryan Spaulding, Enabling Peer-level Partnerships in Human-AI Teams
Muriel Clauson, The Human Skills Project: A Future-Oriented Work Ontology Toolkit
Jennifer M. Verive, with Jonathan Levine, Matt Reider, and Sanket Chobe, Play 2 Work: Constructing a Competency-based Video Gaming Profile to Empower Gen Z Job Seekers
Susan Ashford, with Briana Caza and Brittany Lambert, Working Off the Grid: Building Resilience in the Gig Economy
The Visionary Circle Steering Committee (chair Adrienne Colella, Laura Bryan, Allan Church, Rick Jacobs, Karen Paul, Eduardo Salas, Ben Schneider, Jack Wiley, and Milt Hakel) has now set final plans, with great help from Linda Lentz and the AO staff. We have been working on:
- recording video presentations by the PDs about their projects,
- the materials provided to the donors/voters,
- the schedule for doing so,
- an Ignite-style session featuring the PDs during the SIOP Conference, on Thursday, April 23 in Lone Star Salon G at 3:30 pm.
- many other details.
Each PD has created a 7-minute video presentation. These will be available privately to the Visionary Circle donors online, along with the full written proposals, on March 24, one month before the SIOP Conference. Voters will have time to read and view everything ahead of the SIOP Conference, without competition from 20 other simultaneous events.
Online voting will open on Thursday, April 23, at 4:30 pm CT, following the closing of the live session at the SIOP Conference. The 50-minute session will be recorded, and will be made available for viewing as quickly as possible. After logging in to their SIOP accounts, they will have access to all written and video materials (including the recording of the live session). When voting they will be asked to rank order the finalists from most to least preferred. Voting will close on Saturday, April 25, at noon, CT.
The winner of the inaugural $100,000 Visionary Grant will be announced at the Closing Plenary, in the JW Grand Salon.
We are now accepting $1000 tax deductible contributions to the next Visionary Circle cohort – join now!
Networking to Find Additional Funding
The Foundation Trustees need your help. We are seeking potential funding sources, especially corporate and private foundations, to which we can refer interesting and worthy projects (with the PDs consent, of course). All four of the finalists’ projects are worth doing. Indeed, that is true as well for the six semi-finalist proposals that did not make the cut. Let us know at SIOPFoundation@SIOP.org of people and institutions we might contact.