• The Center for Third Space Thinking

    We put the hard edge on soft skills.

    Our Mission: To empower aspiring leaders with the essential hard-edged soft skills required to make more intelligent decisions in today’s complex world.

  • The Center for Third Space Thinking

    Housed in USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism the Center for Third Space Thinking is dedicated to conducting applied research, executive leadership education, community empowerment and teaching a whole new generation of leaders, equipping them with the problem-solving skills needed to thrive in a communication-at-the-center world.

Third Space Thinking

A communications-driven methodology to frame and solve problems. It’s a fresh, distinctive way of thinking that helps unlock innovation, drive collaboration, develop talent and enhance organizational performance rooted in five key competencies required for success in today’s ever-changing world.

Our Programs

Leadership Development

We offer two primary executive leadership training opportunities specifically designed for companies and their high-performers.

Education

We are equipping students with the essential soft skills and critical thinking required for success in today’s digitally disrupted world.

Community Engagement

We are committed to sharing our knowledge with diverse and less fortunate communities who deserve the benefit from soft skill development.

Upcoming Events

June 11-July 6

9:00am - 3:30pm

Location

Wallis Annenberg Hall / University of Southern California

2018 Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement

USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking Founder and former Annenberg Dean Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III and advisory board member and Annenberg instructor, Chris Swain, will lead a session for local high school students on the topic of ‘people skills’ and the value of developing these Third Space skills for success in and out of the classroom on June 27 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III (former Annenberg Dean) and Chris Swain, (instructor in multiple USC programs including Annenberg) will talk about ‘people skills’ and the value of developing these “Third Space” skills for success in and out of the classroom.

August 2

Location

University of Southern California / Los Angeles, CA

Third Space Workshop

The Third Space team will hold a half-day workshop for 30 members of the National Conference of State Legislatures

August 26-28

Location

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center / Long Beach, CA

California HR Conference 2018

USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking Founder Ernest Wilson will be a featured speaker at a mega session on August 27 from 11:15-12:30 p.m. on the importance of Third Space soft skills.

Register Here

What Others Are Saying

  • Clearly my two team members thoroughly enjoyed the Third Space Boot Camp. They enjoyed it so much that they suggested we invite the Dean to join us at an upcoming offsite for a Third Space experience of some kind.

    Bill Chandler, Former Chief Communications Officer - Western Union

  • Third Space Thinking challenged us to think outside the box about the issues impacting our organization and helped create a framework and common language around which to structure our strategic planning process.

    Reesa McCoy Staten, Senior VP - Robert Half

  • Wilson’s remarks fittingly demonstrated both the need for and lack of certain ‘attitudes, perspectives, experiences and knowledge’ that the Third Space project aims to identify and instill in future talent.

    World Bank

  • People who can “code switch” between their hard and soft sides can integrate the two to yield both power and subtlety, turning third space talents into third space thinking.

    Fortune.com

  • Taken together, they create a kind of “Third Space” that differs sharply from the other two perspectives that have long dominated business thinking: the engineering and traditional MBA perspectives.

    Harvard Business Review

  • The Third Space describes new skill sets like collaboration, empathy, intellectual curiosity, adaptability, and one I really agree with is what Annenberg calls 360-thinking. All of these things define to be new requirements of our professionals.

    Jon Iwata, Former Senior Vice President Marketing and Communications, IBM

  • Jon Iwata, March 25, 2016

  • Peter Lee, March 25, 2016

  • Alyssa Schreiber, March 25, 2016

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