Demonstrates emotional and cross-cultural intelligence; capable of working inclusively and respectfully with others of various cultures and orientations. Also demonstrates organizational intelligence and broad, cross-functional thinking, shunning the limitations of structural, geographic, departmental, or other organizational boundaries that may hinder effective problem-solving and goal-attainment.
“The Center for Third Space Thinking promotes a better world through strategic communication and wiser actions.”
The Center, based at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles, advances its goals through applied research, university teaching, leadership education and world-class convenings. Created by Dean Ernest J. Wilson III alongside Annenberg's renowned professors, the Third Space model builds upon the core element of the new global reality - as the communications revolution rushes to the center of modern society, success now demands new innovative ways of thinking and acting in the face of radical changes. Armed with the five attributes of adaptability, empathy, intellectual curiosity, cultural competence and 360-degree thinking, our partners are better able to seize amazing new opportunities and reduce dangerous risks in today’s digital, communication-rich world. We invite you to join and co-create our future collaborative space together.
In a digital-driven era, Communication has moved to the center.
Third Space brings together all aspects of an organization through dynamic thinking and a collaborative approach.
This is the promise of Third Space, leading to better and more powerful innovation.
Demonstrates mental agility and remains comfortable with ambiguity and flexible in the face of continual change. Capable of effective problem-solving and exploration of various alternative scenarios by drawing upon principles from multiple disciplines, including design, technology and economics as well as communications.
Takes a holistic, multi-dimensional, analytical approach to problem solving. Able to convert information into insights, considering potential relationships between disparate data points and engaging in sense- making by “connecting the dots.”
Capable of understanding others’ priorities and perspectives, by engaging in active listening and focusing on reflective responses that clarify and strengthen dialogue. Able to effectively interpret others’ viewpoints, and integrate these insights into more effective approaches for problem- solving and need fulfillment.
Possesses a hunger for knowledge that fuels ever-higher levels of learning and performance. Strives for measurable growth and demonstrates emotional intelligence and savvy with regard to organizational. and cultural mores.