• The Center for Third Space Thinking

    We put the hard edge on soft skills

    Our Mission: To empower youth to executives with the essential communication and problem solving skills required to thrive thoughtout the lifecycle of leadership.

  • Third Space Youth Institute

    June 23 - 30, 2022

    The Third Space Youth Institute gives underserved migrant high school students a jump on success. This residential program in partnership with Riverside and Los Angeles counties is designed to increase self confidence and prepare students for college and the workplace by introducing them to essential soft skills for problem solving.

  • Soft Skills Boot Camp

    An immersive experience to help you master the critical soft skills needed in today’s competitive workplace and take your career to the next level.

  • Annenberg Media Institute

    April 18 - 21, 2022

    The USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking will welcome students and teachers from the Merced Union High School District to a learning program of digital storytelling, video production, and soft skills development.

Third Space Thinking: ACE-IT

A communications-driven methodology to frame and solve complex problems. The ACE-IT framework helps unlock innovation, drive collaboration, develop talent and enhance organizational performance using five key competencies required for success in today’s ever-changing world.

Lifecycle of Leadership

We provide ACE-IT skill development to all three stages of the lifecycle.

High School

We are committed to sharing our knowledge with diverse and less fortunate communities who deserve soft skill training to solve complex problems and navigate life's challenges. 


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

Workforce Development

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


  • 85% of students reported that TST has increased their confidence and ability to express themselves and their ideas effectively and clearly.
  • 90% of students reported that TST raised their ability to work in teams or in groups with new or unfamiliar people.
  • 96% of students reported that TST raised their ability to address conflict in a group or a team.

Are you a Third Space thinker?

Please take our validated Third Space Thinking Assessment to see your proficiency in the essential skills for leadership and problem solving:  Adaptability, Cultural Competency, Empathy, Intellectual Curiosity, and 360-Degree Thinking.