The Center for Third Space Thinking took our communication-based methodology online this summer during the Annenberg Youth Academy (AYA), a four-week course designed to give students a greater understanding of media, journalism, and essential competencies required for excellence in and out of the classroom.

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Student’s have had to deal with some major shifts in their learning and work environments as everything is transitioned to home environments. During this time, it is even more important than ever to master soft skills such as empathy, 360 degree thinking, and adaptability.

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Achieving academic excellence, applying to college and choosing a career path — these are the common challenges that make many high school students feel overwhelmed. On January 24, thirty juniors from USC Hybrid High School participated in a pilot program to explore an alternative solution to these problems.

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From February 19 – 21, 2020, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Center for Third Space Thinking will welcome students and teachers from the Merced Union High School District to a residential learning program of digital storytelling, video production, and soft skills development at USC Annenberg.

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On Friday, October 11th, more than a 100 local youth from 11 high schools came together to attend High School Day, USC Annenberg’s signature community engagement program.
Third Space instructor, Chris Swain conducted two hands-on workshops in Third Space Thinking and the attribute: 360 Degree Thinking. Students learned about the Third Space research that shows a growing demand for soft skills in the workplace.

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This summer I interned as a Software Engineering Intern at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company in Santa Clara, California. The Bay Area where Aruba is headquartered is bustling with innovation and energy. Third Space skills played a very important role throughout the course of my internship. Intellectual curiosity along with 360 degree thinking in the workplace is the driving force of innovation and success.

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