Reflections from a tumultuous year, and what’s next in 2021 for Experience Institute
I’m an author, educator, and community builder living in Chicago. In 2012, I designed my own Masters by completing 12 projects in 12 months. I called it The Leap Year Project and my experiences culminated with staging my graduation at a local TEDx and publishing a book of stories focused on the power of learning through risk. I later launched Experience Institute, an organization helping college students and career professionals learn and grow through short-term, real-world experiences. In 2015, I was inducted into Forbes 30 Under 30 in the field of education. And in 2017, I joined the team at Stanford’s School of Engineering as a Lecturer in Design, helping students reimagine their learning through experience.
Posts by Victor Saad
Making space for grief, the future of the workplace, and embracing change after chaos.
A year like no other, keeping the promise of racial justice, and enjoying productive laziness.
Building community as legacy, outsourcing tasks through tech, and turning concepts into tools.
The lesser known stories of some of Ei’s favorite products and how they came to be + a holiday sale!
Reenergize your team, making time for “slow work,” and sharing untold life skills
Learning to refocus, developing the habits of super-learners, and defining “a good life.”
Turning goals into habits, being a better manager, and the lasting benefits of moderation.
Now launching a new program for recent grads to launch their careers after college.
Learning lessons through time, entering the transition economy, and carving out “me time”
Taking back the wheel, embracing a growth mindset, and the art of decision making.
Stop chasing after the wrong things, learn to safeguard our time, and lean on small acts of gratitude.
Thinking intentionally about first days and first experiences throughout changing times
Letting go of the urge to resist, keeping smart company, and celebrating the small wins
The power of hobbies, connecting with coworkers, and the mitchondria in startups
What does it look like to foster creativity at school and work when so much has seemingly been lost in the blink of a Covid eye?
Leading with empathy, strategic perseverance, and re-centering in your workspace.
Performative workaholism, the art of the “soft no,” and writing a New Year’s letter in September
How writing a letter to yourself can help you recalibrate before the end of the year
On time management, creating micro habits, and building purpose-resilient businesses.
Ei is building our team of instructors
Establishing boundaries, learning to say no, and staying interested to be interesting.
What matters most to employees, revaluing venture capital, and taking a pause.
A short self-awareness exercise to help you pause, reflect, and recenter as the season changes.