• Benefiting Your Company

    Learning about a new topic together through textual analysis, discussion, case studies, or collaborative research means your team will engage new insights, skills, and critical languages.

    Our tailored programming can help your staff find a common language for consensus and debate about industry change and the potential social impact of your work and products. OnSite programs foster these discussions in a welcoming, collaborative context that brings together cross-functional or cross-hierarchical groups.

    Through purposeful engagement, you will discover new ways to ask, investigate, and answer tough questions. What you’ll read, hear, and discuss during the program will seed your company with new ideas, perspectives, and research tools that can support innovative thinking long after the event is done.

  • What Does an OnSite Program Look Like?

    All OnSite programs are held at the host’s offices or offsite spaces, offering easy accessibility for participants and keeping overhead costs reasonable. Programs typically include 10 to 40 participants and can be offered in two-hour “lunch and learn,” half-day, full-day, or multi-session formats. Programs are modeled on our unique Brooklyn Institute seminars that combine the best of academic research and university pedagogy in accessible, convivial, and productive spaces.

    Participants come together to listen to lectures, read, and discuss seminar materials on the day of the program. Prior preparation is optional and agreed upon with the host during the program planning process.

    Brooklyn Institute OnSite staff provide curriculum development, skilled program leaders, books and other media, support staff for planning and execution, and key contacts for follow-up.

    Host organizations provide eager participants, a conference room, an internal liaison, and coordination for meals, coffee, drinks, and any other desired add-ons.

  • What Topics are Available?

    Some of our pre-designed programs for Winter 2016-17 are:

    What Is a Fact?

    Are we living in a post-fact world? What are these things we call “facts,” and who has the authority and expertise to discover, document, and disseminate them? For centuries, philosophers and social scientists have grappled with the question of what defines a fact and how facts, values, and truth are connected. The contemporary proliferation of information makes it particularly difficult to separate signal from noise, value judgements from truth, facts from “fake news.” As political, technological, and economic challenges to the idea of a stable fact accelerate, it is more important than ever to understand where facts come from, who owns them, and the power they have in our lives. This program introduces multiple frameworks – both classical and cutting edge – to help navigate the terrain what are facts are, how to interpret them, and what might become of them in the future.

    Surveillance, Security, and Digital Life

    Surveillance and security have multiple, sometimes contradictory, implications. They pervade our social and professional lives, particularly in digital spaces. On the one hand, concerns about privacy, national security, and individual freedom give rise to fears about the threats posed by constant surveillance, both on- and offline. Yet, the same sorts of technologies are key components of the infrastructure of everyday life for billions of people, and promise freedoms and political possibilities to many. This program presents theoretical and historical perspectives for understanding how networked surveillance and security shape modern politics, economies, warfare, and societies. Together, we will consider what autonomy and freedom mean when nothing we do stays secret for long.

    The Future of Work

    What work is, what it means, and what it will look like in the future all seem increasingly uncertain. Between ongoing debates about Universal Basic Income (UBI) in Finland, Scotland, Silicon Valley, and more, and the “Uberification” of professional work taking hold around the globe, are we at the beginning of a “post-capitalist” age of abundance brought on by automation? Or will new technologies and political movements simply widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots? This program provides perspectives on grappling with the modern culture of work by exploring new frameworks drawn from the contemporary social sciences, such as economics, political science, and anthropology. With these ideas to guide us, we will consider what effect the ongoing transformations in political and economic life will have upon workers and managers of the world.  

    OnSite programs can also be adapted from many of our past or current courses, and designed in any of our key focal areas. BISR specialty areas include:

    • Philosophy
    • Anthropology
    • Literature
    • Critical Theory
    • Economics
    • Sociology and Politics
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Global Studies
    • Media Studies
    • Religious Studies
  • The Nuts and Bolts: Designing an OnSite Program

    Step 1: Program Selection and Curriculum Development

    The first step is to select a program topic. Current pre-designed programs are listed above. You can also peruse our past and current courses, many of which can be adapted to an OnSite program. Finally, if there is a topic in the liberal arts and sciences that you or your team would like focus on, please ask, and we will identify the right BISR faculty member for you.

    Step 2: Choose a Program Format

    The second step is to choose a program format. Most OnSite programs can be offered in the following formats:

    • 2-hour midday “lunch and learn”
    • Half-day executive or staff seminar
    • Full-day executive or staff seminar
    • Multi-session seminar (full- or part-day sessions over 2 or more days)

    Step 3: Schedule the OnSite Program

    Once you’ve decided on a topic and format, Brooklyn Institute OnSite staff will determine a date and time with you based on your schedule and the lead faculty member’s availability.

    Step 4: Recruit 10-40 Participants

    We recommend 10 to 40 participants per program to allow for inclusive group discussion. You can build cross-functional or cross-hierarchical groups to make links between silos, or bring an entire division or project team together to strengthen existing, essential relationships.

    Step 5: Coordinate Logistics with OnSite Staff

    OnSite staff will stay in touch with you from the earliest planning stages until the day of the event. We can help coordinate meals, space, and make interim visits to the site. All you need to do is put us in touch with a liaison who can help us connect to any internal resources we might need, such as site coordinators, or external resources, like caterers for the day of the event.

    Step 6: The Event

    Once the day arrives, the lead BISR faculty for your program will be accompanied by at least one OnSite support staff member. Faculty will be in charge of leading the program, and the OnSite support will help with any logistics for the day, with guidance from your staff. That way, you can just sit back and learn during the event.

  • Get Started

    For more information about Brooklyn Institute OnSite, including pricing, program areas, and scheduling inquiries, please get in touch with Danya Glabau at danya@thebrooklyninstitute.com or fill out the form below.