About Cogent Language
Cogent Language designs and deploys project based learning (PBL) primarily for global businesses and world class international schools. A US limited liability company (LLC) founded under Arizona law in 2005, we started out with pure consulting to private sector multinationals as our only offering. As our business grew, we began to provide other career education program services based on PBL,both for companies and for schools.
Today, we provide companies and schools in Japan with a range of innovative learning services, including needs assessment, standards articulation, and custom design of PBL pilot programs, field learning activities, blended learning environments, and e-textbooks for mobile devices.
We also have on offer a portfolio of set, project-based courses for both categories of organizations we serve. In response to demand for quality PBL materials, from the US and Asia Pacfic as well as Japan, we are now in the process of publishing materials for these courses.
For those wishing to do PBL anywhere in the world, Cogent Language also offers news, inspiration, curriculum design, pilot programs, consulting, and etextbooks. We were early adopters of mobile devices and cloud-based platforms to advance PBL, and we continue to innovate in these areas.
Our mission is to provide our clients with premiere opportunities in project based learning for global careers.
Premiere opportunities in project based learning for global careers
Not theory, technical expertise, or test preparation, but project competency for the real world is the emphasis of all our work. Projects create new value for organizations in every country and sector. However, to create new value today, organizations confront complexity, conflict, and turbulence.
Nowhere is this more true than in Japan. As Peter Drucker foresaw at the end of the last century, "The developed society that faces the greatest challenge is the society that has been most successful in the last 50 years: Japan." In Japan today, individuals, teams, and organizations face wicked problems on every time horizon. Project management as practiced in the 20th Century is no longer adequate to these problems. In the last generation, however, the global practice of project management has become far more open, dynamic, inclusive, and politically savvy. Modern project management, both waterfall and agile, combines people skills, systems thinking and cloud-based tools. It is not only a way for organizations to work together. Among entrepreneurial companies, it is the architecture for innovation, collaboration, and success. As is more widely acknowledged each day, however, Japan's traditional educational system does not consistently provide young people with the competencies needed to succeed in fast global companies. Formal education, including business training in project management, traditionally emphasizes individual receptive skills and correct answers to problems set by the sensei. However, managing projects was never much like listening to experts, reading slides, watching movies, or taking tests. In fast companies today, it is even less so. For Cogent Language, this is the "greatest challenge" for Japan that Peter Drucker foresaw: building the capacity of its firms and knowledge workers to move quickly, creatively, and effectively on the global stage. Cogent Language is here to engage that challenge.
We build global career opportunities by our practice of project based learning. In a word, today's projects are "collaborative". Project know how is knowing how to build constructive relationships, and then to work in these relationships to build something of value for some particular stakeholders, whoever and wherever they are. Any project management or career education program not based on customer-centric collaboration is simply not cogent to global contexts today. For this reason, all our programs are collaborative, offering participants opportunities to learn and apply people skills, systems thinking, and cloud-based tools.
Hello. I am Dan Clapper, founder, owner, and managing director of Cogent Language.
My expertise is project based learning for global careers. I have about thirty years of experience as an international educator, curriculum designer, manager, and consultant. In these roles, I have worked with virtual and collocated teams in tackling key Human Resources projects in fourteen (14) different countries, and led two prestigious international schools - World Learning and Temple University Japan - in the successful launch of new divisions extending learning opportunities beyond their campuses and historical customer segments.
Growing up in Silicon Valley a few blocks from Steve Jobs, I learned to value innovation, user-friendly design and collaboration early on. A Stanford Phi Beta Kappa in literature, impressed by theater, systems thinking, and the Macintosh computer, I went on to earn advanced de grees in education and systems science, and, in the 21st Century, to become certified as a Project Management Professional.
My two-decade career in the private sector includes a 10-year consulting engagement with a Fortune Five energy multinational. Before founding Cogent Language, I launched and led a business unit that delivered training at six of its sites across the US, achieved a million dollars of annual revenue in its first few years, and was recognized for excellence by the US Department of Defense.
Dan Clapper, PMP
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