Education is the foundation on which society is built. As philosopher John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Learning doesn’t stop after school, but the adult education industry is a very scattered landscape. Due to its current state, guidance for professional and personal development is difficult to access and verify as legitimate.
Professional and personal development is also becoming increasingly necessary. College graduates in 2016 had an average of $37,172 in student loan debt in 2016, and as of January 2018, the amount of nationwide student debt totalled $1.48 trillion (divided amongst 44 million borrowers). Student Loan Hero reports that this number is $620 billion more than the sum of the United States’ credit card debt.
More people are electing not to attend college because it’s outright unaffordable for many. A college education is supposed to be beneficial, but is it worthwhile if it bogs its students down with debt for the rest of their lives? Or if it robs them of their social lives and mental health? And when students graduate, they enter a sluggish job market, rising costs of living, and fewer chances for income growth. Younger generations are finding themselves stuck—how do they improve themselves, emotionally and economically, from this point?
Many turn to the self-improvement industry. Published books, podcasts, seminars, conferences, speeches, even coaching are all methods by which people continue their education. However, these methods can be expensive: the prices of books and tickets accumulate, and conferences often require travel (and all the accompanying costs). Not all of the information has people’s best interests at heart, either—there are scams and unhelpful individuals amongst the true wisdom-sharers.
What if there was a singular place that had all of the (authenticated) self-improvement information anyone would ever need? This is SuccessLife’s mission: a platform that makes professional and personal development accessible for everyone.
In detail, the platform is designed with the following components:
|Module||What it Does|
|Content Market||Where customers can find, review and consume any type of content|
|Skills Market||Where providers can promote themselves and organisations can find and contract relevant skills for their events and internal team development|
|Checkout||Shopping cart and payment collection|
|Portals||Portals are provided for each type of community member (customers, providers and resellers). Each portal will provide functions to suite the type of member e.g. providers will be able to upload content, define pricing levels, do promotions|
|Reseller Management||Manage and pay commissions to reseller channels such as educational organisations, streaming devices, etc.|
|Tax Management||Managing and tracking sales taxes on a global scale|
|Content/Live Streaming||Delivering the best user experience for print, video and live streaming content delivery|
|Subscription Management||Define subscription tiers and manage inclusions, billings and payment collection|
|Payment Processing||Global payment collection with relevant methods by geographic region and user preference (including SuccessLife Tokens)|
|Merchandising||Creation and management of promotions, special offers and deals|
|Profiling||All community members including providers, customers and resellers together with all content is profiled and tag for search, curation and analytics.|
|Advertising Engine||Integrate external advertising services into the marketplaces, portals and notifications|
|Ticket Sales||Live event ticket sales|
|BOTS||Automated user interaction and “live” communication and recommendations|
|AI||Artificial intelligence to learn from user interactions and deliver content, services and products based on the learned experience|
|Notifications||Create custom outbound marketing for customers based on their preference profiles which highlights new content, special offers and other information to both keep the community informed and to drive click-backs.|
|Ratings||Content rating system|
|Blog||Facility for provides to create their blogs inside the marketplace and distributed to the community|
|Chat||Ability for the community to chat with each other as well as to the integrated BOTS and AI|
|Big Data||Record every interaction and transaction for analytics and community service delivery|
|Integration||Allow for the integration to external systems and services|
|Companion||The Companion will be an AI driven component that will augment the platform, the mobile application and other devices to become an active and intelligent BOT to enhance the relationship the that consumers have with the marketplace by giving active advice, tracking success, managing goals, etc.|
Why SuccessLife is Important
Everyone is trying to be the best version of themselves, and no one is undeserving of the opportunity to do so. The state of education varies worldwide, but Beatriz Pont notes in her article published the European Journal of Education, “Improving Access to and Participation in Adult Learning in OECD Countries” (OECD stands for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) that:
Adult learning is going through changes… it is increasingly recognized as a necessity. OECD governments are exploring ways to increase access to different types of adult learning through public provision, by supporting the development of the private sector, or by joint public-private collaboration. At the same time, adults are demanding more varied learning activities.
Personal and professional education will never be obsolete, so at no point in time should access to it cease.