Venture: Lively Minds
Lively Minds gets preschool children in rural Ghana and Uganda school ready.

Expert: Jeremy Anderson
Co-founder and President at Skipify
• Head of Industry, Financial Services, Google
• Vertical Lead, Twitter

Lively Minds partnered with Rippleworks to develop and implement a comprehensive set of OKRs

Lively Minds gets preschool children in rural Ghana and Uganda ready for school. Working with government partners, they train marginalized mothers to run educational play schemes in their communities, as well as to provide simple and affordable care and learning opportunities at home. The result for students from the poorest 20 percent of households is improved cognition, which in randomized control trials was twice as high as children from better-off households who did have access to the Lively Minds teachers.

Lively Minds’ top priority was preparing their organization for a period of rapid growth in both Ghana and Uganda by adopting a new system for managing projects and setting goals. Lively Minds partnered with Rippleworks to develop and implement a comprehensive set of OKRs to set and track strategic and individual goals as well as normal operations.

The project has transformed how our organization approaches planning. It has helped us to set more tangible and defined quarterly goals and to be more accountable for these.

This has helped us focus on priorities and alignment between different teams. We feel that we are much more effective and coherent now

—Lively Minds CEO Alison Naftalin

Lively Minds partnered with Rippleworks Expert Jeremy Anderson, an organizational leader who brought decades of experience guiding teams and setting strategy at Skipify, Google, Twitter, Nvidia, and Ubisoft. Together they:

• Learned a standardized process to set OKRs

• Defined Company and Team OKRs

• Designed launch plan for OKR roll-out to ensure adoption

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