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We're reinventing education one step at a time. Here I will explain Mench's design as a learning platform and what makes it different that other learning platforms around.

  • Mench is an education platform that works over Messenger. We call our teachers "miners" and they collaborate to create awesome courses we call "intents". Our initial goal is to help people find awesome jobs in tech. We also help companies find talented people to hire.
    Think of GitHub/Wikipedia for education delivered over Messenger. We're reinventing education and making it much more fun! 🥳
  • Watch this teaser video to get high level idea of what Mench is (starring Mench co-founder Shervin Enayati)
  • ⚠️Warning!⚠️ Following is the longer, more technical Wikipedia-like description of Mench. Proceed at your own risk (You'll only love it if you're into world-changing nerdy stuff 🤓)
  • Mench is an open source education platform where a community of volunteers, known as “knowledge miners,” “epistographers,” or simply “miners,” collaborate to create, update, and maintain thousands of interactive learning paths, known as “intents.” Students use Mench's personal assistant app to subscribe to these intents and receive personalized training as a series of messages delivered via a conversational user interface (ie: Facebook Messenger)
    Intents can cover a wide range of topics but are mainly focused on helping job seekers gain the necessary skills to get hired at tech companies.
    For companies, Mench can assist with determining if candidates have the relevant expertise for a role saving significant time in the selection process.
Mench core belief is that all human goals can be broken down into a series of linear steps and that a large community can collaborate to reach consensus as to what are the optimum steps to achieve that goal.
Where traditional search engines (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo) and personal assistants (Alexa, Google Voice, Cortana) are optimized to provide answers to simple requests, i.e.: “what’s the weather like in Texas”, “what the best Indian restaurant in town”, or “who won the last World Cup” - there is no service capable of helping users accomplish more complex requests such as; “how do I get hired as a full-stack developer at Airbnb”, or “how do I find a long lasting partner”.
Although for every complex goal there are hundreds if not thousands of possible paths to achieve it, Mench believes there is always an optimum path which can be deduced via continuous iteration by a large community of contributors (as in the case of Wikipedia).
The process of reaching the required consensus to determine an optimum path for any given goal or intent is called “mining,” and those that contribute to its discovery are called “miners.”
Mench is a personal assistant that is 100% trained by humans, meaning every message it sends you has been pre-programmed by what we call "Miners".
  • To access your Action Plan on Messenger click on the contextual menu icon to the right of the text input field.
  • At anytime, you can type any of these commands:

    "next" -> to move to the next available step in your Action Plan

    "stats" -> to see your account statistics

    "I want to + intention" -> to search for available intents. ie: "I want to assess my programming skills"

    "stop" -> to stop all messages and unsubscribe from Mench personal assistant.
Mining is the process of reaching the required consensus to determine an optimum path for any given goal or intent. Those that contribute to its discovery are called “miners.”
  • Mench stores all knowledge in 3 distinct and interconnected groups; intents, entities, and links. Intents describe goals or desired outcomes (i.e.: Learn to code in Java) and always start with an infinitive. Entities are any kind of object or asset, such as books, articles, urls, people, etc. Finally, links describe the relations between intents and entities. Creating, organizing, updating, or viewing either intents or entities, generates new links.
    For instance, creating a new intent generates a link between the intent and its author (the author being the entity).
    Because all content in Mench (intents and entities) can only be created or consumed by humans, links also represent human engagement with the platform.
    Both intents and entities are organized using a hierarchical tree structure.
    In the case of intents their hierarchy describes a path of probabilistic causation as determined via consensus by the Mench miner community.
    For instance, for a given intent “Get hired as a full-stack developer” (the desired goal or effect) its child intents (contributors to the goal or causes) would represent the optimum steps in an optimum order to accomplish that intent. Ie: 1. Optimize your resume, 2. Apply to job openings, 3. Practice interview questions, 4. Attend interviews.
    Every step is also an intent in itself and can have an unlimited number of children intents that contribute to their parent’s realization. Ie: “Practice interview questions” could have “Practice behavioral interview questions” and “Practice technical interview questions” and its children.
  • Miners in Mench are responsible for researching and organizing knowledge in the form of intents and entities. Miners follow a set of mining principles to determine the optimum ways to aggregate knowledge. Like all intents in Mench, these principles are continuously updated, scrutinized, and improved upon by the mining community.
    Examples of mining principles are;
    Ensure all intents start with a verb in its infinitive form.
    Ensure all intents contain a single intent. I.e.: “Optimize your resume and your LinkedIn profile” should be split into two separate intents “Optimize your resume” and “Optimize your LinkedIn profile.”
    Use the second person in intent tiles. I.e.: “Optimize resume” should be “Optimize your resume.”
The original idea was conceived by Shervin Enayati in 2014 and further developed in conjunction with Miguel Hernandez, who joined the project as co-founder in March 2017.
Both founders invested CAD 25,000 out of their pocket to finance the project.
Shervin’s motivation to create Mench came from his frustration to find a centralized place for intent focused human knowledge. Whereas Wikipedia had succeeded at creating the largest collaborative encyclopedia (entity based) in the world, no one had managed to create something similar for complex multi-step human intents.
  • The name “Mench” was chosen by Miguel Hernandez because it was short, easy to remember, easy to pronounce, and it sounded very close to mensch, the Yiddish word for a person of high integrity. The domain mench.com was not available and was purchased for USD $6,000 in early 2018.
  • Miguel Hernandez came with the original concept at the time when Shervin and Miguel were considering naming the company BrainPlugings. Although later the company name changed to Mench, the logo was kept the same.
    The Mench logo represents a human brain with an electrical plug as its face. The plug's prongs represent the eyes and the plug's body a smiley mouth.
    The final design was commissioned via 99Designs.com and awarded to user weblova99 on July 19th, 2017.
  • Mench was founded in March 2017 by Shervin & Miguel to help companies attract the best talent by simplifying and automating candidate screening.