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JUNE 13-18, 2017 • UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO NORTH CAMPUS • BUFFALO, NEW YORK, USA
PRESENTED BY: Creative Education Foundation • Journal of Creative Behavior 
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Thursday, June 15
 

7:30pm

BK101 Moving to Think through Immersive Play
Explore a variety of tools for engaging teams and communities in playful movement experiences with clear learning objectives. We will:
• Engage in embodied experiences – individually, in pairs, and in the full group – to improvise and create a composition.
• Explore full-bodied experiences, as well as movement devices for less-courageous movers.
• Focus on fostering immersive play.
Movers of all ages and abilities are welcome, so get out of your head and into your body to discover how you can "move to think" differently! This workshop is led by one of the CPSI 2017 Spotlight presenters.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Joanna Mendl Shaw

Joanna Mendl Shaw

New York, United States, The Equus Projects
JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been making works for stage and for rural and urban landscapes since the 1980’s. She is the Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, a dance company known for its site-specific performance works for dancers and horses and for the innovative choreographic s... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
KCT

7:30pm

BK102 Workout for Creative Thinkers
In this creativity workout, we will feed, exercise, and amplify our creative talent. We will explore what tickles our imagination, kick-start it, and make things happen! The workout consists of a series of exercises designed to enhance your ability to think creatively and make you a stronger creative thinker. We will practice, have fun, and engage in some serious thinking and some wacky activities that can be applied in very diverse settings – from work with children, creativity facilitation, education, or as a warm-up in the boardroom. The exercises are built on universal creativity principles. We will be working with connection making – the underlying mechanism of creative thinking, inspiration, observation, and divergent thinking activities. This is a refreshing and energizing workout with activities that amplify innate talent and foster creativity. You will:
• Stimulate your innate talent.
• Explore a fresh mix of creativity exercises and tools.
• Dive into connection-making activities and have fun as a creative thinker.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Dorte Nielsen

Dorte Nielsen

Denmark, Creative Thinker
Dorte Nielsen is the founder of Creative Thinker, a creativity author, and keynote speaker. She studied at The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark, The School of Communication Arts in London, and holds a master’s in creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativi... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Greiner B118

7:30pm

BK103 What’s Your Style? Understanding Creativity through KAI
Everyone is creative! However, we manifest our creativity in different ways. By taking the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory, discussion of KAI theory, and interactive exercises, you’ll be amused and validated by gaining a greater understanding of how much your cognitive/creative style affects your problem solving, decision making, and creativity. This session is useful for anyone who wants to know more about thinking styles, including HR managers and business consultants, plus those interested in psychology, business, management, sociology, education, and politics. You will:
• Gain a better understanding of yourself and others.
• Learn how to influence how teams plan and execute projects.
• Influence strategic practices, management, and supervision among leaders and workgroup members.
• Learn how to better manage creative diversity in order to manage change more effectively.
NOTE: This session is limited to 25, due to the use of the instrument.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Miriam Michael

Miriam Michael

Nevada, United States, The Quality Exchange
Miriam Michael is an enthusiastic and spirited educator, coach and speaker. She is president of the Quality Exchange, a cognition and creativity consulting firm in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a retired professor for American River College (Sacramento, California) and has held profe... Read More →
avatar for Louise Neilson

Louise Neilson

Oregon, United States, Range Mediation and Consulting
A graduate of International Center for Studies in Creativity, Louise Neilson is one of the few mediators in the U.S. with a master's degree in creativity. For more than 25 years, she has combined her knowledge, skills, and intuition to find creative solutions to difficult conflic... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Greiner B116

7:30pm

BK104 Challenge Mapping: How Might We Create Robust Innovation Strategies for the Real World?
Experience a world-class method integrating analytical and imaginative thinking to create better, more-robust business strategies applicable to any complex problem, such as increasing sales or creating a better education system. Learn tangible tools you can use in the real world.You will:
• Uncover real root causes and discover new hidden opportunities in complex problems leading to new insights on how to innovate.
• Normalize the effect of organizational levels or the loudest voices in the room in service of true problem understanding from ALL content experts.
• Create an explicit logic map connecting actionable tactics to strategic pillars to broad strategic vision as a better way to articulate a robust business strategy with ownership.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Min Basadur

Min Basadur

Ontario, Canada, Basadur Applied Creativity
Experiencing CPSI in 1971, Min Basadur became a lifelong friend and colleague of Sid Parnes, developing Sid’s research and teachings into real-world application. At Procter & Gamble, Basadur created a corporate-wide applied creativity consulting practice that continues to thriv... Read More →
avatar for Richard Perez

Richard Perez

Ohio, United States, Procter & Gamble
Richard Perez is an accomplished product innovator with a 25-year career at Procter & Gamble. He’s led cross-functional teams in new product development, engineering, marketing, and launch in North America, Latin America and China. Perez currently leads Procter & Gamble’s int... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Porter Study Lounge

7:30pm

BK105 Bot Making Workshop
Botjoy is an exploration of how art can be surprising, delightful AND helpful. Bots are "programmed" to give you outrageous compliments, help you be brave, take the blame, inspire you, even clone you so you can get more done. Following Gary Hirsch's Spotlight presentation, find out more about the Botjoy project. Then, take a deep dive into making and deploying a small gift of joy for people that need it the most.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Gary Hirsch

Gary Hirsch

Oregon, United States, On Your Feet
Gary's work is a mash-up of visual arts, improvisation and business. He is the co-founder of On Your Feet, a pioneer in the field of applied improvisation helping organizations such as Nike, Disney, Apple and others generate new ideas, collaborate, engage audiences and walk their talk ... all while having a ridiculously good time. Gary is also a visual artist and the creator of... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Richmond Aerobics

7:30pm

BK106 Arts and Ideas
Through interactive methods, discover 10 artistic tools for expanding your ideation and brainstorming fluency techniques. We will employ art, drama, poetry, music and movement techniques to demonstrate how to make your sessions come alive! All our welcome. Join us amplify your artistry and expand your horizons! You will:
• Learn to use arts-based techniques to assist fluency generation (brainstorming).
• Build new fluency-generating techniques to assist you in running problem-solving sessions.
• Learn to modify other fluency-generating techniques to incorporate into your facilitation.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Donna Milani Luther

Donna Milani Luther

Massachusetts, United States, Inly School
An arts and creativity educator for more than 30 years, Donna Milani Luther is head of Inly School, a co-educational independent day school in Massachusetts for students ages two to 14. She has taught courses and led programs for more than 30 years for the Creative Education Foun... Read More →
avatar for Walt Stevenson

Walt Stevenson

Professor of Management, Golden Gate University
A long-time CPSI leader, Walt Stevenson is dedicated to an intentional Creative Problem Solving process for application to all facets of life. He is professor of management at Golden Gate University and is a two dimensional artist in watercolor and dye on silk. He also designs an... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Greiner C134

7:30pm

BK107 (NEW) How To Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck
Whether you shoot video at work or at home, you need to shoot video people will actually want to watch. Because in video, the opposite of “good” is “off." In this  experiential workshop, Steve Stockman takes you through a series of exercises guaranteed to make your video better instantly, whether you’re a professional videographer or an iPhone hobbyist. Charge your smartphone or video camera (or your still camera that shoots video) and bring it with you.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Steve Stockman

Steve Stockman

California, United States, Custom Productions, Inc.
Steve Stockman is president of LA-based Custom Productions, and a producer, writer and director of over 200 commercials, web series, short films, music videos, and TV shows. He is also a partner in Right Side Blind Productions, a television development company partnership with iHeart... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Greiner LG3

7:30pm

BK108 Creative Engagement: How TIM Can Make You a Great Teacher, Facilitator, or Presenter
Come and learn how to apply the Torrance Incubation Model (TIM) – an innovative approach to teaching, training and facilitating – as well as a deliberate way for integrating research-based creativity skills into other content. Through a series of activities, you will learn more about the TIM model and:
• Experience and embody creativity skills used in TIM.
• Discover how to connect content skills and goals with creativity skills and goals.
• Apply at least three creative qualities that contribute to making a great teacher, presenter or facilitator.
• Examine ways TIM can strengthen your own creative behavior and enhance your delivery of teaching, training and facilitating activities.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Susan Keller-Mathers

Susan Keller-Mathers

New York, United States, International Center for Studies in Creativity
A faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY-Buffalo State for almost three decades, Susan Keller-Mathers teaches graduate courses in creativity, chairs the curriculum committee, facilitates organizational change, and delivers creativity workshop... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Greiner LG5

7:30pm

BK109 Creativity...You Can Only Imagine
Schools are expected to teach students to be creative. But how do we know what works to develop student creativity? How do we know if creative skills are improving in individuals, students and in the workforce? Educators are asking for more student assessments that go beyond standardized testing to include the measurement of creativity. Our society values most what can be measured. We will explore the challenge of measuring imagination to increase its value in schools, business and government. We will introduce H-IQ (Hunter Imagination Questionnaire), the first measurement that charts the growth of individual imagination, the ideation capacity that leads to creativity and innovation. H-IQ is being applied in pilot programs in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts schools after MRI measurements established strong correlation between H-IQ scores and brain structures associated with creativity. You will:
• Evaluate creativity assessments, including divergent thinking tests, measures of personality style, and new measures of imagination.
• Explore how these assessments can best serve the individual.
• Learn about the H-IQ (Hunter Imagination Questionnaire), the first measurement that charts the growth of individual imagination.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter

Massachusetts, United States, Hunter Higgs, LLC
Dan Hunter is a playwright, songwriter, teacher, and founding partner of Hunter Higgs. Hunter is the inventor of H-IQ, the first assessment of individual imagination and ideation. He is the co-author of A New Measure of Imagination Ability: Anatomical Brain Imaging Correlates, pu... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Greiner B120

7:30pm

BK110 Creative Leadership: How Prepared Are You to Be a 21st Century Leader?
The fact that we live in an increasingly complex world is undeniable. What is shocking is that most business leaders, according to a global study conducted by IBM, are not confident that they have the skills to lead in times of such unprecedented change. The same 1500-plus executives said creativity skills would be most useful to them as leaders over the next five years. Numerous other reports concur. Creativity and creative thinking are now considered to be core leadership skills. We will examine the important connection between creativity and leadership, as well as examine how well you employ your creative thinking skills in leadership situations. You will:
• Learn about the link between creativity and leadership.
• Recognize how creativity development simultaneously contributes to leadership effectiveness.
• Explore the specific skills, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to creative leadership.
• Analyze how Creative Problem Solving and your own CPS skills play a role in contributing to leadership effectiveness in today’s fast-changing world.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Gerard Puccio

Gerard Puccio

New York, United States, Buffalo State
Gerard J. Puccio is department chair and professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY-Buffalo State, and distinguished visiting scholar at Sheridan College. As a creativity scholar, he has written more than 60 articles, chapters and books. In recognitio... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Greiner LG2

7:30pm

BK111 Amplify Your Creativity with Visual Thinking Tools
In the spirit of "amplify" – to increase in size and effect – discover how simple visuals can invigorate and amplify your creativity. With a little work and inspiration, you already have all you need. Visual tools are all around us, which you can incorporate into your creativity practice. Sometimes advanced techniques and overthinking can get in the way of being fully present and fully creative. Come play with simple and powerful visual tools and techniques to enhance your facilitation skills, enable your clients and teams to achieve deeper learning, and illuminate new insights. Augment, boost, intensify and magnify your own creativity and strengthen your tool kit with fun and unique new ways to tap into the visual learner, which most people have in large measure. This highly interactive session will increase your capability to tap into your inherent creativity and see how you can expand the ways you lead others to do the same. Oh, and have fun, too.You will:
• Identify ways to create your own visual resources, such as card decks, collages, magazine files and more.
• Deepen team relationships and build trust through creative visual techniques.
• Propel teams toward action with powerful intention-setting exercises that clarify purpose.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Susannah Childers

Susannah Childers

North Carolina, United States, IdeaConnect
As co-founder of two companies, AH HA facilitation and consultation and IdeaConnect tools, workshops and training for facilitative leaders, Susannah Childers’ work helps clients connect knowledge and experiences to drive innovation and discovery. Susannah is a lifelong learner, continuously seeking new adventures through experiences like travel and knowledge. She immerses herself in learning about leadership, organizational development, facilitation, creativity and innovation. She enables individuals and groups to do more together by seeing patterns and systems, and realizing their true potential. She uses her client-side perspective to think together about where they are and where they want to be, to help create foundations for future possibilities. Susannah has a BA in economics and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Northwestern University. Susannah began her career at Helene Curtis (now Unilever) and worked for Procter... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Porter Main Lounge 241

7:30pm

BK112 Self-Compassion, Co-Creativity, and the Power of Choice: Lessons Learned in the Space Between
Come on a journey out of the darkness and into the light, as I share my story of coming to terms with physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Using my TEDxWomenBuffalo talk, "From Fear to Forgiveness to Forward," as a framework, I will guide us through the process of stepping out of victimhood and into the land of self-compassion, co-creativity and choice. Our capacity for choice lies in the space between emotion and action. You will collectively explore what lies in the space between, and how to tap into what is available there as we ask ourselves, "In this moment, what best serves my life and the lives of those around me?" You will:
• Recognize the amazing co-creative potential of the human spirit, a potential that lies in our capacity to be at choice in each moment of our lives.
• Learn to inhabit “the space between,” a place to access our capacity for choice.
• Experience the power of self-compassion to heal shame and to give the strength to make life-affirming choices, even in the face of our own vulnerability.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Gina Paigen

Gina Paigen

New York, United States, ThirdWay Leadership
Gina Paigen, chief impact officer of ThirdWay Leadership, is a professional coach, leadership consultant, and culture-building specialist. She is passionate about guiding individuals and organizations to a deeper sense of purpose, and to higher levels of creativity, engagement, a... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mildred Blake Center

7:30pm

BK113 Secrets of Persuasive Presentations
This workshop is designed for anyone who, as part of their ever-changing role in business, has to create, develop and deliver corporate presentations. In this very interactive, informative and enjoyable session, you will learn and acquire at least three practical skills, strategies and techniques that you can immediately use to improve your ability to engage, motivate and educate. You will:
• Learn ideas and techniques about how to engage, persuade and "move" your audience to action.
• Discover the best ways to keep your presentation focused, memorable and effective.
• Learn the "power of story."

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Doug Carter

Doug Carter

Ontario, Canada, Presentations Etc. Inc.
Doug Carter, the owner of Presentations Etc., is a consultant, instructor and coach who has delivered Presentation Skills Training workshops and seminars in Canada, the United States and Europe. Combined with his background in education and theatre, Doug provides a refreshing, en... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Fargo Game Lounge 262

7:30pm

BK114 FourSight of Student Leaders: Research into Profiles, Patterns, and Possibilities
Innovative Learning Environments identifies student engagement, collaboration and learners' self-awareness as fundamental. Discover the results from two Applied Research in Education projects examining how we might use Creative Problem Solving tools and techniques to generate differentiated instruction and assessments that enhance engaged, inclusive and equitable classrooms. You will experience the impact of specific creativity tools, such as divergent thinking, thinking preferences, and design thinking practices in order to create quality curriculum that empowers students. You will:
• Link CPS to curriculum design frameworks, such as outcomes based-education.
• Explore the significance of thinking preferences for differentiated education.
• Align thinking preferences to authentic assessments and active learning strategies.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Christine Boyko-Head

Christine Boyko-Head

Ontario, Canada, Mohawk College
Christine Boyko-Head is an interdisciplinary educator, writer and advocate for arts-integration and creativity in higher education. While getting her doctorate at McMaster University in English literature, she used her driver-thinking preference by co-founding Parnassus Theatre... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Richmond Main Lounge 272
 
Saturday, June 17
 

3:30pm

BK201 Design Thinking: A 90-Minute Clinic
Everyone is talking about design thinking these days. Ever wonder what it's all about? Roll up your sleeves and give design thinking a try in this zippy 90-minute clinic. You will work in pairs to design something delightful, based on your discovery of each other's needs. You will practice each stage of the design process (immerse, frame, imagine and prototype) and have a chance to reflect on ways design thinking might amplify your creative process. You will:
• Learn what is at the heart of design thinking.
• Design something of value based on empathy and feedback.
• Explore how design methods might enhance your innovation practice.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Sari Gluckin

Sari Gluckin

Founder, Wishful Thinking
Sari Gluckin is an innovation strategist and connection maker who takes delight in helping teams frame their challenges, understand their users, and figure out what to do next. She started her career in marketing at Kraft Foods, where she focused on front-end innovation. In 1999... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner C135

3:30pm

BK202 Biodanza: Moving beyond Words through Music and Movement
“B” means to dance with life. Developed by a medical doctor, it reduces stress by combining music, movement and the expression of emotion in a progressive way to bring out individual and group expression and integrate all aspects of our humanity, including our passion, sense of vitality, and creativity. “B” uses music that is carefully selected for its rhythmic qualities to release the power of expression we all hold deep within us. It allows us to AMPLIFY and explore our potential and the principle of putting life first to promote health and a sense of well-being, as well as connect us to ourselves and others. “B” addresses the totality of the human being. It amplifies our entire perception of who we are. The exercises wake up our aliveness, and this allows us to really feel the intensity of each moment. Suspend your thinking for a while and immerse yourself in the joy and power of music and movement in a structured, guided process. No previous dance experience is necessary, as this does not involve specific steps. Self-regulation is key, meaning you move according to your own fitness and flexibility. You will:
• Amplify your sense of feeling alive and joyful.
• Increase your capacity for emotional expression without words.
• Enhance what lies within you and bring that into the world with more confidence.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Marlies Grindlay

Marlies Grindlay

South Africa, IFF
As a foodie, and sensory and consumer insights specialist, Marlies Grindlay gets to use her senses to guide the application of flavors for the FMCG industry, while seeking to understand consumers across the Sub-Saharan Africa region. She focuses on using the whole body, senses, and intuition in facilitating creative process, and helps people to tap into their inner wisdom to think more effectively. She believes the power of creative thinking lies in its capacity to drive change, starting from mindsets, seeing through different lenses, and making choices that give life. Marlies is a practitioner of the philosophies of Appreciative Inquiry and Biodanza, bringing possibility into innovation and individual expression by exploring the positive core, strengths, and values. Marlies is a graduate of the... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
KCT

3:30pm

BK203 Making of Meaning: Integrating Synectics and CPS
Getting beyond obvious ideas and the obvious understanding of the world around us is essential for creating breakthroughs and for deepening connection. We will explore how the power of metaphor, and other techniques for "making meaning," are leveraged in Synectics' frameworks, tools and models. You will:
• Gain insight and understanding by "making the strange familiar."
• Spur new connections by "making the familiar strange."
• Turn the very absurd into breakthroughs.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Joe Gammal

Joe Gammal

Massachusetts, United States, Synecticsworld
Joe Gammal is managing partner of Synecticsworld, working with leaders to build innovative organizations that create growth and meaningful change. Joe is a sought-after coach, facilitator, and trainer helping leaders and their teams invent and implement breakthrough solutions to key business challenges, and imbed capabilities and organizational support for a culture of innovation to take root. Joe has a real passion for helping others... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner LG3

3:30pm

BK204 Lessons Learned from Facilitating CPS for 35 years
It has been said that facilitation is both an art and a science. The science involves the tools, processes and approaches that we can study, learn and apply. The art of facilitation is made up of the intangibles, those nuances that we cannot always learn from a book, but lessons that come only through experience, trial and error and, sometimes, abject failure. If we are fortunate, we can learn from the successes and mistakes of others and avoid at least some of the same mistakes ourselves. Discover the top 10 (or more) most-important things that I have learned (sometimes the hard way) about facilitating Creative Problem Solving. We will tap into the experience of the group, building together a list of critical success factors for the facilitation of CPS. This session is designed for the experienced and beginner facilitator alike. You will:
• Gain new insight into both the art and the science of facilitation.
• Receive a self-selected list of facilitation success factors specific to your role as facilitator.
• Learn facilitation hints and tips gained from the successes and mistakes of others.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for William Shephard

William Shephard

New York, United States, CPSB, Inc.
William Shephard is the vice president of group services at the Creative Problem Solving Group. He is responsible for designing and conducting facilitation and training projects with a wide variety of client organizations with experience in international and multi-cultural settin... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner B118

3:30pm

BK205 Peaceful Images, Creative Behaviors
Discover the Creative Imagination Toolkit for amplifying imaginative and productive thinking skills. This toolkit was developed by combining the expressive mandala drawing method of Jung with the principles of Multidimensional Interactive Creative Imagination Imagery Model of Khatana and the theoretical model of creative imagination of Jankowska and Karwowski. You will:
• Explore the therapeutic power of imagination and its history in psychology.
• Learn how to amplify your self awareness, using self-expressive mandala drawing, and how to use your imagination for better decision making and overcoming fear.
• Hear the story of my journey and how creative imagination helped me protect myself from Iran's oppressive government and education system.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Farzaneh Hedayati

Farzaneh Hedayati

Arizona, United States, Arizona State University
Farzaneh Hedayati is a graduate student in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Allameh Tabataba'i University in Iran, and worked as an art therapist before immigration to the United States... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Fargo Game Lounge 262

3:30pm

BK206 Amplify Your Work with MIT's Theory U
Theory U is replete with creative exercises with its focus on systems change. Discover the creative foundational elements of Theory U, which will entice you to think big – to amplify your creative work to the level of systems change. In this experiential workshop you will:
• Leave knowing some core creative components in Theory U.
• Have a road map of the “U” process to apply.
• Discover the aspirational applications of Theory U.
(Please dress comfortably to engage in a gentle embodiment exercise during the session.)

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Lindsay McDonald

Lindsay McDonald

Ontario, Canada, FreshEye Thinking
Lindsay McDonald brings tri-sector leadership experience in the arts, business and purpose-focused organizations (nonprofits) to her work as principal at FreshEye Thinking. Exploring and co-designing innovative engagement and empowerment strategies for companies, communities and... Read More →
avatar for Denise Pinto

Denise Pinto

Ontario, Canada, Bus Rides with Urbanists
Denise Pinto is a writer, urbanist, and creative strategist. Formerly the executive director of a global charity based in Toronto, Canada, she takes a systems view when designing cross-sector partnerships to advocate for inclusive, citizen-led initiatives. Pinto has delivered key... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Porter Study Lounge

3:30pm

BK207 What Twyla Tharp Can Teach Us about Creativity and Video Creation
Twyla Tharp is unquestionably one of the most-creative people in the history of modern dance. What makes her choreography so creative? Why is a Twyla Tharp dance recognizable as her work, and why has she been consistently creative through her career? This is a question Tharp has asked herself over many years. You will:
• Discover how Tharp viewed her own creativity to help us become more receptive to our own creative thinking.
• Explore challenging creativity problems and issues with Creative Problem Solving exercises.
• Learn how movement in dance translates to movement in video.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Steve Haskin

Steve Haskin

Michigan, United States, Industrial Strength Learning
Steve Haskin has produced hundreds of projects that are technical and uniquely artistic, involving images, sounds and text. At the University of Michigan, he worked in the operating room and studio to create educational surgery videos; at Borders he was a marketing website guru... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner LG2

3:30pm

BK208 Raising Creative Thinkers Who Turn Information into Knowledge
Learn how to fascinate children and youth with interdisciplinary materials. See how literature and paintings explore the glory of nature and how science helps us experience its mysteries to instill environmental awareness and ignite ideation. Educators will be given tools and inspired towards better English proficiency, attitudes and motivation. Parents and grandparents will be enriched on how to complement classic academic studying with creativity facilitation. What will give workers an advantage in the knowledge age? The skill of creatively finding questions no one has sought before, locating the most-relevant information responding to the needs arising from those questions, developing it, and summing it up in knowledge that is useful. What is stopping us from educating for such skills? How do we direct children's intuitive creativity into such high-thinking skills? Children's creative thinking is associative, imaginative, and curious. By positively directing it, we can help them celebrate it and make the best of it. Come to practice Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express – the out-of-the-box strategy for turning information into knowledge by young flexible minds preparing them for the future. You will:
• Be inspired with an empathetic frame of mind for building creative environments at school and at home .
• Learn how to step back from lecturing and step into mentoring, enriching and inspiring with creativity.
• Learn how to complement classical education with creative thinking facilitation.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Michelle Korenfeld

Michelle Korenfeld

Manager, Raising Creative Thinkers
Michelle Korenfeld is a lifelong creativity educator, author, poet and painter, offering a unique interdisciplinary method of fostering creative thinking and appreciation for nature, environment, science and art. Her mission is to provide all children with the kind of education s... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner B116

3:30pm

BK209 Blinding Flash of the Obvious
Creativity and conflict exist as realities in our daily lives. They have an implicitly shared identity – one cannot exist without the other. Creativity causes conflict, yet creativity is needed to generate new solutions to existing dilemmas to resolve conflicts. Connections, relationships and ambiguities among and between conflict and creativity will be explored, especially correlations between Creative Problem Solving and conflict resolution. You will:
• Challenge your assumptions and mental models, as both blocks to creativity and causes of conflict.
• Synthesize relationships between your creative attributes and your orientation to conflict.
• Strengthen your active listening and responding skills through small-group discussion and interactions.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Louise Neilson

Louise Neilson

Oregon, United States, Range Mediation and Consulting
A graduate of International Center for Studies in Creativity, Louise Neilson is one of the few mediators in the U.S. with a master's degree in creativity. For more than 25 years, she has combined her knowledge, skills, and intuition to find creative solutions to difficult conflic... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner B120

3:30pm

BK210 Dissolve the Wall: Using Your Creativity to Design a New Future
Imagine that you are standing in front of a wall that spans left to right farther than you can see. You see, the wall wasn't there yesterday. At least you didn't notice it. Now, it’s all you can see. You are stuck. There is a solution to dissolving this wall – your creativity and a compelling vision for your future. The difference between the winners and the "also ran" are the visions and powerful images they create about their future. This is true in athletics and it is even more important in life. Whether you are 16 or 60, having a compelling vision for your future is absolutely vital for success and health. Research on aging has found that those individuals who have a higher sense of purpose live healthier and longer lives. Learn how to take the long view for your future to move beyond the day-to-day tactics that may keep you in the past. You will:
• Leave this session with a vision of your future.
• Articulate specific actions you can take to propel you toward that future.
• Practice living out your new future using specific imagery techniques you can take home with you.
• Take creative action on a goal, challenge, problem or opportunity in your life.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Roger Firestien

Roger Firestien

New York, United States, ICSC SUNY Buffalo State
Roger Firestien is the senior faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State. Firestien is one of the most-experienced, skilled and knowledgeable facilitators of the Creative Problem Solving process. He has been called the gold standard... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner LG4

3:30pm

BK211 Design Thinking to Amplify Competitiveness in Today's Business
Today's businesses are dominated by disruptive upstarts and catastrophic changes. To survive, businesses need to adapt and innovate relentlessly. To charter the courses in unknown waters, business leaders need to catch the weak signals and faint premonitions of upcoming tidal change waves. We will explore strategies, such as design thinking, to build a collaborative, open ecosystem; tools to analyze data to reveal formulated patterns and movement; contextual data to explore cultural sensitivities, as well as age and generation factors; and unfamiliar and unexpected scenarios to practice. These and many other strategies are critical in today's business landscape. You will:
• Learn to better catch the signals and premonitions of upcoming business trends.
• Be familiar with some tools and strategies for forecasting future trends.
• Better grasp the upheavals and relentless changes in today's business world.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Cecilia Yau

Cecilia Yau

Ontario, Canada, Creative Challenges
Cecilia Yau is an educational consultant, a Creative Problem Solving facilitator, a speaker, an editor, and a writer. She had been a coordinator of the gifted program (kindergarten to grade 13) in the Niagara South Board of Education in Canada for 20 years. She was appointed chai... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner C134

3:30pm

BK212 Education on ICE
The Koning Willem I College in the Netherlands wants faculty, staff and students to make the best use of their creative potential. They think it is essential to develop creativity as a core competence and a crucial skill, both in business and in education. In order to create a common language for multi-disciplinary projects, the college started to implement the ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) Model in 2016. There are many models for creativity and innovation: Creative Problem Solving, thinkx Productive Thinking Model, design thinking, Lateral Thinking, etc. Here, you will learn about the ICE Model, which is based on all of these models. You will:
• Learn the ICE model, a creative process that moves through Pit, Trigger, Context, Question, Idea, Solution and Pitch – with a special emphasis on metacognitive/reflective thinking in the so-called Pit.
• Practice the steps of the ICE model.
• Explore how you might apply the ICE Model in your own school or business.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Harry Van Der Schans

Harry Van Der Schans

Netherlands, Koning Willem I College
Harry van der Schans, creativity expert, author of iDNA, and director of the Center for Creativity and Innovation at Koning Willem I College/School for the Future. The college embraces the teaching and learning of creative thinking skills and competencies for students, faculty, a... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Porter Main Lounge 241

3:30pm

BK213
Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner C135
 
Sunday, June 18
 

8:30am

BK301 Setting the Stage for Improvisation
If you've ever seen an improv comedy show, you know that improvisers take the stage and create rich and colorful scenes from simple suggestions. As creativity practitioners, learn how to adopt and adapt these same principles, practices and mindsets and bring them to the stage where YOU are. Learn how applied improvisation and creativity are the perfect scene partners. Get ready to play, explore, take risks, support one another and have a laugh or two! You will:
• Enhance your own creative confidence and ability to respond purposefully and playfully.
• Experience how the powerful improv principle of "yes, and" promotes creative thinking in groups and teams.
• Learn how and when to integrate improvisation activities into your next CPS facilitation or training session.

Leaders/Presenters
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Jane Fischer

New York, United States, Improv Connections
Jane Fischer’s life has been built largely on three things: a love of comedy and performing, playing with imagination and ideas, and the desire to help others and make a positive impact. With more than 20 years of experience and leadership in health and human services, she knows that a creative approach is vital when facing challenges and change, as are a sense of humor and positive intent. In 2002, she co-founded The Unexpected Guests Improv Comedy Group. She later founded Improv Connections, offering applied improvisation tools for personal, professional, and organizational development. Through improv-based exercises, participants explore such elements as flexibility, collaboration, and co-creation, all while having fun. She later expanded her professional offerings to include creative problem solving and other applied creativity practices, as well as laughter wellness work. She holds a... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Fargo Game Lounge 262

8:30am

BK302 Design Thinking Crash Course (Inspired from Stanford d.school)
Design thinking is part of the Creative Problem Solving family of methodologies. Designed for newbies, this session will give you the chance to experience the full design thinking process in 90 minutes, and create a product designed specifically for your assigned user. Amplify your knowledge about other creativity practices, and understand how CPS is similar and different. So when people ask you about design thinking (buzz word that it is these days), you can tell them you have experienced it. You will:
• Understand the principles of design thinking.
• Experience an overview of the full process.
• Understand how CPS and design thinking relate.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Deborah Madelaine

Deborah Madelaine

United Arab Emirates, Mars GCC
Deborah Madelaine is a French citizen living in Dubai where she works for Mars as a senior packaging innovation scientist. She has been an active creativity practitioner for the last decade and recently released a book, You’ve Got This, to help people unlock their creative conf... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG4

8:30am

BK303 Mash-Up Magic: The Power of Concept Blending
Concept blending (aka "Mash-Ups") is at the heart of innovation, or any kind of truly new and different thinking. Blending very different concepts with each other is a type of forced association that can be a highly effective way to get to breakthrough. That's the good news. The bad news is that they are not intuitive to most people and significant mental scaffolding is required for the average ideator. Come to learn how to do this better. You will:
• Learn what a concept blend is and how to do one.
• Learn how to scaffold the thinking of participants to do more effective concept blends.
• Understand how to facilitate concept blends in different situations.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley

Founder, GFi, Gregg Fraley Innovation
Gregg Fraley is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, trainer, innovation consultant, and the CEO of GFi. An experienced innovation facilitator, his customers include major international brands, business-to-business companies, and startups. Gregg is a partner with London-based KILN... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG3

8:30am

BK304 Motivating Audiences: Strategies to Increase Engagement
Have you experienced a challenge getting and maintaining the attention of your audience? Have you ever hoped you could deal more effectively with the short attention spans of learners, teach important points with interactive exercises, help your group gel and feel connected to each other, or deal with difficult participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these, this interactive workshop is for you. Discover principles for leading exercises and:
• Engage in 10-15 brief activities that you can incorporate into your own teaching or training.
• Learn pointers for conducting icebreakers and activities, including magic in a presentation (you will learn two or more magic tricks).
• Explore how to promote teamwork by using activities and exercises to teach important points, self-awareness, and Creative Problem Solving.
• Learn how to infuse appropriate humor in presentations.

Leaders/Presenters
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Bruce Baum

Faculty Emeritus, Buffalo State College
R. Bruce Baum, a legend in his own mind, is a professor emeritus at Buffalo State College, and Head Honcho of HumorCreativity.com. He is author of How to Motivate Audience, The Almost Wet Your Pants Book of Humor, 20 Magic Tricks for the Magically Impaired, and the MEGA TRAINING... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG2

8:30am

BK305 Play It Forward: Inspiration to ACTION
Only a few magical hours of CPSI remain. What message is coming through for you? What possibilities are emerging? What's your next move? How can you take what you've experienced here and amplify your impact? Let's play about it!! Join this fast-paced workshop for a series of games and activities derived from improv theater to determine your next steps. You came here for a reason. Now let's make the most out of this experience for you, for CPSI, and for the world! You will:
• Reconnect with your intention for attending CPSI.
• Create a new personalized tool for accessing clarity and power.
• Clarify and commit to your next action steps.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Erica Marx

Erica Marx

Confidence Coach, Inspiration to Action
Erica Marx is a confidence coach and communication skills trainer who works with creative people who are on a mission to make a big impact in the world. She is a New York State-certified conflict mediator with 15 years experience transforming conflicts into opportunities for conn... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B116

8:30am

BK307 Liberating Structures: Designing Engagement and Collaboration
Liberating Structure methods include 33+ options for designing engaging interactions that lead to creativity and innovation. We’ll interactively explore the work of Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless's invitation to make structural changes in the way we work in order to engage everyone and harness the collaborative and creative power of the group. You will:
• Discover the microstructures and principles of Liberating Structures.
• Experience several hands-on Liberating Structures activities.
• Explore how Liberating Structures complements Creative Problem Solving.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Dan Bigonesse

Dan Bigonesse

Principal, Bigonesse + Partners
As a trainer and facilitator, Dan Bigonesse has spent the last 20 years helping people expand their thinking and discover new possibilities. With his quick wit, probing questioning skills, and productive thinking techniques, he helps clients engage their whole brain and find prod... Read More →
avatar for Katie Tagye

Katie Tagye

Florida, United States, Valencia College
Katie Tagye is the director of organizational design and development at Valencia College where she focuses on collaboration by design. In her role, Tagye has the unique opportunity to engage the college faculty and staff in discovering ways that creative thinking and collaboratio... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner C135

8:30am

BK308 Solving the Diversity Puzzle: Closing the Gap Between Intention and Success
For years, we have measured diversity by counting how many members of target groups were on the roster. What was missing was inclusion – the process of shifting the culture to value a diverse population. With a focus on statistics, those not part of the dominant culture often found themselves on the outside – disengaged and underutilized. If diversity is about numbers, inclusion is about creating an environment where everyone can be a meaningful contributor; a competitive advantage for organizations willing to take the time to do it right. This workshop is for anyone interested in inclusivity; whether looking to expand opportunities for under-served populations, to work on a global stage, or simply to take advantage of diverse work styles. You will:
• Learn what it means to create a culture of inclusion and what the research tells us about why it is important for creativity, innovation and organizational outcomes across the board.
• Learn the building blocks of an inclusive culture – the foundation and the four pillars of success.
• Learn actionable strategies (both short-term and long-range) to help begin (or expand) a journey to inclusion.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Gina Paigen

Gina Paigen

New York, United States, ThirdWay Leadership
Gina Paigen, chief impact officer of ThirdWay Leadership, is a professional coach, leadership consultant, and culture-building specialist. She is passionate about guiding individuals and organizations to a deeper sense of purpose, and to higher levels of creativity, engagement, a... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B118

8:30am

BK309 Simplify to Persuade: How to Move Your Audience to Action
How do you make your audience listen? How do you make them believe in your product/service? And when they do, how do you move them from belief to action? Through simplicity and persuasion techniques, we can have your target audience come to his/her most logical conclusion, which reflects yours. In other words, help buyers to buy. You will learn:
• Different persuasion tactics and case studies about how to use them.
• How simplicity can give you the most sophisticated solutions.
• How to use persuasion techniques
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• How to develop communication materials that deliver result$.
• To improve your communication skills.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Mahmoud Arafa

Mahmoud Arafa

Virginia, United States, Designframe USA
Anywhere you find professionals contemplating the intersection of design and persuasion, you will find Mahmoud Arafa and his work that motivates people to action. He has a long list of clients for whom he designs and applies persuasion strategies that produce phenomenal results... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B120

8:30am

BK310 Amplifyze, Colorize, Stickify: Convert Normal Processes to Engaged Fun
Despite the wonderfully engaging, dynamic, creative tools and techniques of CPSI, some clients want "normal" processes, such as strategic planning (yawn), operational planning (ho hum), organizational design (yikes), enterprise architecture, and even (ugh, wait for it) reverse-process maintenance re-engineering. So I amplified it, colorized it, stickified it and CPSI-ized it. Now, I have one to two strategic planning clients every month, with clients who say, “I never knew strategic planning could be so engaging, colorful and fun!” You will:
• Learn tools, techniques and best practices to amplify, colorize and stickify.
• Discover examples of normal problem solving and planning processes that are ripe for amping.
• Practice! Learn by doing. Try strategic planning that is amped, colored and sticked.
• Discover the benefits of rotating flip charts, StickyWalls, paper airplanes, and more.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Bill Olsen

Bill Olsen

Lead Guide, Olsen Innovations
Bill Olsen is a globally ranked professional facilitator, trainer, team builder, and speaker focused on delivering accelerated results through creative thinking and Creative Problem Solving. He has a reputation for delivering dynamic workshops, tangible outcomes and strong consen... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner C134

8:30am

BK311 Laughter Yoga
Learn what laughter yoga is and how to use the four steps of laughter yoga. Understand why humor is a key ingredient for creativity and learn to use laughter yoga in your sessions. We will do a number of fun exercises that you can apply to your own sessions. A must for trainers! You will:
• Learn intelligent humor.
• Apply the four steps of laughter yoga.
• Experience and learn the laughter yoga exercises.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta

India, ideas
Sunil Gupta has more than 27 years experience leading creativity and leadership programs. He is a lifetime master trainer of Edward de Bono’s creativity methodologies, holds a Ph.D. from New York University, and is a certified trainer in Laughter Yoga.


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Porter Main Lounge 241

8:30am

BK312 Seven Secrets of the Lost Art of Appreciation
The psychologist and philosopher William James (1842-1910) said: “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” Since the time of that quote, many wise men and women have added that an essential part of living is to appreciate what life is all about. And in our world of creativity, appreciation of the wonder of it all is critical. In this experiential and interactive workshop, we will share fresh and exciting ways to appreciate ourselves, our families, friends, colleagues and clients. We will increase and truly amplify our creative sensitivities by exploring ways to overcome the obstacles that get in the way of this essential part of our human nature, appreciation. Our time together will be an “Ahhhh” experience, guaranteed to touch your soul and put a smile on your face with the goal of getting to IT, the true appreciation of what life is all about. You will:
• Explore and discover exciting ways of appreciating our natural and human environment.
• Recognize the obstacles that get in the way of our appreciation of all that surrounds us.
• Learn practical ways of overcoming those obstacles.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Steven Shama

Steven Shama

Massachusetts, United States, JoyWorks Communications
Steven Shama is a retired physician and a professional speaker. For more than 20 years, he has been giving keynotes and facilitating workshops internationally and nationwide on rediscovering the joys of life. While his primary audiences have been in the medical profession, his ta... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Porter Study Lounge