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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
 

8:30am

EXT0101 Reinventing Social Invention
When we think about inventions, the clever object often comes to mind. Social inventions differ from these clever objects in that they organize people into functional groups, whether these inventions are formal or informal. They can be as simple as a Little League baseball team, or as complex as General Motors or the Catholic Church. Not to be left behind, Clever Object Inventions often help define the social invention. For example, the ball, glove and bat are iconic enough to have strong associations to the game of baseball. In fact, all artifacts refer back to a social invention. What if we made new connections between diverse artifacts? What sorts of social inventions would we be describing? Does this give us an ability to modify social contracts? You will:
• Explore the phenomenon, history and structure of social inventions.
• Identify social inventions by the artifacts that define them.
• Apply diagrams to describe the organization of social inventions.

Leaders/Presenters
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Craig Kosinski

Corporate/Museum Creativity Consultant
Craig Kosinski started building models at seven years old. He was one of the first graduates of the master’s program in creative studies at Buffalo State College,and later earned another master’s in arts management from the University at Buffalo. His early-career contribution... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B120

8:30am

EXT0102 Creative Conflict TKO
When you hear the word "conflict," do you immediately think of the word resolution? Why is it that we are instinctively drawn to trying to avoid and resolve conflict, when research shows us that the right types of conflict are key to being more creative and producing better ideas? As a species we are not comfortable with conflict, but as creative evangelists it is our job to encourage it when it is appropriate. This will help you understand the roots and types of conflict, your personal conflict styles, and give you some simple rules to successfully build conflict confidence (as well as some tips to cool things down when it gets too hot). We will break down the essential components of positive conflict into easily accessible and fun techniques, transforming you into a creative conflict master. You will:
• Understand which types of conflict can accelerate your team’s creative output and what will kill it.
• Learn tools and techniques that can be applied to generate healthy conflict and cool it off when it goes too far.
• Discover your own and others’ personal conflict style – and when to try to borrow another approach.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming

Ontario, Canada, Combustion Creativity
Paul Fleming’s day jobs give him a unique perspective on the working world. As the VP of Fuel with Combustion, a world-conquering, butt-kicking learning and development company, he works with clients to develop programs delivering ninja-level soft skills like creativity, presen... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B116

8:30am

EXT0103 Hungry for Innovation? Explore Our 5-course Menu
Amplify your understanding for innovation and learn how to address the most important components of what makes up innovation. Based on research we conducted in collaboration with Bloomberg Businessweek , we developed an online instrument, The Innovation Assessor. The Assessor is used as a diagnostic tool to help companies move up the ladder of their innovation potential. In a playful, interactive way, you will:
• Discover five key dimensions of innovation and how to mind the gaps.
• Explore the results of several companies.
• Walk away with tools you can use in your organization.
• Learn how this instrument addresses the three basic elements of Creative Problem Solving – people, place and process, plus one more that makes an idea viable, the business model the idea serves or destroys.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Harry Vardis

Harry Vardis

Georgia, United States, Kennesaw State University
Harry Vardis is director of the Center for Business Innovation at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University. He is a professional facilitator, trainer and consultant in the field of innovation and creative thinking. He is a lifetime member and a trainer at the Crea... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG2

8:30am

EXT0104 Correlation Between Culture and Creativity
Our culture makes us who we are – how we see the world, make judgments, think and make decisions. Explore the connection between culture (personal and organizational) and creativity in our organizations and communities. You will:
• Understand the foundation of culture and cultural patterns, and their impact on our behavior.
• Learn how to address cultural difference in the workplace, while fostering an environment of inclusion, innovation and creativity.
• Share and discuss ways to accept and adapt to different cultural patterns to accomplish common goals.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Priya Klocek

Priya Klocek

CEO, Consultant On The Go
Priya Dhingra Klocek is a business consultant, executive coach, mentor, and facilitator. Her mission is to help organizations manage and develop their most-important assets: People. Her consulting practice, Consultant On The Go, focuses on diagnosing and improving the fundamental... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG3

8:30am

CPS01 Springboard to Creative Problem Solving
Springboard is your fast track to a deliberate creativity process for solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities. You’ll learn the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process, the research-based gold standard of creativity methods, and be exposed to the FourSight framework, which can help you understand how you and your teammates approach challenges. Your team of experienced facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you the skills you need to advance your personal and professional goals. In this course, you will:
• Recognize and overcome blocks to creativity.
• Identify attitudes and behaviors conducive to creative thinking.
• Apply core concepts of creative thinking.
• Use a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools.
• Apply the CPS method to many simulated or real situations.
• Consciously be creative when facing problems and opportunities.
Pre-registration required.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Judy Bernstein

Judy Bernstein

New York, United States, CBA
Judy Bernstein, VP Insights & Visioning, CBA. I recently completed my MSc in Creativity and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY-Buffalo State. First fascinated with creative process and emotional intelligence through theater and impr... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Filiatrault

Suzanne Filiatrault

Ontario, Canada, HubStrategy
Suzanne Filiatrault is founder and director of learning at HubStrategy, which is a human-centered brand solution training consultancy. We empower the people who are at the forefront of creating business network models and brand platform solutions. Filiatrault brings deep expertis... Read More →
avatar for Susan Robertson

Susan Robertson

Florida, United States, Sharpen Innovation
Susan Robertson's mission is to sharpen innovative thinking to produce real results. Her specialty is eliciting people’s best thinking, whether training and coaching creativity and innovation, facilitating workshops and meetings, delivering keynotes, or designing innovation pro... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Richmond Main Lounge 272

8:30am

CPS02 Springboard to Creative Problem Solving
Springboard is your fast track to a deliberate creativity process for solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities. You’ll learn the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process, the research-based gold standard of creativity methods, and be exposed to the FourSight framework, which can help you understand how you and your teammates approach challenges. Your team of experienced facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you the skills you need to advance your personal and professional goals. In this course, you will:
• Recognize and overcome blocks to creativity.
• Identify attitudes and behaviors conducive to creative thinking.
• Apply core concepts of creative thinking.
• Use a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools.
• Apply the CPS method to many simulated or real situations.
• Consciously be creative when facing problems and opportunities.
Pre-registration required.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Bruce Baum

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 →
avatar for Brian Kalina

Brian Kalina

New Jersey, United States, FCB Health
With 20 years of experience in advertising, Brian Kalina has devoted his professional career to generating big ideas, based on true human insights. As a creative director, he has produced award-winning work for globally recognized brands at agencies such as DDB New York and Ogilv... Read More →
avatar for Karina Loera

Karina Loera

Marketing and Innovation Facilitator, Knowinnovation
Karina Loera is a creativity facilitator, teacher, and trainer. She is a facilitator for Knowinnovation, and Inclusive Innovation, and a creative thinking coach and trainer at Center for Certification in Creativity in Mexico. She is currently developing professors’ training cur... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Richmond Main Lounge 272

8:30am

CPS03 Springboard to Creative Problem Solving
Springboard is your fast track to a deliberate creativity process for solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities. You’ll learn the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process, the research-based gold standard of creativity methods, and be exposed to the FourSight framework, which can help you understand how you and your teammates approach challenges. Your team of experienced facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you the skills you need to advance your personal and professional goals. In this course, you will:
• Recognize and overcome blocks to creativity.
• Identify attitudes and behaviors conducive to creative thinking.
• Apply core concepts of creative thinking.
• Use a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools.
• Apply the CPS method to many simulated or real situations.
• Consciously be creative when facing problems and opportunities.
Pre-registration required.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth (Buffi) Huggins

Elizabeth (Buffi) Huggins

Principal, Marketing Innovation Change Unlimited
Elizabeth (Buffi) is a leading creativity, innovation and change leadership strategist, catalyst, trainer and experiential speaker. She mobilizes minds and hearts to dig deeper to discover the difference that makes the difference in any complex challenge or opportunity. Clients s... Read More →
avatar for Lina Pugsley

Lina Pugsley

Ontario, Canada, Sheridan College
Lina Pugsley is the founder of Keeping Creativity Alive, an online resource that supports and inspires parents and educators to promote creativity at home and in schools. She attended her first CPSI conference as an associate creative director in digital marketing for one of... Read More →
avatar for Richard Toker

Richard Toker

Ontario, Canada, Rich Content
Richard Toker is a solutions-focused management consultant, facilitator and trainer. Since launching Rich Content in 2008, he has worked with clients to develop their internal marketing and management skills, and facilitated group dialogue at a diverse range of organizations incl... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Richmond Main Lounge 272

8:30am

CPS04 Springboard to Creative Problem Solving
Springboard is your fast track to a deliberate creativity process for solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities. You’ll learn the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process, the research-based gold standard of creativity methods, and be exposed to the FourSight framework, which can help you understand how you and your teammates approach challenges. Your team of experienced facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you the skills you need to advance your personal and professional goals. In this course, you will:
• Recognize and overcome blocks to creativity.
• Identify attitudes and behaviors conducive to creative thinking.
• Apply core concepts of creative thinking.
• Use a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools.
• Apply the CPS method to many simulated or real situations.
• Consciously be creative when facing problems and opportunities.
Pre-registration required.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Sharon De Korte

Sharon De Korte

New York, United States, The Curiosity Compass
Sharon de Korte is the founder of The Curiosity Compass, an innovation consulting company that does creative leadership coaching, facilitating and training. De Korte has designed and delivered innovation programs across the United States and internationally. She has applied the c... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Morozowich

Jennifer Morozowich

Ontario, Canada, INideas
A former advertising strategist, Jennifer Morozowich now runs INideas, a creative consulting company offering services in Creative Problem Solving training and facilitating, qualitative research, and brand strategy. She also teaches in the advertising program at Humber College. W... Read More →
avatar for Alison Murphy

Alison Murphy

Wisconsin, United States, Murphy Marketing Research
Alison Murphy is super excited to be teaching Springboard at CPSI this year. She is a founding partner of Murphy Marketing Research/TRENDTOWN, an insights consulting firm which specializes in new products. She is also a co-founder of Seedling Partners, which focuses on creativity... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Richmond Main Lounge 272

8:30am

CPS05 Creative Problem Solving Tools & Techniques
This is a natural stepping stone if you took Springboard previously. This fat-paced course allows beginner to intermediate facilitators to go deeper into the CPS process, adding more facilitation tools to your repertoire. You will gain a clear understanding of which tools to use at each stage of the CPS process, as well as how to modify them to fit your session objectives or add a bit of creative flair. You will also learn a variety of energizers and fun grouping games to keep your sessions engaging and interactive. Learn through small- and large-group work, including round-robin sharing and show-and-tell exercises. In this course, you will:
• Explore a variety of divergent and convergent techniques for individual and group problem solving.
• Learn how and where to apply different tools within the CPS process.
• Practice facilitating tools.
• Learn how to create and adapt tools.
• Discover ideation tools that you can apply in other processes, as well.
Pre-registration required.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Suzanne Chamberlain

Suzanne Chamberlain

New York, United States, University at Buffalo
A communicator for more than 30 years, Suzanne Chamberlain has been an on-air television reporter/anchor, marketer and public relations executive. Currently a senior director at the University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, she has nurtured entrepreneurial/university relations; created fundraising communications; strategized unit websites; and facilitated groups ranging from community activists to research administrators. She also co-teaches in Daemen... Read More →
avatar for Xiao Chen

Xiao Chen

New York, United States, International Center for Studies in Creativity
Xiao Chen is a graduate student at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY-Buffalo State. She has passion on creative thinking, leadership and education. Her dream is to benefit the kids in China by inspiring their natural creativity. Xiao had a professional career in the food industry before coming to Buffalo... Read More →
avatar for Thom Gonyeau

Thom Gonyeau

Principal, Mountain View Group
Thom Gonyeau is an owner and principal at Mountain View Group, an award-winning creative agency with a focus on content creation, media production, design, and strategic communications, based in Atlanta and New York. Clients include leaders at GE, The Coca-Cola Company, Raytheon... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Fargo Game Lounge 262

8:30am

CPS06 Facilitating Creative Problem Solving
Facilitation skills are central to the effective use of CPS, whether in formal meetings or informal brainstorming sessions. This course is designed for those who already know the CPS process in theory and are ready to put it into action as a facilitator. This course uses peer-group practices to prepare participants for working with actual clients. Characteristics of successful facilitation will be identified and practiced, and you will develop an awareness of your own strengths and areas for development. In this course, you will:
• Review and start to internalize the CPS process through the lens of the facilitator.
• Experience CPS from several points of view – as a facilitator, as the problem-owner, and as part of the resource group.
• Understand how to facilitate each step of the CPS process.
• Receive general facilitation tips that enhance any meeting.
• Receive individual and group feedback on facilitation skills.
• Explore and develop your facilitation style.
Pre-registration required.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Clare Dus

Clare Dus

New Jersey, United States, Sensory Spectrum
As vice president of managed services at Sensory Spectrum, Clare Dus leads the teams that design and execute technical approaches to consumer product evaluation. With more than 30 years of experience consulting to the consumer products industry, she has tasted, smelled, felt and looked at a wide range of consumer products. Dus is a trained facilitator in Creative Problem Solving and uses the skills to design and execute unique testing methodologies. Within Sensory Spectrum, she has led the development teams for consumer storytelling, sequence mapping and co-creation consumer labs. Recent work has resulted in her applying polarity thinking to understanding consumer tensions. Dus has a... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Peterson

Kristen Peterson

Innovation Catalyst, kpCatalyst
Kristen Peterson is the founder of kpCatalyst an organizational development consultancy specializing in creativity, innovation, and change leadership. She loves to design and facilitate transformative learning experiences and spends her spare time organizing events like Mindcam... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Richmond Aerobics

8:30am

CPS07 Training Creative Problem Solving
This program is designed to provide the modules, framework and practice to help you train individuals and groups in the Creative Problem Solving Process. In this highly interactive course, you will experience the modules of the CPSI Springboard program, have the opportunity to train others in these modules and receive feedback and coaching from your peers and experienced facilitators. Come prepared to work hard and have fun. Please note: Pre-work and on-site preparation will be required in order to “teach back” the course. In this course, you will:
• Explain each step of the CPS process.
• Explain the supporting principles of the CPS process.
• Apply adult learning and thinking styles for effective instruction.
• Demonstrate the skills needed to teach the CPS process, principles and tools, including effective presentation.
• Deliver the core CPSI Springboard program, which introduces participants to a layered approach to learning CPS.
Pre-registration required.

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 →
avatar for Cory Wright

Cory Wright

New York, United States, Monroe 1 BOCES
Cory Wright is an adjunct professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY-Buffalo State, a New York State educator, and partner with ZiDEAS Creativity Group. Since the 1990s, he has been immersed in the field of creativity and leadership, learning, teachin... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Fargo Study Lounge 452

8:30am

EDU01 Educating for Creativity: Level 1
This course is designed specifically for people who want to bring creativity and creative thinking skills into their work with learners – educators, youth leaders, administrators, etc. It is a fast track to a deliberate creativity process that will help you transform your work. You’ll be introduced to the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process, along with recent brain research on teaching, learning and curriculum design. These tools will enhance your abilities to teach creative thinking skills and produce a more interactive, motivating learning environment.

Your experienced creative education facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you a thorough, working knowledge of the CPS model, and its applications to your educational setting. In this course you will:
• Tap into your personal creativity so you can apply it in your lessons, meetings, projects, etc.
• Discover, explore and practice the CPS process.
• Practice applying creativity with learners.
• Adapt and design creativity experiences for the 21st century teaching environment through observation, participation, and discussion.
Pre-registration required.

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 →
avatar for Reg Foucar-Szocki

Reg Foucar-Szocki

James Madison University
Reg Foucar-Szocki plays many roles and in no particular order: Studied with Ruth Noller and Sid Parnes; met his lovely spouse, Diane, in Buffalo while in the master’s program; believes strongly that creativity is one of the key skills for success in the 4th Industrial Revolutio... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Greiner C134

8:30am

EDU02 Educating for Creativity: Level 2
This advanced course is designed specifically for people working with kids in any capacity who want to deepen their understanding of how to bring creativity to life in their work with students. Based on developmental theory, you’ll learn ways to provide structure for freedom (designing lessons, giving directions, imagining outcomes, creating spaces), interventions (when to tighten, when to release, using small and large group dynamics), and how to know when to do what.

You’ll deepen your knowledge about the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process, creative education, basic design thinking skills, and recent research on curriculum design that will enhance your abilities to teach creative thinking skills.

Your experienced facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you a thorough, working knowledge of the CPS model and it’s applications in your educational setting. In this course you will:
• Take an advanced deep dive into the CPS and design thinking processes.
• Discover accelerated practical applications of educating for creativity.
• Adapt and design creativity experiences for your own environment.
Pre-registration required.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Diane Foucar-Szocki

Diane Foucar-Szocki

Virginia, United States, James Madison University
Diane Foucar-Szocki, (CEF Distinguished Leader and ICCS graduate, professor of adult education and human resource development at James Madison University), attends CPSI this year primarily as a Minds at Work-certified Immunity to Change coach. Developmentally sensitive coaching a... 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 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Greiner C135

8:30am

EXT Extending Track
This track covers a wide range of creativity topics in back-to-back shorter sessions during the main program day.

Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
University at Buffalo North Campus John James Audubon Pkwy & Core Road, Buffalo, NY 14260

8:30am

IMM01 Building and Sustaining Innovation Cultures
Desire is not enough. Training is not enough. Rewards are not enough. If we want to see creative thinking, collaboration and problem solving thrive in our organizations, we must intentionally build the structures, policies and systems to make that happen year after year. This is the new desire based mantra of organizations of every type. In business, government, education and human services, it’s widely agreed that innovation culture is the differentiator that will make any organization thrive into the future. There are proven must-do strategic actions, which will deliver you to your aspiration and keep you there over time. There are equally proven pitfalls and counter-intuitive moves. We’ll explore both and then develop clear plans of action to get you to an innovation culture that lasts and thrives in your competitive niche. In this course you will:

• Understand the 12 key interdependent strategies for developing sustained innovation culture.
• Assess the strengths and weaknesses in your current cultural efforts aimed at creative thinking, collaboration, engagement and innovation.
• Plan the correct next moves that will allow you to leave a lasting legacy of improved creative collaboration in your organization.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Bob Eckert

Bob Eckert

CEO, New & Improved
Bob Eckert is CEO at New & Improved. His focus is on helping organizations harness and develop the innovative brain power of their people to deliver new and improved results. A sought-after trainer and speaker, Eckert uses his organizational design experience to make change effor... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Fargo Entertainment Lounge 261

8:30am

IMM02 Entreprenurial Bootcamp: Mastering the Business of Doing Business
Entrepreneurs drive change and build the global economy. They help solve the complex problems facing our world today, generate new and exciting products and services, and impact our lives on multiple levels. With so much on the line, what is the secret to entrepreneurial success? It is creativity, dedication, resilience, a commitment to personal and professional improvement and a solid understanding of the business of doing business. Individuals who commit to going beyond subject-matter expertise and stepping into business mastery will lead the pack in achieving their goals. This intensive program is designed to grow the knowledge and skillset for entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level. You will:
• Conduct an in-depth analysis of your business, and create a roadmap for the future.
• Explore how mission, vision and values shape your business.
• Articulate brand, unique value proposition, target market and marketing strategies in a clear, compelling manner.
• Expand your understanding of the number story and the key role it plays in business decision making.
• Identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan for how to best capitalize on assets and take advantage of opportunities.
• Discover how to integrate better customer service and talent management practices into your business.
In addition, you will create a short presentation to share with a group that can serve as the basis for a business plan. Note: This program will require some pre-work. You will be asked to gather information about your business to use in the program. Laptops are encouraged.

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 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Mildred Blake Center

8:30am

IMM03 Creative Conflict Management
Add new tools to your Creative Problem Solving tool kit so that you can skillfully analyze and manage conflicts. If you are leading innovation, chances are you are leading change. Even the most positive change initiatives can be disruptive. Interpersonal, intergroup and/or multilevel organizational conflicts can erupt without warning, and at the most inconvenient times. When small conflicts are poorly managed, it can lead to conflict tsunamis that surprise even the most skilled facilitator. But you will not get swept away or washed up if you have better tools at the ready. You will:
• Understand what conflict is and the prosocial value of conflicts for groups.
• Learn how thinking styles• yours and others• can impact team and group dynamics.
• Apply CPS tools to conflict management.
• Facilitate and explore new activities, tools and techniques• including the best tools for analyzing conflicts.
• Discover how to use underlying neuroscience principles to change negative dynamics.
• Create your own specialized kit.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith

British Columbia, Canada, Strategic Play
Jacqueline Lloyd Smith worked as a licensed partner with the LEGO Group in Denmark, where she was trained, and then became a trainer for the company in the method of LEGO Serious Play. In 2007, she received the LEGO Serious Play methods Business Growth Award from the Play for Bus... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Webster

Jennifer Webster

Mediator Arbitrator, Jennifer Webster
Jennifer is a mediator, arbitrator and facilitator with a focus on managing workplace conflict through Creative Problem Solving and relationship building. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked for more than 15 years as a labour mediator with Federal Mediation and Concili... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm
Greiner B118

10:30am

EXT0201 Going Paperless: CPS Tools for Coaching
We will explore different ways in which specific Creative Problem Solving tools and techniques might be adapted as powerful exercises for use in face-to-face coaching. You will:
• “Test drive" various tools through hands-on activities .
• Experience both coach and coachee roles.
• Learn new applications for old tools and techniques.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Kim McGaw

Kim McGaw

Texas, United States, Rice University
Kim McGaw began teaching for continuing studies in 2005 after a career as a professional comedienne. She was selected by audition to train and perform in the conservatory at Chicago's famed Second City. As director of professional programs for the Glasscock School, she now brings... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG3

10:30am

EXT0202 (NEW) Discover Your Personal Brand Equity Through Poetry
Reveal your values, mission and vision through structured word play and the power of poetry. Plus, you will learn how this exercise and Challenge Mapping can be use with organizations to uncover fresh insights, and as springboards for strategic development and messaging. Join us to discover your own North Star!

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 Shannon Wagers

Shannon Wagers

Innovation Guide and Creativity Coach, Procter and Gamble
Shannon Wagers is a consumer products professional with decades of experience in creating winning products, including Tide, Olay, Old Spice, and Gillette. He is a graduate of Miami University (OH) with a bachelor’s in chemistry. He was awarded his first patent in 2005, and has... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG2

10:30am

EXT0203 Amplify Your Influence: Creating Results through Persuasion
In this modern, networked and collaborative world, your creativity and expertise alone are not enough to achieve big results. You also need influence and persuasion skills to convince others that your creativity and expertise merit their attention and commitment. You will:
• Learn the specific tools and techniques necessary to influence and persuade others to provide you with critical attention and commitment to your ideas.
• Discover a power model that provides proven steps for influence and persuasion, a framework to recognize and leverage the different thinking styles and mindsets you will encounter, the 10 laws of influence and persuasion that automatically trigger the responses you require, and a four-phrase process to deliver presentations that gain attention and commitment for your ideas.
• Walk away with an action plan for your further growth and success.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Daniel Knight

Daniel Knight

Founder, Five Star Decision Institute
Daniel (Dan) J. Knight is an award-winning speaker and writer, and a performance coach. He is a contributing editor for the leading business strategy journal, Strategy & Leadership, and is a thought leader in strategic decision making. Knight founded and heads the Five Star Decis... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner B120

10:30am

EXT0204 (NEW) 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
avatar for Jane Fischer

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 →


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG4

1:30pm

EXT0301 Implement Now: Applying KANBAN to Optimize and Act
The Japanese word KANBAN, meaning visual signal, is a productivity methodology that allows us to visualize the amount of work we have and how that work is done. Adaptable to different contexts, ages, professions and learning styles, KANBAN allows us to understand the shape of our work and where our bottlenecks are, what we excel at, and where we should put a focus for improvement. Once you have a KANBAN board in place, it becomes the cornerstone for a journey of continuous improvement. If you are a CPS practitioner, KANBAN is a great addition to the implementation phase toolset. Whatever the size or complexity of your next idea, KANBAN can help you make it happen. You will:
• Learn the four basic rules of KANBAN.
• Build an initial KANBAN board for a project or work process of your choice.
• Understand how to use your board to have clarity about how you work, what blocks you, and how you can improve.
• Learn how to implement more through KANBAN.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Ariel Fligler

Ariel Fligler

RentedMinds
Ariel Fligler has more than 25 years of experience in the Israeli high-tech industry, with 15 years of executive focus on organizational innovation. Through his company, RentedMinds, he partners with his customers to instill a sustainable culture of innovation covering the creative thinking, design thinking and innovation management realms. Active in the open innovation industry, Ariel sold more than 10 patents and trade-secret ideas to various companies. Some of the brands he works with include Intel, EMC, Pfizer, WIX, and the Israeli Ministry of Education. To keep his brain muscles in shape, he is a frequent participant in international innovation competitions and has won prizes from brands such as Intel, Ford, BMW, and Lindt. Ariel has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in software... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner B116

1:30pm

EXT0302 Dealing with Difficult and BIG Personalities in Our Facilitations and Meetings
We have the markers, the brainstorming guidelines, the dots. Yet in seconds, a difficult participant can unravel our plans, our designs and our success because what we DON'T have are strategies to handle these unpredictable people! Each of us has experienced this pain, right? If we're lucky we navigated it. But there's no need to rely on luck – the process is simple when the core principles are in place. You will:
• Learn how to analyze the behaviors of these challenging personalities and which prevention and intervention techniques you can apply to alter their behavior.
• Explore the importance of being respectful of difficult particiapnts, even if they don’t seem to deserve it.
• Learn how to keep calm when faced with people who push your buttons.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Dawn Depasquale

Dawn Depasquale

Pennsylvania, United States, Doctors at Work USA
More than 10,000 global leaders have been impacted by Dawn DePasquale’s insights and education in leadership, innovation, and Creative Problem Solving. As a master trainer and CPS 6.1 certified, she’s been a consultant to blue chip companies and premier universities including... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner B120

1:30pm

EXT0303 Get that Ovation in Innovation: Celebrating Breakthroughs for Humanity
Innovation is a buzz word that has traversed climes with a somewhat generational excitement. However, most times it lacks comprehensiveness in its composition and meaning. Every innovation has an ovation, which means an enthusiastic applause of approval. In creativity terms, it represents an opportunity for applause by humanity and to spur uncommon development in all spheres. There is also a relationship in meaning and application. Any wonder Ralph Waldo Emerson says that each man is a hero and an oracle, just as Nathaniel Hawthorne believes that every individual has a place to fill in the world? Literature is replete with feats that represent a new genre of innovation perspective to be described as ovation. You will:
• Learn about leaders who are examples of ovation in innovation.
• Discover ovation creativity techniques and models, such as Constructive Controversy; leadership be-attitudes; Fall, Fail & Rise (FFR); Exploration-Exploitation ambidexterity, and creative flexibility.
• Appreciate exercises that will ignite and reawaken your ovation instinct.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Abel Ochigbo

Abel Ochigbo

Nigeria, National Assembly
Abel Ochigbo has been a CPSI participant since 2006 and a CPSI Extending leader since 2014. Ochigbo has served within the private and public sectors in Nigeria, including as general manager in the subsidiary of a Quoted company, Jos International Breweries, and currently as deput... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner LG3

1:30pm

EXT0304 (NEW) It’s No Laughing Matter: Finding the Humor in Adversity
We all face difficulty – difficult situations, difficult people, difficult challenges. It’s what we DO while we are in the midst of difficulty that helps determine how we will perceive the situation later. While it’s important to allow ourselves to feel negative feelings and emotions while they’re happening – in order to process them – humor can help release the pressure. Often, humor is not just a coping mechanism, it is a true release that re-frames a situation and changes our perception of it. We will:
• Practice using humor to understand how we view past adversity and create habits to help use laughter as a way to process feelings in the future.
• Plan to do some reflection, some improvisational exercises, and a whole lot of laughing.
(Tissues and chocolate will be provided – you’re on your own for a change of underwear.)

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Missy Carvin

Missy Carvin

President, New Directions Consulting, Inc.


Thursday June 15, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner LG4

3:30pm

EXT0401 Design More Engaging Experiences with the Five Es: Entice, Enter, Engage, Exit, Extend
Our lives are full of experiences – some that are etched in our memory and others that we quickly forget. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to design more delightful and lasting experiences using a powerful design framework called THE FIVE Es (short for Entice, Enter, Engage, Exit and Extend). You will:
  • Learn and apply the 5 Es Framework.
  • Map a recent experience and identify opportunities to improve it.
  • Design a more meaningful and lasting experience for your organization, personal life or brand.

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 →


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner B116

3:30pm

EXT0402 Unleash the Storyteller in You
Maggie kept saying that she was not any good at telling stories. Meanwhile, she told a story about her career turning point that was both vivid and compelling. Like Maggie, many people dismiss their lives as boring and dull (I grew up in the suburbs, I do not have any interesting stories). This session will help professionals find and polish story gems that will enhance their impact in innovation, leadership, public speaking, employee coaching, sales, counseling and education. Whether you are a natural or wannabe storyteller, learn how to create stories of human struggle and triumph that leave your listeners pondering new truths. You will learn essential skills for personal storytelling to amplify the impact of your business communications: mining your life for stories, developing plot and meaning, and using descriptive language to depict characters and scenes. You will:
• Explore your career and personal life for stories that can be used in professional communications.
• Find deeper meaning in your stories and connect it to business/professional situations.
• Practice personal storytelling skills through story sharing exercises.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Jean Storlie

Jean Storlie

Minnesota, United States, Storlietelling LLC
Jean Storlie designs and facilitates processes to help business teams collaborate in solving strategic, technical, health, innovation, and communication challenges. Story-based exercises are infused into Creative Problem Solving to deepen insights, create empathy, spark the flow... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner LG2

3:30pm

EXT0403 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 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner LG3

3:30pm

EXT0404 Firefighters, Teachers, Designers and Engineers: Lessons for Unleashing Basadur Innovation Profile for Teams
In our turbulent world, problems facing organizations are much more complex than ever before and require collaboration across different disciplines for innovative solutions. However, people have different problem-solving styles. This reality makes it difficult for people with different styles to work together efficiently to create real change. Disover an implementable cognitive problem-solving process that enables collaborative innovation. Individuals identify their unique preferences for different stages for the innovation process and learn how to synergize their efforts, avoiding the frustration and dysfunction that typifies much teamwork. Teams can effectively learn how to complete each other rather than cancel each other. We will provide real-world examples and a proven instrument to measure individual preferences. You will:
• Raise your self-awareness about your own innovation style.
• Take steps to successfully innovate together in cognitively diverse teams.
• Facilitate the integration of diverse expertise to manage innovative projects through to completion.

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 Tim Basadur

Tim Basadur

Assistant Professor of Management, College of Business, Concordia University Chicago
Tim Basadur is an assistant professor of management in Concordia University Chicago’s College of Business. His research and teaching interests include topics that can be said to fall under managerial cognition, including individual and organizational creativity, strategic thinking, and self-regulatory orientation. Basadur has extensive experience as a creativity and innovation consultant, having developed trainers and process leaders, and led strategic planning, facility design, and team initiatives in a diverse range of client organizations including Teradata, eBay, UBS, Yum! Brands, and Bell Canada, among others. He is also active in the Chicago-area arts community, where he serves as a volunteer business consultant for arts organizations like Ensemble Dal Niente, the National Veterans Art Museum, New Music Chicago, and Sones de Mexico through the Arts... 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 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner B120
 
Friday, June 16
 

8:30am

EXT0501 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 →


Friday June 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greinber LG3

8:30am

EXT0502 Creative Space: Using Environmental Psychology to Boost Creativity at Work, Home and School
Techniques to AMPLIFY idea generation tend to focus on cognitive methods. But we have another resource for improving creative productivity that is often overlooked, but no less powerful – space. In fact, our physical surroundings have an enormous impact on our ability to solve problems, generate original ideas, and see the world in a fresh light, often without us being aware of it. We’ll explore how the built environment influences creative thinking and how we can apply evidence-based research to increase our creative output. Topics covered include color, lighting, materials, furnishings, artwork, sound, plantscaping, planning, details and others. No special design expertise required! Bonus exercise: Bring one to two digital photos of your creative space to the session and we'll explore what makes it work for you (and if there's any room for making it even better). You will:
• Understand the role environmental psychology plays in creative thinking.
• Apply practical techniques for optimizing creative space for maximum idea generation.
• Source materials useful to developing an effective creative environment.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Donald Rattner

Donald Rattner

Creativity Architect, Donald M. Rattner, RA, AIA
Creativity Architect Donald M. Rattner holds a bachelor’s in art history from Columbia and a master’s in architecture from Princeton. He is the founder and principal of Donald M. Rattner, AIA, an award-winning architectural and creativity consultancy specializing in the desig... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B120

8:30am

EXT0503 Amplify Your Creative Experiences with LEGO Bricks, Kits and Sets
LEGO bricks have the power to engage! Learn how LEGO sets and kits are being used to devise creativity-enhancing activities for informal education situations. You will:
• Discover some unusual uses for LEGO bricks, including some used at LEGO fan conventions.
• Apply some of these uses yourself to learn to see the LEGO brick in a different light
• Design new activities using smaller LEGO sets.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Patricia Tsoiasue

Patricia Tsoiasue

California, United States, ETES Inc.
Patricia Tsoi-A-Sue is a creativity facilitator, community designer and developer and is committed to STEAM program development. She has a degree in computer science, and worked in technical positions in industries such as aviation, banking, broadcast engineering and aerospace. F... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B116

8:30am

EXT0504 Giving Powerful and Passionate Presentations
Fearful, anxious or just not excited about your next presentation? Amplify your presentations and yourself. Give up those tired old slides and PowerPoint that are getting in the way and get passionate about your content. In this touching and fun-filled session, you will learn how to:
• Pick topics that you are truly passionate about or find a passion in subjects that may have been assigned to you, so that your talks come to life.
• Truly connect with your audience, yourself and the presentation space.
• Be dynamic and persuasive, any time, any place
Bring ideas for a talk and, as time permits, we will make it an even more exciting presentation. And remember, since life is a presentation, this session may change your life.

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 →


Friday June 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG2

10:30am

EXT0601 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 →


Friday June 16, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner B120

10:30am

EXT0602 How Might CPS Amplify Religious Tolerance for Global Peace?
There is a potential synergy between religious practice and improved creative cognition. Religious systems generally promote goodness and the avoidance of evil. While energized differently by various religions, the practice of this injunction can certainly be assisted by other nonreligious systems. Creative Problem Solving is one such system. The CPS process has two repeating processes of divergent and convergent thinking. Each has guidelines that lend itself to the pursuit of good – deferring judgment, and using affirmative judgment. My creative practice using the CPS process, combined with my work as a Catholic priest, revealed that an amplification of the CPS process in the practice of Christian faith would ultimately assist Christians to internalize the biblical injunction not to judge, as emphasized by the first law of divergent thinking. Deferring judgment would make the adherent more mature and tolerant, eschewing the natural tendency to judge impulsively. Conclusively, when followers of religions more maturely manage judgment by using CPS, our world can be a better place. The diversity of the world could be celebrated and not be divisive. A true practitioner of the CPS process would be a better practitioner of any religious system. Ultimately, CPS supports personal transformation and creativity. You will:
• Internalize the connection between divergent thinking and religious tolerance.
• Explore practical ways to convince religious adherents on how to promote broad-mindedness.
• Learn how CPS might make you a simple, humble person who discovers that religions are alternatives to encountering the Divine.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Felix-Kingsley Obialo

Felix-Kingsley Obialo

Nigeria, Catholic Arcdiocese of Ibadan
Felix-Kingsley Obialo is a Catholic priest who pastors more than 700 congregants in his native Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in educational evaluation from the University of Ibadan. He was the first Nigerian graduate from the International Center for Studies in Creativity. He is... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner B116

10:30am

EXT0603 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 →


Friday June 16, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG3

10:30am

EXT0604 John Adair's Action-Centred Leadership
In this interactive session, explore John Adair's Action-Centered Leadership model and what it takes to be a good leader. You will:
• Discover the roots of ACL.
• Explore the three circles of creativity, how they intersect, and their interdependencies.
• Learn about the concept of "creative leader helicoptering" to ensure high levels of team motivation and engagement.
• See how other motivational theories relate and can help enable high-performing creative teams.

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.


Friday June 16, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG2

1:30pm

EXT0701 Art of Social Dialog: Meaningful Conversations for Meaningful Issues
Homelessness, poverty, education, racism and natural-resource management are examples of big hairy problems that persist on local, national and international scales. Because these issues are so overwhelming and polarizing, many shy away from having meaningful dialogue as a part of trying to solve these issues. This workshop asks you to meld dialogic theory and Creative Problem Solving to develop methods, tools and processes that can be applied to complex social issues in ways that result in insight and actionable solutions. A key component is how to listen and integrate diverse voices in resulting solutions. We will explore perspectives to CPS efforts through the lenses of social service organizations, advocacy groups and business. We will look at how communication rituals can impede dialogue, identify tools and techniques that can be used to explore presumptions, explore approaches that enhance listening and integration of diverse voices, and play with how a mash up of CPS and dialogue amplifies the creative process in pursuit of big solutions. You will:
• Recognize dynamics of social-issue problem solving.
• Identify ways to foster meaningful participation from, and attention to, diverse voices.
• Map a process to facilitate problem solving of big, hairy problems.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Nee-Gieringer

Cheryl Nee-Gieringer

Oregon, United States, Worksystems
Cheryl Nee-Gieringer is a communication professional with a passion for understanding the relationship between communication and creativity. She has a background in training program development, marketing, and organizational development. At Worksystems, a Portland-based nonprofit... Read More →
avatar for Mary Ellyn Vicksta

Mary Ellyn Vicksta

Wisconsin, United States, Vicksta Innovative Practices LLC
Mary Ellyn Vicksta specializes in creativity training, creativity workshops, team building, and team development. She is a seasoned facilitator who is trained in Creative Problem Solving and certified in Edward deBono thinking tools. Lately, she has been exploring online collabor... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Greiner LG3

1:30pm

EXT0702 BrandCrafting – What Does Your Consumer’s Brand Stand for?
BrandCrafting is a simple tool for agencies and clients to collaboratively plan their brand communication, humanize it, and find a sticky message. Ever wondered why, despite all your efforts, sales remain flat? Perhaps it is not your brand, it’s the message or how consumers perceive you. As businesses enter the creative era, innovative thinking and strategy are not enough because consumers are constantly changing – what worked then may not work now. You wil learn to:
• Build your future by understanding how consumers perceive your brand.
• Develop your skills in discovering what you don’t know yet – by understanding needs and finding the human value in your brand’s offering.
• Stretch your thinking to help you define your marketing message and ideas.
• Familiarize yourself with communication/account planning and get the clarity needed to collaboratively develop the best creativity with your advertising agency.
This workshop is targeted to marketers, brand managers, researchers and advertisers.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Alexandra Suarez

Alexandra Suarez

Puerto Rico, United States, Seriously Creative
Alexandra Suarez graduated from Cornell University and pursued an MBA in consumer behavior from ESADE Barcelona. She lived in New York, Spain, and South Africa and traveled to more than 40 countries before moving back to Puerto Rico to work in consumer research, strategic plannin... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Greiner B120

1:30pm

EXT0703 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 →


Friday June 16, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Greiner B116

1:30pm

EXT0704 Simple. Nimble. Quick.
It’s a world full of scary buzzwords out there … disruptive innovation leading to transformational change resulting in agile organizations (or alternatively, gastric upset and stress). Most organizations and their leaders feel confused and left behind, knowing they’re still on the hook to grow and deliver BUT in an environment where the rules are anything but certain. This sometimes-provocative, no-nonsense session challenges you to think differently about the change you need to be to stay relevant to your customers, while getting ahead by uncovering the simple things that start-ups do to stay nimble and quick in a constantly changing world. You will:
• Learn why the whole world had better get nimble. Quick.
• Understand the core elements of a nimble organization from what we know about new ventures.
• Discover simple ways to begin creating more nimble organizations.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming

Ontario, Canada, Combustion Creativity
Paul Fleming’s day jobs give him a unique perspective on the working world. As the VP of Fuel with Combustion, a world-conquering, butt-kicking learning and development company, he works with clients to develop programs delivering ninja-level soft skills like creativity, presen... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Greiner LG2
 
Saturday, June 17
 

8:30am

EXT0801 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 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG4

8:30am

EXT0802 Empathy Activist Training
Love is the answer. But how do you DO that? This training was originally created as a response to the U.S. election to help Americans struggling with how to interact with their colleagues, friends and families that held opposing political views. People were feeling hurt, afraid and even betrayed by those closest to them. Connection is possible, even when you disagree, but it takes specific skills to create these conversations. You will also learn how to better protect your own feelings and perspective, as well as how and when to speak so you are most likely to be heard. You will leave this workshop with the resources to lead this training in your own community. Previous participants have replicated this training for church groups, activists and community groups in both the U.S. and abroad. You will:
• Learn a simple, conceptual framework to quickly understand conflict.
• Practice a high-impact empathy technique that rapidly diffuses tension and creates connection.
• Develop skills to manage the conversation, no matter how intense the emotions.

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 →


Saturday June 17, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG3

8:30am

EXT0803 3D Modeling for Collaboration
3D modeling, rooted in Theory U and systems thinking, is a highly participatory, collaborative strategy for clarifying assumptions, uncovering problems, and creating shared meaning. We’ll share how we have used simple crafting and prototyping supplies as a way to enhance collaboration in our organization. You will:
• Develop an understanding of the practice of modeling
• Engage in a hands-on modeling experience.
• Explore scenarios where modeling is a great tool for developing insights and connections.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Amy Bosley

Amy Bosley

Vice President of Organizational Development and Human Resources, Valencia College
Amy Bosley is proud to work at the Aspen-prize winning Valencia College, where she has served students in a variety of capacities. Early in her career, she began teaching as an adjunct and dual-enrollment instructor in the East Campus communications department. After moving to a... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday June 17, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner LG2

8:30am

EXT0804 Amplify Your Creative Output With Your Story
Storytelling is the process of using narrative to amplify. We are wired to communicate through stories. Whether you are a business leader speaking to your team, a brand marketer speaking to customers, or a human being connecting to others, the ability to tell a great story helps you communicate with impact. You will learn through hands-on experiences:
• The principles of effective storytelling.
• How to mine your own experiences for storytelling.
• What stories work in various settings.
• How to craft your true, first-person stories.
• How to tell your stories live, without notes, to another person, to a small group, or to a live audience.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Ivy Eisenberg

Ivy Eisenberg

New York, United States, Our IdeaWorks, LLC
Ivy Eisenberg is the founder of Our IdeaWorks, a customer-driven innovation and lean customer research consultancy. She helps companies connect to customers and other stakeholders to discover business opportunities, accelerate growth, and build and deliver successful products and... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Greiner B116

10:30am

EXT0901 TWISTED Tools & Techniques
The world is an immensely diverse place. We are all unique. One size does not fit all. Creative Problem Solving is no exception. In our work today, we are challenged to create environments and learning experiences that respect diversity. Hear how Janeen and Jennifer have twisted CPS tools this way and that way to meaningfully involve people of many backgrounds, including people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and sensory challenges. You will:
• Leave with more tools in your tool kit.
• Participate in a knowledge exchange, where you share adapted techniques that you have used to include a wide variety of people in CPS.
• Engage in an adapted CPS process to further explore "In what ways might we include a wide variety of people to actively participate in CPS in purposeful and meaningful ways?".

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Janeen Halliwell

Janeen Halliwell

Ontario, Canada, People Minded Business
Janeen Halliwell is a principal consultant and trainer with People Minded Business, an agency that works with organizations focused on improving people's lives. She is also founder of We Move Forward, an International Women’s Day conference held annually on The Island of Women... Read More →
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Jennifer Keilty-Friesen

Ontario, Canada, People Minded Business Inc.
Jennifer Keilty-Friesen founded People Minded Business in 2004 when she realized that she could be of the greatest assistance to organizations by cross-pollinating ideas from one organization to the next and one sector to the next. She quickly learned that she was meant to work o... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG2

10:30am

EXT0902 Leveraging Brains: How to Create a Personal (and Virtual) Board of Directors
Expand your creative thinking, strengthen your ideas, and get ready to make change. Learn to amplify your effectiveness by virtually leveraging the thought power of others. Companies have boards of directors to help them make better decisions – why not individuals, too? Who would you want on your board? Albert Einstein? Alex Osborn? Your favorite aunt? We'll use the perspectives of others to help amplify our outcomes. You will:
• Develop insight-finding skills.
• Create a personalized board of directors.
• Practice making your solutions stronger with the support of your board.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Janese Evans

Janese Evans

Minnesota, United States, Strategic Toolbox
Janese Evans is a marketing and creativity professional who has a talent for approaching problems in different ways. She helps organizations get unstuck, move forward, uncover solutions, and tap into their best strategic and creative thinking. As principal of Strategic Toolbox, s... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG3

10:30am

EXT0903 Create a Workflow Process that Amplifies Accountability
An organization is the sum of its parts. Let us help you put all the pieces together, understanding how one person's decision impacts other individuals and the organization as a whole. Extra effort upfront means improved workplace relationships. Learn how to design workflow processes that are attainable so that employees do not need to create work-arounds. Fewer work-arounds means higher productivity. This provides the right tools to perform your responsibilities in the best possible way. Right tools means higher productivity. Our workplace is our community. Instead of asking yourself whom are you including in the process, ask yourself whom you are excluding. You will:
• Learn new practices to ensure your workspace is not excluding any employees.
• Practice relevant and effective communication.
• Learn positive intercultural practices and set realistic workflow processes.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Dawna Atamanchuk

Dawna Atamanchuk

Manitoba, Canada, Benefits and Beyond
Dawna Atamanchuk has been working in the field of learning and performance since 2003. She has the ability to conceptualize the needs of the organization, identify the learning gaps, and bring the right partners and tools to the table to design their plan. Those who know Dawna wi... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner LG4

10:30am

EXT0904 Creative Hero's Journey
You are the hero of your own story. Like all heroes, you are on a journey. And if you are like most at CPSI, your journey involves your creativity. So, what can the creative hero (you) learn from the journeying heroes of literature and history? Learn how the archetypal Hero's Journey mirrors the creative journey and explore how you can apply the lessons identified by Joseph Campbell and others to your own creative journeys – whether it's the journey of a single creative endeavor, or the journey of living a creative life. You will:
• Identify the stages of the classical Hero's Journey.
• Map the Hero's Journey to creative endeavors.
• Find personal lessons for being more successfully creative from the lessons of history's real and literary heroes.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Paul Reali

Paul Reali

Trainer & Facilitator, OmniSkills
Trainer and facilitator Paul Reali helps teams discover and mine their creative potential. His company, OmniSkills serves clients across the United States, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Eaton, Lowe's, Macy's, and Raytheon. Paul is the managing editor for ICSC Press... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Greiner B116

1:30pm

EXT1001 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 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner LG3

1:30pm

EXT1002 (NEW) Creative Hero's Journey
You are the hero of your own story. Like all heroes, you are on a journey. And if you are like most at CPSI, your journey involves your creativity. So, what can the creative hero (you) learn from the journeying heroes of literature and history? Learn how the archetypal Hero's Journey mirrors the creative journey and explore how you can apply the lessons identified by Joseph Campbell and others to your own creative journeys – whether it's the journey of a single creative endeavor, or the journey of living a creative life. You will:
• Identify the stages of the classical Hero's Journey.
• Map the Hero's Journey to creative endeavors.
• Find personal lessons for being more successfully creative from the lessons of history's real and literary heroes.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Paul Reali

Paul Reali

Trainer & Facilitator, OmniSkills
Trainer and facilitator Paul Reali helps teams discover and mine their creative potential. His company, OmniSkills serves clients across the United States, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Eaton, Lowe's, Macy's, and Raytheon. Paul is the managing editor for ICSC Press... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner LG2

1:30pm

EXT1003 Creativity for Professionals Who Have No Time: Rethinking Creativity
Let’s admit it. You are not able to feel creative because you have no time. During your work routine, it is hard to make time to daydream, be flexible, and ask questions when your supervisor wants some answers immediately. How do you manage that pressure and integrate creativity in a sector that is under-appreciating true innovation culture? Unfortunately, until a new look is taken, the current 87% of professionals worldwide who are feeling stuck and lack a creative outlet will remain that way. But there is a solution. It’s rethinking creativity. You will:
• Experience how to integrate creative thinking as a practical, tangible and life-skill set.
• Integrate creativity into habit building
• Learn how to articulate creativity in a professional setting and help others understand the value of creativity at work.
For the second half, we will learn how to articulate and share these values as an educator, facilitator, leader in an organization, or an employee.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Monica Kang

Monica Kang

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox
Monica Kang is a creative educator and a passionate community builder. She founded InnovatorsBox to demystify society’s perception about creativity and has traveled to show how one can learn creativity regardless of what workplace or title you have. Since launching, InnovatorsB... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner B120

1:30pm

EXT1004 Disrupt CPSI/Creativity
Occasionally a presentation or event inspires you and makes you see things differently. Develop and perform an impactful visual presentation that is meant to inspire, inform and empower others. The Disrupt format is a series of short-focused presentations made by session participants who want to share their ideas and interact with an audience. Presentations are limited to five minutes with 20 moving slides on a creative idea that the presenter will prepare and present. The slides change every 15 seconds. The presenter(s) focuses on one topic in this short time frame. The audience is encouraged to interact during the presentation by clapping, laughing and providing positive comments. You will see cutting-edge presentations as examples, followed by an interactive and enjoyable way to develop presentation material. You will:
• Learn how to create impactful presentations using the Disrupt format.
• Develop and present a visual presentation, then interact with the audience.
• Reflect on presentations with new perspectives and insights.

Leaders/Presenters
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Kimberly Hawkins

Human Resources Technology Consultant
Kimberly Hawkins is a human resources technology consultant. She considers herself a workplace anthropologist, using creativity to help solve technology problems in the workplace. She received her master’s in human resources from Cornell University and her bachelor’s in socio... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Murray

Bernie Murray

Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Bernie Murray is an associate professor in communication and design at Ryerson University. Currently, she is completing her doctoral degree in curriculum studies and teacher development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greiner B116