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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
 

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

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
 
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

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
 
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

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

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

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