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

7:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Miriam Michael

Miriam Michael

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

Louise Neilson

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


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

7:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Min Basadur

Min Basadur

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

Richard Perez

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


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

7:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Susannah Childers

Susannah Childers

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


Thursday June 15, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Porter Main Lounge 241
 
Saturday, June 17
 

3:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Sari Gluckin

Sari Gluckin

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


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

3:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Joe Gammal

Joe Gammal

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


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

3:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for William Shephard

William Shephard

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


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

3:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Farzaneh Hedayati

Farzaneh Hedayati

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


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

3:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Lindsay McDonald

Lindsay McDonald

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

Denise Pinto

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


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

3:30pm

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Cecilia Yau

Cecilia Yau

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


Saturday June 17, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Greiner C134
 
Sunday, June 18
 

8:30am

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

Leaders/Presenters
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 →


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

8:30am

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Deborah Madelaine

Deborah Madelaine

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


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

8:30am

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

Leaders/Presenters
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 →


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

8:30am

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Dan Bigonesse

Dan Bigonesse

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

Katie Tagye

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


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

8:30am

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Bill Olsen

Bill Olsen

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


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

8:30am

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

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta

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


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