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Thursday, June 10 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Powering Up Creativity with Metaphors

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Our thinking is filled with metaphors, conscious and unconscious, that describe how we experience life. “Well, that meeting was like climbing a mountain,” “She's a force of nature,” “Creativity is a journey, not a destination.” Metaphors are simply comparing one thing to another to help us understand or convey something about how we make meaning. In this interactive, reflective session, we will introduce principles from the “Clean Language” approach (Wendy Sullivan, Judy Rees, and others). This approach is firmly grounded in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. By tuning in to our own and others' metaphors we give ourselves a powerful tool for creative thinking and innovation.     

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will explore your own metaphors and meaning making.
  • You will learn simple questions that illuminate metaphors.
  • You will be challenged to identify applications for creativity.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might discover how bringing out metaphors expands peoples' worldviews.
  • You might find new ways to help others be more creative.
  • You might be inspired to explore the “Clean Language” body of work.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might find deliberate metaphor expansion as a tool for yourself.
  • You might find deliberate metaphor expansion as a tool for working with others.
  • You might find exploring metaphors is a good standard tool for many creative thinking processes.


Elizabeth Monroe-Cook

President, Monroe-Cook & Associates
Liz has attended CPSI since 1991, and is a frequent program team member, presenter, and now serves on the CEF Board. She is living proof that CPSI can change lives. Liz is always looking for new connections in ideas, new ways of presenting and absorbing information. She loves the... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT