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Monday, June 7
 

12:00pm EDT

CPSI Opening Event and Keynote with Stephanie Reh
Join CPSI friends old and new to see what's in store for our CPSI 2021 Grow Virtual Conference and hear the welcome keynote from Accountability Evangelist, Stephanie Reh. 

Speakers

Monday June 7, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

1:30pm EDT

Speed Dating Networking
Meet, greet, and move along in this super-fun, highly interactive networking event. 

Speakers
avatar for Pascal Patenaude

Pascal Patenaude

Owner, Patenaude Research & Communications
Pascal Patenaude has more than 20 years of experience in the qualitative research industry. Since 2012, he is the president and founder of Patenaude Research and Communications, a qualitative research consulting company specializing in the French Canadian market.Pascal is a professional... Read More →
avatar for Marc Engel

Marc Engel

Principal, Engel Research Partners


Monday June 7, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Zoom

2:15pm EDT

Pre-Conference MiniSessions
Enjoy 3 mini-sessions to set up your mindset for the coming weeks.

Aaron Palileo
CovInnovate: From COVID-19 to Innovation-21

Sari Gluckin
My Compass - explore new directions for your professional growth

Paul Skaggs
Sketchnotes: Re-growing a Latent Skill 

Speakers
avatar for Sari Gluckin

Sari Gluckin

Founder, Wishful Thinking
Sari has been facilitating groups for over 25 years. She currently teaches Facilitation Methods at the Institute of Design in Chicago. She has a hard time making decisions and would prefer to linger in the world of idea generation. One of her favorite creative pursuits is cooking... Read More →
avatar for Paul Skaggs

Paul Skaggs

Professor, Brigham Young University
Paul Skaggs joined academia after 22 years in new product design and development – including 14 years in which he operated his own full-service consulting firm. Clients included Kodak, Fisher-Price, UPS, Motorola, AT&T, Xerox, Olivetti and Hewlett-Packard, among others. For the... Read More →


Monday June 7, 2021 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Tuesday, June 8
 

9:00am EDT

Jump Into Creative Problem Solving
Join in if this is your first CPSI or you would like to get to know what Creative Problem Solving (CPS) is and experience how it flows. With the help of a special furry client you will see how to move from problems to solutions as you follow along through each step of the Creative Problem Solving process. There will be hands-on brainstorm time to try some of the tools to plot your own best CPSI experience and plenty of time for questions. Participants will take away tools and templates to begin using CPS immediately.  

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will understand the CPSI definition of deliberate creativity. 
  • You will experience the flow of the CPS process.
  • You will understand and try divergent and convergent thinking which drives the CPS process.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might begin to see the world through the lens of deliberate creativity. 
  • You might experience the exhilaration of designing a plan for a vexing challenge. 
  • You might come to believe by using CPS that nothing is impossible!

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might find ways to use CPS in your life and your work. 
  • You might see your life improve as you try more new and different ways to meet any personal goal.  
  • You might amaze your friends and fool your enemies with your new creative skills.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Billoni

Anthony Billoni

Chief Catalyst, AB Creativity
Anthony (“Tony”) has been part of CPSI leadership for 20+ years and regularly facilitates CPS with clients. He is proud that CPS and Brainstorming were invented in Buffalo, NY – his hometown. Writing fiction is one of Tony’s creative pursuits and he loves that most every attendee... Read More →


Tuesday June 8, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Up Your Game with Appreciative Inquiry (AI)
Why add the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology to your skill toolbox?  In an increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world, we need fast and effective ways to spark new thinking. This approach, started by David Cooperider in the 1980s, invites you to incorporate strengths and successes into your process and innovate your future by asking meaningful questions that inspire new thinking. This interactive session will teach foundational concepts, help you understand when to use AI, and get you started incorporating it in your work and personal life. We will explore how you can incorporate meaningful questions and enhance engagement, leverage collaboration, and develop actionable outcomes with your teams. You will experience this methodology and find new ways to invite more gratitude and positivity into your life.

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Experience Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a strength-based, creativity approach.
  • Learn foundational concepts and when to use AI vs. CPS.
  • Get started incorporating this methodology in your work and personal life.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Marie McKernan

Kim Marie McKernan

Owner, Inspired Outcomes
Kim is a trained Creative Problem Solving facilitator and uses it extensively in combination with Appreciative Inquiry as her business's foundation to help organizations, startups, and individuals bring their vision to life. From brainstorming new names and tag lines for startup businesses... Read More →


Tuesday June 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

"The Social Justice League" Explore your Super Powers within your Team
The Social Justice League is a creative session designed to help participants explore implicit bias and identify their own unique super powers (individual strengths) as change leaders to create inclusive team cultures among their organizations. Using figurative X-ray vision and other super power activities we will dive deep into diversity and implicit bias and more specifically how implicit bias can affect productivity and ingenuity among teams. 

Starting with posing key questions –  Do you feel that it is difficult for you to be your authentic self within your organization? Do you have great ideas, but are hesitant to share them with your team? –  then working towards solutions, the Social Justice League workshop helps participants to recognize diversity and harness their own strengths. 

Using cognitive tools and CPS strategies through simulated activities, this seminar empowers attendees to cultivate an inclusive and engaging environment within their organizations and foster their ability to be innovative change agents in our global society.     

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will take part in workshop activities where you will be able to obtain a working understanding of Implicit Bias and how it can affect productivity and ingenuity among teams.
  • You will identify your own unique cognitive strengths and how they can be incorporated as Social Justice tools within your organizations. 
  • You will acquire the creative tools necessary to cultivate an inclusive environment using Cognitive Diversity Appreciation simulated activities and strategies.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might feel more empowered to show your authentic self, show your personality, share ideas, and perspectives with those around you.
  • You might become more educated about the term implicit bias and how you can be a social change leader among your teams.
  • You might discover new ways to creatively engage individuals among your team by using inclusive language and activities.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might start to use the “Recognize” strategy designed for participants to identify their cognitive strengths,  leadership ability, and creativity as it relates to their organization’s mission or goals or academic discipline.
  • You might start to use the “Appreciate” strategy designed for participants to actively demonstrate a working knowledge of Cognitive Diversity Appreciation of diverse perspectives, ideas, and capabilities.
  • You might start to use the “Value” adding strategy which is designed to exercise positive reframing and using inclusive language with their team members.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ashley Goodwin

Dr. Ashley Goodwin

Chief Diversity Leadership and Innovation Consultant, The Maverick Agency
Ashley has had the pleasure to facilitate workshops and trainings both domestically and internationally: The Virgin Islands, Hyderabad India, New York, Atlanta, etc. Most of her facilitator experience includes teambuilding and creative problem solving within teams. Ashley has over... Read More →


Tuesday June 8, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Discovering Growth by Intertwining Poetry and Photography Pt 1
Join us for a growing experience in which the evocative nature of poetry is synergistically interconnected with the visual imagery of photography. (This is a double 90-minute session, at the beginning of and near the end of CPSI.)  

Poems throughout the ages have been filled with images of growth and change, from the growing of gardens to the growth and changes that occur in a lifetime. Photography gives a chance to play with the “mind’s eye.” Together, poetry and photography provide an opportunity to reflect, explore and imagine the idea of growth applied in various ways: personal growth, the growth of an idea, the growth of a relationship or the celebration or new or past growth. During two 90-minute sessions, over two different days, we will take a handful of poems and explore their meaning by creating photographic images that depict growth or change in some way.

In this first 90-minute session we will explore a handful of poems. We will describe them in various ways, including transforming what they mean into another poetic form. 

After this session, plan to take photos that represent the poetry and images of growth in some way with the intent of sharing 1 to 3 photos during our second 90-minute session. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will experience poetry that represents growth, inspire it, and use growth as a metaphor.
  • You will transform poetic images into photographic images, further growing and adding dimension and perspective to the metaphor.
  • You will experience the interconnectedness of poetic and photographic imagery. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might see synergies in different means of self-expression.
  • You might encourage the use of imagery and figurative language.
  • You might grow metaphors further by using different means of expression.
  • You might invite insight into how reflection on growth can be applied personally and/or professionally at this point in time.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might literally use the inspiration of a poem for taking photos.
  • You might use the combination of poetry and photography to explore other themes, like love, traveling, nature, etc.
  • You might use this approach as a school or family exercise to look at the world, a challenge, an idea or an opportunity in a different way.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ellyn Vicksta

Mary Ellyn Vicksta

Owner, Vicksta Innovative Practices, LLC
Mary Ellyn started a creativity practice within her corporation involving Creative Problem Solving and creativity tools. This included facilitation of idea sessions and training others in CPS and facilitation practices. After her first CPSI, Mary Ellyn went back to her corporate organization... Read More →
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Cheryl Nee Gieringer

Communications Strategist and Team Facilitator, Worksystems, Inc.
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 →


Tuesday June 8, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, June 9
 

9:00am EDT

Business and Education Design Thinking: From Insight to Innovation
It takes 4,000 ideas to generate one commercial success. That means while a company is hard at work attending to its core business, it has to have systems in place that continually generate fresh ideas. We call it “future-proofing.” Design Thinking is extremely useful in tackling problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways. 

This program is designed for business professionals and educators who want the skills and insights to become innovative leaders who solve problems by crafting integrated solutions, addressing the needs of the customer and the goals of the stakeholders. You will leave this session understanding the design thinking principles, seeing your issues in a new way and with an actionable framework to bring back to your organization.   

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn the basic arch of design thinking and how to use this process in business or teaching.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might leave with a new view of your problems with fresh solutions.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might be able to take this process in insight back to your organization or school to solve problems in a human-centered way. 

Speakers
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Katy Foucar-Szocki

Partner and Founder, Creative Dynamics
Katy Foucar-Szocki has passion for creativity, strategy and innovation. After her undergraduate at James Madison University, she moved to Richmond, Virginia, where she worked with startups in business development and management. After seven years doing sales and leadership for a startup... Read More →
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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 and... Read More →


Wednesday June 9, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Sticky Questions to Help You Get Unstuck
Ever feel stuck? Like you don't know where to go? You know you want to get out, but you just don't know how, where you'd go next or if it'd even be better than just staying in the muck in which you're already stuck. In this hour long coffee chat, Katie Garry will help you work through challenges and opportunities when you're faced with sticky unknowns. Together, the group will be exhilarated (and maybe a bit emotional) as they self-reflect and climb out toward their next success. The coffee chat will be perfect for anyone who is at a personal crossroads looking for direction. (So, like everyone.) Guests will be walked through a series of exercises centered on self-awareness and empathy to help them see their current situation from a new angle and be ready to get unstuck! 

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Identify challenges that you're facing in your life (can be personal, professional or otherwise). 
  • Face your challenges head-on by looking intrinsically. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself. 

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garry

Katie Garry

Creative Strategist and Brand Storyteller, kg creative, llc
Katie uses CPS daily in her personal life and in running her business. As a facilitator, CPS is one of the biggest tools in her toolbox. Stem starters are crucial in opening the doors of wonder, and Katie uses them with her clients and with members of her family alike. After working... Read More →


Wednesday June 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

WITHology Applied: Bringing Diversity & Inclusion Into the Design Space
The people who are most impacted by the design of products and services are all too often excluded from the design conversation, and left on the side lines. This is especially true of marginalized communities such as people who have a disability. Introducing WITHology: the art and science of inclusive consultation, collaboration, and co-creation. Using WITHology, People Minded Business (PMB) is revolutionizing who has a seat at the table.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will be introduced to WITHology and how it aligns with the Creative Problem Solving process.
  • You will learn how the PMB team applied WITHology to launch its first social enterprise, WITH Inspiration.
  • You will practice using inclusive co-design tools that you can apply in any sector    .

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might have a greater appreciation for the importance of including the people you are designing for throughout the process.
  • You might feel empowered to apply elements of WITHology in the future.
  • You might think differently about the power of diversity and inclusion.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might start your next project asking WHO has a stake in the challenge and inviting them to work WITH you.
  • You might approach ideation as an opportunity to co-design solutions that consider what matters most to the people who are impacted.
  • You might work to integrate inclusive consultation, collaboration, and co-creation into your ways of working.

Speakers
avatar for Janeen Halliwell

Janeen Halliwell

Founder and Principal Consultant, 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 →
avatar for Nicole Flynn

Nicole Flynn

Associate Consultant, People Minded Business
Nicole is a woman with a developmental disability who has experience as a public speaker and presenter at a wide-range of conferences, including one attended by Canada’s Prime Minister. She is an internationally medaled athlete, explorer, and a lifelong student. She is in her final... Read More →


Wednesday June 9, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Cultivate Your Curiosity
Many breakthrough discoveries and innovations in history, from the lightbulb to autonomous vehicles, have something in common: they are the outcome of curiosity. Before creativity comes curiosity. The impulse to seek out new information and experiences and explore novel possibilities is a basic human attribute. 

We know from neuroscience that when we are curious we anticipate an intrinsic cognitive reward and our brains light up (releasing dopamine). Curiosity stimulates the reward and pleasure center of our brain. Curiosity also enhances the connections between brain networks associated with learning, information seeking, and motivation. People who are curious are more inclusive team members and twice as likely to earn promotions than their non-curious peers. We all have the gift of curiosity, we just need to activate it. 

In this experiential workshop, you will be led on a guided visualisation, interact with others in break-out groups, and learn the science, strategies, and tools to make more intentional space in your day for a curious mindset.

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn why curiosity matters and how curiosity impacts our brains.
  • You will identify your curiosity mindset and personal barriers to cultivating curiosity.
  • You will learn how to be mindfully present and an active listener.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might be more open to more curiosity moments in your daily life.
  • You might make time for “Dadirri” (da did ee ) an inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness.
  • You might start your own curiosity files.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might use the curiosity mindset tool with others.
  • You might create curiosity rituals in your daily life.
  • You might collect curiosity artefacts to activate your curiosity mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Evette Cordy

Evette Cordy

Co-Founder, Agents of Spring
Evette works using the CPS in her day-to-day work everyday. She is on a constant quest for curiosity and is learning to play the Mandolin. At CPSI, Evette looks forward to reconnecting with her creative peeps.


Wednesday June 9, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, June 10
 

9:00am EDT

Powering Up Creativity with Metaphors
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.

Speakers
EM

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
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Wild In Sight
In this session, you will look at several photos that will be provided and Melissa will guide you with questions to help gain awareness of what you are seeing and how to look more deeply into the images to reveal what you are looking for. 

There will be a discussion about what we take pictures of and to discuss the elements of our favorite pictures and what that means for us. The session will end with discussing ways to enhance creative insights by looking at the world from different perspectives.  

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Learn how to find answers to your questions in the pictures you see.
  • Learn ways to be more creative when taking pictures.  
  • Feel inspired by this experience.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

Nursing Lab Coordinator, SUNY Genesee Community College
Creativity Coach & Creator of Wild In Sight; a creative and strategic look into photography and becoming aware of what we see and making the connection to our own Wild insight. My credentials include a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY Buffalo State College... Read More →


Thursday June 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

From Another World: What Being an “Alien” Can Teach You About Empathy
We feel empathy when we understand and feel what someone else is experiencing, especially when we can connect about similar situations. When “otherness” comes into play, empathy can be a challenge. With concrete tools to offer empathy, attendees will be empowered to choose empathy in their lives, even with the most difficult situations. 

Empathy and Creative Problem Solving go hand in hand since CPS is powered by understanding and connection with real people. As a master researcher and facilitator, Marta Villanueva has heard thousands of stories which have allowed her to find the human threads which empower connection or oneness and identify the variations in perceptions which can get in the way, and create “otherness.” 

This session will go beyond understanding empathy to empowering us to practice being empathic, especially when faced with “otherness.” Marta will give an extraordinary challenge to “otherness” by inviting attendees to understand her personal journey and her motivations to leave El Salvador, and cross 3 borders illegally. It’s easy to connect with others who share our world view. This session will empower attendees to act on empathy, because it is crucial not just for personal growth, but for humanity in general. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will understand the barriers to empathy (unpacking otherness and oneness).
  • You will connect with others who may have preconceived bias or misunderstanding, learning ways to overcome barriers to empathy. 
  • You will be empowered to act on your learning through practical exercises. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might understand empathy as a skill to be developed, making it accessible to anybody.
  • You might use tools to empower acting on empathy. 
  • You might practice connecting when “otherness” is present.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might gain awareness on how to tap into your story and apply empathy for cultural change.
  • You might learn practical exercises for applying empathy in your everyday lives, especially in the most challenging situations.
  • You might create awareness around how decisions made with empathy enable personal growth and change your world view.

Speakers
avatar for Marta Villanueva

Marta Villanueva

Chief Insights Officer, NuThinking, Inc.
#Hispanic research #qualitative research #insightsI am a Bilingual and bicultural expert with nearly 20 years’ experience in consumer insights for product and brand innovation. Creative thinker grounded in marketing with expertise in conducting research across categories and consumer... Read More →


Thursday June 10, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

Pairings and Preferences
Speakers

Thursday June 10, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, June 11
 

9:00am EDT

Co-facilitation in a Virtual World
Even as the world opens up again, virtual sessions are here to stay. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a built-in co-facilitator to help you plan and execute remote workshops and meetings? Learn the value and impact of co-facilitating and using collaboration tools for remote planning and facilitating. This workshop draws on David and Jonathan's real client experiences over the past year integrated with their collective decades of expertise in meeting and workshop facilitation.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn tools to effectively plan a workshop whilst working remotely (across multiple continents, seamlessly).
  • You will learn tools and techniques that you can apply to your next workshop or event .
  • You will learn how to dramatically increase the engagement and impact of your workshops by working as a paired team.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might decide to have a process buddy or partner for your next client engagement.
  • You might start utilizing cloud based tools for all of your planning and preparation.
  • You might fundamentally retool your business model by looking for a long-term partner.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might understand how to sell or pitch a paired team. 
  • You might come to appreciate how much more fun co-facilitation is.
  • You might find a tool that makes your life as a facilitator a whole lot easier.

Speakers
avatar for David Lunken

David Lunken

Principal, Cedarcroft Advisors
CPSI frequenter, Core Faculty, Talent Optimizer, Problem solver, Collaborator, Husband, father of 3 girls, triathlete, gardener, baker of sourdough before Covid
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Jonathan Bannister

Facilitator, Make Happy
Known on the CEF Core faculty as for his British accent and brilliant teaching, Jonathan enjoys long distance cycling in his free time. He looks forward to working with the “CPSI gang.”


Friday June 11, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Art of the Soul: Release, Reclaim, Renew
When was the last time you broke out crayons, colored paper and glue - not for a child, but for you? If you think you're not an artist, think again. Delve into what your soul wants to share with you (and perhaps some others, too.)

Spend your time in this highly experiential & experimental zone of music, movement, meditation, and manifesting. It will encompass everything from your mind to your breath, hands, and whole body. When you tap into your soul, you not only grow with yourself, you also grow those you interact with.

You will probably laugh, you may possibly cry, and most of all you will surprise yourself with what you uncover - and maybe what others uncover with you. Walk, dance, or ethereally float away with some beautiful and tangible reminders of what you did and what you discovered.

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Create pictures that speak louder and often deeper than words.
  • Participate in activities that are inexpensive and use easy to find materials.
  • Connect feelings and thoughts with words and actions.

Speakers
avatar for Nooshin Mahtashami

Nooshin Mahtashami

Entrepreneur, My Joy Community
Nooshin has led approximately two dozen sessions for Mindcamp and has received formal facilitator training. She likes saying "Yes!" and as a result, has many creative pursuits. Her favorite is an interactive art installation that uses technology and visual storytelling. She is looking... Read More →
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Renee Paser-Paull

President, Soaring Pathways
Renee is a professional facilitator, trainer and speaker, with a Master's Degree in Adult Learning. She has been attending CPSI continuously since 1999 and has been part of the YouthWise faculty since 2005 and has also led a number of general sessions. CPSI was instrumental in Renee’s... Read More →


Friday June 11, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Escape to Yourself
Have you heard of the new craze of virtual escape rooms? Come experience an escape room and learn how to build your own! You will gain practical knowledge of Google Drive and explore the creative uses of technology. Build a world that reflects your own self-expression.     

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will create an escape room using Google Slides and Google Forms.
  • You will feel comfortable using the tools and options on Google Slides and Forms.
  • You will have fun using the computer/internet.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might learn that not everything is what it seems.
  • You might put a pause on judging and be open to thinking about things in new ways.
  • You might learn to be comfortable in a world of creative chaos.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might take away the practical knowledge of Google Drive along with the creative application of technology that you can use in your own field.
  • You might learn the internet can help you in unexpected ways.
  • You might find self-expression through technology.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen

Kathleen "Kit" Jones

Last year at Virtual CPSI, Kathleen (call her "Kit")  was fortunate enough to work with the Youthwise program and offer a poetry workshop and also facilitated an adult Coffee Hour. She has attended CPSI several times and loves learning new ideas and challenging her own status quo... Read More →
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Lisa Cavallero

Teacher, Harrison School District
Lisa’s good friend and former co-worker shared her experience of facilitating a poetry workshop at CPSI and Lisa was very interested in joining this year. She was a technology liaison for her school/district and presented new technology initiatives to fellow teachers. She also teaches... Read More →


Friday June 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Saturday, June 12
 

9:00am EDT

What If?
“‘What’ and ‘If’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?” - Lise Friedman, Letters to Juliet

Come to this session with a big picture dream, goal or challenge in mind. Using Sid Parnes’ Visionizing process, we will explore your personal goal through a series of experiences that implore us to envision a new future. We will discover new perspectives through arts experiences and visualization to create new pathways to the future. Imagine… what if?

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will observe and employ art appreciation. 
  • You will explore ways in which others create vision for the future.
  • You will use visualization to understand self and goals.
  • You will value the points of view of others in the group.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might grow in self awareness.
  • You might develop new techniques for self growth.
  • You might experience new art forms.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might learn to apply this process in other experiences.
  • You might create a new action plan.
  • You might discover a new pathway to your ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Walt Stevenson

Walt Stevenson

Professor of Management and Communications, Golden Gate University
Walt has attended the annual CPSI since 1971. He has facilitated and been a director of the Basic Programs sequence, and is now proud to be a Distinguished Leader. He is a two-dimensional artist working in painting with silk and dyes. He loves working with people and being part of... Read More →
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Donna Milani Luther

Head of School, Inly School
Donna’s work with CPS has been lifelong, although, until she went to CPSI, she hadn't named it. She loves theatre and the performing arts and directs a Performing Arts camp for underserved high school students. Donna says that her work at CPSI has actually shaped her as a facilitator... Read More →


Saturday June 12, 2021 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Monday, June 14
 

9:00am EDT

Grow to Love Convergence: Simple and Complex Analytic Tools
Per the request of attendees at my last CPSI workshop, this session goes deeper into how tools behavior analysis can be used to strengthen the Creative Problem Solving process.  We will start with a very simple tool that takes only moments to set up and use, then slowly increase the complexity of the tool until it is a robust and exciting analysis beast that can tackle even the most intricate CPS opportunities!    

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will be exposed to and get to practice using 5 versions of a convergence tool.
  • You will practice the tool using a diverse set of CPS situations.
  • You will get a brief background on ABA, CPS, and convergence.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might find that convergence can be streamlined instead of dragging on and on.
  • You might find new love for data analysis.
  • You might decide to learn more about behavior analysis.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might take this back to your team and revolutionize how you engage in divergence.
  • You might customize this tool further to better fit your needs.
  • You might realize that this kind of analysis is a strength of yours and look into careers that include this skill set.

Speakers
avatar for Kellie Syfan

Kellie Syfan

Behavior Analyst and Mindset Coach, Behavioral Happiness, LLC, Farmer, Clove Hitch Farm
Kellie had a BLAST presenting at the last CPSI and uses Creative Problem Solving in her work as a behavior analyst. Her company tagline is "Deliberately Creative ABA" (ABA is applied behavior analysis). She loves using creativity in analysis and collection of data and yes, this is... Read More →


Monday June 14, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Virtual Engagement
We’ll explore different ways to engage participants during a virtual session. From the minute you open a virtual room to the moment you close it, you have the opportunity to grab your group’s attention, help them make connections, and keep them focused on the purpose of the session. Join us as we try out several different kinds of activities to see what might work for you and your groups.
 
In this coffee break you will:
  • Experience activities, energizers & icebreakers that you can replicate in your own virtual meetings
  • Find ways to engage participants in different parts of a session
  • Enjoy a fun and interactive coffee hour

Speakers
avatar for Katie Tagye

Katie Tagye

Director, Organizational Design and Development, Valencia College
I have worked at Valencia College in Orlando, FL for 19 years where my love of learning and development has grown working in Student Development, with Faculty Development, and as a Professor of Communication. Now, I work as a facilitator, trainer, and thought-partner in the areas... Read More →


Monday June 14, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

You’re Hired! Understanding Jobs Theory for More Successful Innovation
Theodore Levitt – considered the founding father of modern brand marketing – famously said, “People don’t want quarter-inch drills, they want quarter-inch holes.” This is a simple reminder to marketers and innovators that people – vs. consumers, customers or targets – just want to get things done. This insight is what Jobs Theory, or Outcome-Driven Innovation, is all about. Come to this session to learn from a leader who has spent nearly 30 years in the marketing, advertising and innovation field. (And who has proudly written presentations for clients like, “A Woman is More than an Armpit,” or “Teens Don’t Care about Raisin Bran.”)  

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will discover what is Jobs Theory?
  • You will learn the functional, emotional and social components of a “Job to Be Done.”
  • You will learn key methods and insights to generate jobs as a powerful and more human-centric way to innovate.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might re-frame how you think about innovating based on outcomes.
  • You might start using the Jobs to Be Done nomenclature in your work.
  • You might see your own needs differently in getting outcomes achieved.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might apply this to innovation development of product and services.
  • You might use Jobs Theory in how you think about what business you are really in based on customer outcomes.
  • You might realize customers don't care about your products/services...they want goals to be fulfilled.

Speakers
avatar for Cherri Prince

Cherri Prince

EVP, Head of Growth, Seed Strategy
Cherri has spent almost 30 years in advertising, marketing and innovation using Creative Problem Solving! She has been credited with something called "the Cherri Prince hard no" which is a foolproof way to firmly but politely establish clear boundaries. Using Creative Problem Solving... Read More →


Monday June 14, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

The M & M Peanut and Star Performer Connection
Based on results of research at Bell Labs, there came a startling discovery about what it took for people to be considered star performers. Even more striking was the role of manager perception, which may or may not be based on competency, impact, and productivity. In this session we’ll look at those 9 characteristics which differentiate “typical” performers from those considered “star” performers. If you ever wondered how some idiots get promoted, often passing up their talented co-workers, you’ll find the answer in this session. You’ll also have the opportunity to think about your own profile against the proven model.    

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn the 9 key differentiators between being seen as a “typical” employee or a “Star” performer.
  • You will learn the 3 differentiators that are most challenging to women and minorities, and what to do about it.
  • You will learn why some get promoted while other, more competent candidates, get passed up.    

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might understand better how to be seen as “promotable.”
  • You might understand what you may subconsciously be doing that's shaping others’ perceptions of your competency.
  • You might understand how managers’ perceptions might be altered by their experiences with people and how you can manage up.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might add or change behaviors that help you to achieve what you'd like at work.
  • You might learn how to “present” yourself without feeling like you're “promoting” yourself, and feel comfortable with that.
  • You might learn how to use Creative Problem Solving as a way to improve your abilities on some of these differentiators.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn DePasquale

Dawn DePasquale

Master Facilitator, 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 →


Monday June 14, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Tuesday, June 15
 

9:00am EDT

Eavesdropping: Grow Your Problem-Solving Toolkit with Body Wisdom
There is a voice at our fingertips we rarely invite “into the room.” That “voice” is the wisdom of our body. Deepak Chopra captures our mind/body relationship beautifully: “Every cell in your body is eavesdropping into your thoughts.” The complex system of our body is specially attuned to sense into the complex problems of today.

Social Presencing is a practice of “leaning into” your body and noticing the feeling in your body. The body is a large sensing organ interfacing ourselves with the physical world. It is not neutral; as the world informs our body, our body informs our world. Seeing our body – a complex system itself – as a holder of wisdom, insights or data, opens a whole new palette to explore solutions. This complex system of the body is uniquely and poetically positioned to give us insight into the complex problems of today. Social Presencing is used world-wide to gain quick insights into complex organizations and interacting systems. 

Come, dressed comfortably, and bring a personal or professional challenge (you will not have to share your challenge with anyone). 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will participate in a practice developed to support body awareness.
  • You will explore your own body wisdom in the context of a personal or professional challenge.
  • You will share observational insights and benefit from the observational insights of others. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might gain insights that are so unexpected that you are compelled to learn more.
  • You might see bodies in a whole new light – one of wonder, ideas and possibility.
  • You might find that your relationship with your own body changes – for the better!

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might want to build the practice into a daily or weekly routine.
  • You might want to bring this practice to a workplace addressing complex problems there.
  • You might want to apply this practice to your own seemingly intractable problems and soar into a future that, right now, you daren’t imagine.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay McDonald

Lindsay McDonald

Principal, 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 nonprofits... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Tending the Garden of Cross-Racial Friendships
In our unprecedented times, talking about race and building cross-racial relationships are critical to the future of our country. 
  • How do we venture into this without offending?
  • What questions can we ask? 
  • What do we do when we inevitably step in the fertilizer?

The presenters will discuss their cross-racial (Black and White) friendship, how it blossomed, and what surprised them about each other. They will guide participants through examining some of their relationship expectations and how to navigate those with people from different areas/backgrounds. Even if you live in a seemingly homogenous area, this session will support your ability to connect with people from different backgrounds.

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Understand your racial norms.
  • Get a sneak-peek into a lasting friendship.
  • Find increased comfort in cross-cultural interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Burr

Lindsay Burr

CEO, The Yarbrough Group
Lindsay has been facilitating since 2007 and she has been using CPS since attending CPSI in 2018. Lindsay is dynamic and ready to dive into specific examples. She creates fantastic travel plans that delight and inspire –  and then goes on the trips!    She loves connecting to... Read More →
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Erika Cospy

Director, Employer Solutions, Grads of Life
Though there is no direct connection with CPS, Erika has facilitated clients through solving challenging problems using high-impact strategies while leading a multi-million-dollar portfolio. Losing her mother at an early age taught Erika to become independent, accountable and to proactively... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Online Sketching Soundscape Scenarios
This session begins with a discussion about Soundscapes focusing on the relationship between places and their sounds and listening for sounds that have an aesthetic affect on people, either emotionally or through cognitive association. We will explain how to identify, categorize, listen to, and reproduce sounds.

Small teams in Zoom breakout rooms will each be assigned a photograph and work in a Miro workspace to take notes and develop sequences of their sound tags. They will be asked to  vocally sketch the sound producing objects and the emotive context of the scenario so that the other workshop participants can guess the scene when we reconvene. To do this, each team will identify the significant sounds and layers of sound tied to their place and the people in it. They will begin to  vocally reproduce them, in order to create a 30-second soundscape that captures the essence of that place and the activities going on within it, with the goal of conveying its overall psycho-acoustical aesthetic. 

Teams will return to Zoom and perform their soundtags for others to try to identify. In closing we will reflect on the value of prioritizing non-visual relationships with familiar and populated surroundings, especially in the wake of being exceptionally vision-centered and isolated in response to the COVID pandemic.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will appreciate the experiences of and vocally sketch the psycho-acoustical soundscapes of familiar everyday places.
  • You will become sensitive to the sounds in the environment, especially sounds that provide feedback or cues for and about interactions.
  • You will develop skills in identifying, categorizing, and understanding aesthetic qualities of sounds    ..

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might expand your multi-sensory aesthetic awareness.
  • You might become more sensitive to the layers and emotional properties of soundscapes  and how they are perceived to develop a focused understanding of the power of sounds in daily life.
  • You might translate familiar everyday experiences into a different multi-faceted sensory modality that is not often acknowledged, which provides opportunities for lateral approaches to problem solving.
  • You might have the opportunity to honor familiar experiences that may seem like they were in a remote past, and celebrate their value for a more sensorially-rich future.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might use complex multi-sensory layers of everyday experiences to develop a more nuanced approach to supporting creativity and to solving complex problems.
  • You might gain perspective on sensory engagement with your surroundings to help you connect to the world around you and encourage you to develop an awareness of the aesthetic experience of sound.
  • You will experience how creativity research is transformed into creativity training application.

Speakers
avatar for Lois Frankel

Lois Frankel

Professor, Carleton University
As an industrial Design Professor at Carleton University since 1994, Lois has been engaged in user-centred creative problem solving in the design of products and services for people’s everyday lives, ranging from wearable computing devices to dinner ware, and many items in between... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Harris

Eileen Harris

Carleton University
Eileen has loved CPSI since she first attended Springboard in 1991. Recently, Eileen has attended Exploration track sessions and finds CPSI to be like a holiday. She is very funny and enjoys organizing workshops on topics such as Your Brain on Yoga, or The Mindful Brain. She likes... Read More →
avatar for Dawson Clark

Dawson Clark

Student, Carleton University
As an attendee of last year’s virtual conference Dawson was inspired by the enthusiasm and openness of the participants during speaker and workshop sessions. As a young designer he is looking forward to building his experience when it comes to facilitation. Dawson is passionate... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay McCauley

Lindsay McCauley

Student, Carleton University
Lindsay has a Bachelor of Industrial Design and is currently a Master of Design candidate. Her experiences in academia have allowed Lindsay to take part in various design workshops and conferences. She especially loves facilitating co-design sessions and welcomes interdisciplinary... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 12:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

Yes, And Why Not?
Speakers
avatar for Jane Fischer

Jane Fischer

Creative Change Facilitator, Improv Connections
In addition to receiving a Graduate Certificate from SUNY Buffalo State's International Center for Studies in Creativity, Jane has been a session leader or co-presenter at CPSI since 2014. Most of her sessions have focused on an aspect of connecting applied improvisation tools and... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, June 16
 

9:00am EDT

Play Forward!
Life calls you to the stage, whatever that stage looks like. It's time to make something happen, take your mark in the bright light, and play forward! Small shifts in our mindset may help us navigate change and challenges with creative confidence, a spirit of playfulness and imagination, and with positive energy. Through insights learned through the art of improvisation, the process of creativity and creative thinking, the process of play, and the practice of positive psychology, we can explore collaboration, co-creation, imagination, and relationship-building. 

This workshop invites you to re-energize and support one another in a positive, playful environment. Your curtain call will be deliberate action toward positive connections, growth mindsets, and a spirit of “Yes! Brava!”    

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will experience a variety of tools, exercises, and activities rooted in improvisation, creativity, play, and positive psychology.
  • You will actively engage in activities that explore ways to reinvigorate, inspire, and reconnect individuals and teams.
  • You will learn how these activities encourage flexibility and collaboration, stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, and imagining new possibilities.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might discover ways to build “creative confidence” to face the unexpected and greet it with positivity and playfulness.
  • You might find increased self-awareness, positively impacting personal and professional wellbeing. 
  • You might understand the role and value of positive group dynamics within a culture that respects playfulness and improvisation.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might identify the conditions that enable greater creativity, motivation, and overall wellbeing in individuals and teams.
  • You might learn tools to access or increase positivity, support, and connection in individuals or teams.
  • You might infuse elements of play and positive mindsets through a lens of creative thinking and problem solving.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Fischer

Jane Fischer

Creative Change Facilitator, Improv Connections
In addition to receiving a Graduate Certificate from SUNY Buffalo State's International Center for Studies in Creativity, Jane has been a session leader or co-presenter at CPSI since 2014. Most of her sessions have focused on an aspect of connecting applied improvisation tools and... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Dung Beetles, Drums and Deserts: Lessons in Creativity from Africa
In this session, we will share our 4-step process for growing creativity. The process likens creativity development to the restoration of a buried, treasured oil lamp. The steps involve digging out, cleaning off, filling up and lighting. Each step will include practical activities for participants to do in the session as well as exercises or tools or inspiration for them to take away with them. We will illustrate the process and provide insight using anecdotes from a variety of African sources, ranging from bushveld creatures to South African townships to archaeological digs in Egypt. The session will be delivered using a digital mind map. Many of our participants have commented that they really enjoy learning via mind maps as they find the flow easy to follow and the key points easy to remember. We will include humour, participant input, intrigue and fun.

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Learn to identify what could be holding your creativity back.
  • Learn practical steps to take your creativity to the next level.
  • Be exposed to activities, resources and tools that you can begin using right away.

Speakers
avatar for Celia Falkenberg

Celia Falkenberg

Director, Creativity Wake-Up
Celia's background is as an architect, entrepreneur and fine artist. Celia co-founded Creativity Wake-Up two years ago. She has facilitated CPS with a few of their clients and has facilitated many learning sessions with corporate clients, NGO groups and public sessions both in person... Read More →
avatar for Nina Pearse

Nina Pearse

Director, Creativity Wake-Up
Nina has been working in people development roles for nearly twenty years, with a focus in the last decade on leadership and management. She is an experienced facilitator and has delivered training on 5 continents over the past two decades. Two years ago, she founded Creativity Wake-Up... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Virtual Story Techniques for Creative Collaboration Pt 1
As Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Stories are an easy way to tap into the imagination to develop a vision. Story-based techniques also help leaders convey a vision and bring their teams along.  During clarification, stories build empathy for users and make sense of data. Facts answer the “what.” But stories illuminate the “so what.” This session explores story-based techniques for crafting a vision and clarifying the problem through interactive, virtual exercises.

You will experience a variety of facilitation techniques and tools to incorporate stories into innovation and creative problem solving. Join us to share stories while you learn techniques like:
  • Guided Imagery (+ Story Writing) 
  • Snowball Pair and Share 
  • Story Boarding
  • Consumer Narrative Continuum
  • Story Listening 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will use story-based activities to help a team develop a shared vision.
  • You will deepen insights and build empathy.
  • You will enhance creative collaboration.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might amplify your impact by weaving story-based activities into creative problem-solving processes.
  • You might engage teams through the use of stories during innovation sessions.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might learn storytelling skills.
  • You might use story based tools and techniques.
  • You might experiment with new twists on the CPS process.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Storlie

Jean Storlie

President/Owner, Storlietelling LLC
Jean designs and facilitates processes to help teams solve business problems, using Creative Problem Solving, Design Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, and storytelling. She has been working as a facilitator since 2012, but worked with CPS techniques for many years before that through... Read More →
avatar for Mimi Sherlock

Mimi Sherlock

Global Director of Strategic Insights, IFF
Mimi has used Creative Problem Solving as the basis for her work for the past 30 years. She has applied it and used it as the foundation of her approach in every role she has had in a very eclectic career. Mimi has been lucky enough to facilitate small and large teams using CPS across... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Virtual Story Techniques for Creative Collaboration Pt 2
As Helen Keller said, “The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination.” This session will continue the exploration of how story techniques apply to Creative Problem Solving. Stories spark the imagination and get creative juices flowing. Story-based techniques during ideation help to generate ideas that have more emotional context and empathy. They also put people into a playful mood to enhance creative thinking and imagination. 

Stories can also keep the spirit of the original idea alive when guiding teams through development, prototyping, and testing. Storytelling can help teams stay inspired and keep stakeholders on board. This session will explore story-based techniques for ideation, development, and managing stakeholders through interactive, virtual exercises.

You will experience a variety of facilitation techniques and tools to incorporate stories into innovation and creative problem solving. Join us to share stories while you learn techniques like:
  • Empathy Story Stimulus (Target in a Tornado)
  • Campfire story circles (Best Customer Service) 
  • Storybox Ideation (new customer service example)
  • Six Word Stories (whiteboard: best customer service) 
  • Pitching with a Story

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will apply story-based activities to spark the flow of ideas during ideation.
  • You will develop, test, and prototype. 
  • You will use stories to pitch ideas.


How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might amplify your impact by weaving story-based activities into creative problem-solving processes.
  • You might engage teams through the use of stories during innovation sessions.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might learn storytelling skills.
  • You might use story based tools and techniques.
  • You might experiment with new twists on the CPS process.


Speakers
avatar for Jean Storlie

Jean Storlie

President/Owner, Storlietelling LLC
Jean designs and facilitates processes to help teams solve business problems, using Creative Problem Solving, Design Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, and storytelling. She has been working as a facilitator since 2012, but worked with CPS techniques for many years before that through... Read More →
avatar for Mimi Sherlock

Mimi Sherlock

Global Director of Strategic Insights, IFF
Mimi has used Creative Problem Solving as the basis for her work for the past 30 years. She has applied it and used it as the foundation of her approach in every role she has had in a very eclectic career. Mimi has been lucky enough to facilitate small and large teams using CPS across... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, June 17
 

9:00am EDT

Facilitating Problem Definition Virtually Using Challenge Mapping
Experience how to virtually facilitate challenge mapping, an innovative conceptual thinking method that integrates analytical and imaginative thinking to create better, more robust strategies applicable to any complex problem like “increasing sales” or “creating a better education system.” In this highly interactive session, learn tangible tools and techniques you can use day-to-day to:


  • Uncover real root causes and discover new aspirational 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 logical map connecting actionable tactics to strategic pillars and broad strategic vision as a better way to articulate robust strategies with ownership.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will experience how you can engage people using an application specifically tailored for virtually engaging people in creating challenge maps.
  • You will learn how to discover innovative problem definitions that provide maximum leverage on important issues.
  • You will experience the power of “How Might We” and the “Why-What's Stopping” Analysis.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You will discover how easily and efficiently in-depth problem definition and re-framing can be conducted in virtual environments.
  • You might begin using challenge mapping to develop “big picture” understanding of problem situations.
  • You might see the value in extending problem definition and re-framing before shifting into problem solving activities.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might use a structured thinking process to tap into hidden insights and knowledge.
  • You might integrate challenge mapping into your virtual practice.
  • You might further develop strategic planning capability using challenge mapping.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Basadur

Tim Basadur

Vice President Simplexity System, Basadur Applied Innovation
Tim has been a CPS-based facilitator and trainer for 30 years and is a volunteer business consultant for the Arts & Business Council in Chicago. His academic research focuses on motivation and problem definition. Tim can’t wait to share what he has learned about CPS and looks forward... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Enhancing the Creative Process Through Understanding Work Styles
A key aspect of living, working and creating with others is identifying the most effective way to connect and communicate. Leaders are often presented with different styles of working and communicating. Accurately assessing and responding to verbal and non-verbal cues can result in better collaboration and more creative outcomes.  

Do you know your work style? Can you identify the styles of others? How would knowing colleagues’ work styles help you better utilize each individual’s strengths as well as your own?

This interactive session integrates the foundations of the DISC assessment, presented in a fun and memorable way, with the stages and roles in the Creative Problem Solving process. The information prepares attendees to be more effective leaders and team members. The workshop is designed for people who have previously done a personal DISC assessment, as well as those who have not.

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Gain insights into the DISC assessment system and the implications for work and communication styles.
  • Learn easy-to-understand ways to assess the style of others, and how this can be integrated into the CPS process.
  • Explore strategies to optimize collaboration with all styles, and how to address possible style conflicts.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Kann

Chris Kann

Principal, Chris Kann Coaching
Chris attended the 2020 CPSI Conference as well as the Fall 2020 Foundations of Creative Problem Solving (Levels I and II) Classes, achieving her CPS Credential. She has over 23 years as a professional facilitator, through her work as a market research moderator and consultant, workshop... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Journey to the World of Possibility Through the Beginner's Mindset
The Beginner's Mindset is an essential mindset to have in innovation, but it can be difficult to put into practice and is often overlooked. In this session, participants will experience the transforming power of the beginner’s mindset through experiential learning and reflection. Participants will be equipped with tools and techniques to cultivate a beginner's mindset in their lives.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn to recognize your own cognitive biases.
  • You will foster awareness of your expert mind vs the beginner's mind.
  • You will experience the transforming power of the beginner's mindset through experiential learning and reflection.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might learn the importance of taking on the posture of a beginner in personal and work situations.
  • You might become aware of bias and embrace the value of the beginner.
  • You might gain more opportunities to open the world of possibility through the beginner's mindset.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might apply beginner's mindset techniques to approach problems from a new perspective.
  • You might learn to develop a beginner's mindset in daily life and work through practical tips.
  • You might takeaway exercises to help develop a beginner's mindset with others.

Speakers
avatar for Autumn Norris

Autumn Norris

Lead Researcher and Innovation Coach, Chick-Fil-A, Inc.
As a consumer researcher and strategist, Autumn has spent her career helping teams throughout the Creative Problem Solving process by better defining their problem, understanding their audience, and ideating alongside. She became an Innovation Coach at Chick-fil-A two years ago and... Read More →
avatar for Leo Chan

Leo Chan

Founder + Chief Innovation & Creativity Officer, Abound Innovation
Leo has been a Design Thinking practitioner in corporate environments (State Farm & Chick-fil-A) for the past 7 years. He has facilitated dozens and dozens of Design Thinking sessions for numerous teams, project leaders and departments at Chick-fil-A to move them through the journey... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

Dance, Dance, Dance with DJ Debby Dub-Ya and Mikey Mike
Speakers
avatar for Deb Williams

Deb Williams

Organizational Development Consultant, Collective Energy Consulting, LLC
Facilitator of new thinking! I design and deliver programs that spark creativity and jolt people out of the same-old, same-old. When I am not with business clients, I run theater education workshops with students who are tired of completing worksheets, sitting still and walking in... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, June 18
 

9:00am EDT

The University of You
This workshop focuses on learning how to grow in our relationships, our relationship with self first and others second. Using the four branches of Social + Emotional Intelligence, we will explore each area through a series of art activities to better understand ourselves and how we can use this information to improve our personal and professional lives. Attendees will just need pen, paper and an open mind (coloring utensils are optional.)    

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn the role of relationships in building resilience.
  • You will learn how to discover or rediscover your authentic self through visual art exercises.
  • You will learn the role of Emotional Intelligence as it relates to relationships with self and others. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might learn something new about yourself. 
  • You might find a new way to build personal resilience through creative activities.
  • You might walk away feeling empowered.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might use art as a way to manage emotional triggers.
  • You might experience an increased sense of mindfulness.
  • You might learn how to develop healthy boundaries in your relationships.

Speakers
avatar for Jalen Law

Jalen Law

Artist and Emotional Intelligence Coach, The Jalen Law Collection, LLC
Born in Buffalo, NY, Jalen A. Law’s first sketches were circles at the age of two. By the age of five, he was creating his own comic books and children stories, selling them to kids in elementary school for Lunchables and extra computer time. He is a graduate from the University... Read More →
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Ashley Watson

Educator and Family Therapist
Ashley is an educator and family therapist.  She also partners with Jalen Law in a Social Emotional Learning program they developed called A.S.E.D. (Art of Social Emotional Development). She is an advocate for children and a proponent of development of self. Ashley is looking forward... Read More →


Friday June 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

The Breath of Flowers is Sweeter in the Air
During our time together we'll reflect on the impact this first year of Covid-time has has had on the way we've lived the lives we have as opposed to the one we hoped would be. That's the end of Sir Francis Bacon's quote: “The breath of flowers is sweeter in the air than in the hand.”

You'll talk to each other about practices that helped you make it through a year when everything was turned upside down, and nothing was the way you expected it to be. We'll look at labyrinth walking as a resource that allows our intuitive and creative selves to find their ground so we can smell a flower's sweet breath. We'll practice a form of labyrinth walking during the session and reflect on our experience.    

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Spend time reflecting. 
  • Talk about practices that helped us remember to smell the flowers. 
  • Consider solutions to the challenges that occur when we find ourselves thinking about what we're missing instead of being present to what we have.
  • Look at labyrinth walking as a resource that allows our intuitive and creative selves to remember what's important. 
  • Spend time "walking" a labyrinth (finger or otherwise).

Speakers
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Andy Parker

Learning and Innovation Professional, Self
Andy is a learning and innovation professional who meets people where they are, listens to and honors their experience, and builds partnerships and cultures where people work together to break down barriers and demonstrate a willingness to experiment in order to break open new and... Read More →


Friday June 18, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Session Replay - Session TBA
Friday June 18, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Saturday, June 19
 

9:00am EDT

Unpack Your Inheritance: Inclusive Leadership in Uncertain Times
Inheritance (n): ancestry, culture, beliefs, values, social conditions, stories, traits and perspectives received from past generations.

Your unique inheritance influences the way you see the world, the way you communicate and interact with others, and the way you create, envision, ideate, develop and implement your ideas.

Using the Inheritance Project's distinct methodology, which combines self-reflection, storytelling, dialogue and somatic exercises, you will uncover how your inheritance influences your creativity and leadership style. 

You will take home practical tools to recognize and transform inherited beliefs and stories that limit your capacity to be creative, lead confidently and connect with others from all walks of life. Leave feeling prepared to navigate uncomfortable conversations with greater ease and create genuine cultures of belonging wherever you go.

Expect to move, be moved and gain a deeper understanding of what makes you...you?    

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will gain greater understanding of your unique inheritance and how it influences the way you approach creativity and leadership.
  • You will learn an embodied methodology to identify and transform inherited beliefs that limit your creativity and capacity to lead.
  • You will practice inclusive leadership skills and receive practical tools for creating genuine cultures of belonging.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might become more aware of your unique inheritance and feel empowered to tell your story.
  • You might become more effective, inclusive and expansive in the ways you engage with others at work and in your personal life.
  • You might realize how to liberate yourself from inherited limiting beliefs, stories and behavior in all areas of your life.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might integrate the practical tools and exercises into your meetings and interactions at work to become a more effective, inclusive leader.
  • You might apply this methodology to transform inherited beliefs, stories and behaviors in other areas of your life.
  • You might use the Inheritance Project methodology to help your team and co-workers to transform their inherited beliefs, stories and behaviors and therefore the culture of your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Mallory Combemale

Mallory Combemale

Co-Founder, Inheritance Project
Mallory has 10+ years facilitation experience, including training in the Sustained Dialogue methodology for conflict resolution and community problem solving. For 5 years she worked as a professional facilitator at the Deloitte Greenhouse, where Mallory used CPS as a core aspect of... Read More →


Saturday June 19, 2021 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Monday, June 21
 

9:00am EDT

What Gets in the Way?
We face change on a daily basis, but it is our response to change that matters most.  Learn about the 4 Characters of Change that represent typical reactions in an atypical way.  This memorable model will enable you to recognize your response as it is happening, and avoid giving in to the freeze, fight, or flight instinct.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will identify where you “stand” in the face of change
  • You will learn the needs that underlie your reaction
  • You will apply it to your own situation  

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might remember this simple model when you face your next change.
  • You might be able to anticipate your needs and proactively manage change.
  • You might move more calmly through the emotional roller coaster that accompanies change.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might apply this model to any change situation – personal or professional.
  • You might become more sensitive to the needs of those around you when they struggle with change.
  • You might then navigate through turbulence with a greater sense of ease and grow your reputation as a change champion.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Williams

Deb Williams

Organizational Development Consultant, Collective Energy Consulting, LLC
Facilitator of new thinking! I design and deliver programs that spark creativity and jolt people out of the same-old, same-old. When I am not with business clients, I run theater education workshops with students who are tired of completing worksheets, sitting still and walking in... Read More →


Monday June 21, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Laugh, Listen, Learn: Using Humor For Creative Engagement
Having fun, laughing and using humor may not always be expected when attending a workshop, reading a book or learning a new skill, but when you enjoy what you are experiencing you are more likely to remember and apply the knowledge. This workshop will be focused on ways to use humor to engage others in learning, communication and even problem-solving! Come to laugh, learn and listen to ways humor helps.    

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Learn the benefits of humor for body/brain.
  • Experience ways humor can be used as an engagement tool. 
  • Learn about strategies to use humor with purpose to improve your group communication and problem solving.

Speakers
avatar for Mallori DeSalle

Mallori DeSalle

Motivational Interviewing Trainer/SBIRT Program Manager, Prevention Insights at Indiana University-Bloomington
2020 was Mallori’s first CPSI and she led a session on listening. She found it extremely fulfilling to support the event and she enjoyed working with Beth and Missy! She loves to laugh and finds that doing so helps her build community. One of Mallori’s dreams is to add a touch... Read More →


Monday June 21, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Seeing with New Eyes
"Creative people are expert noticers," observed science professor Guy Claxton. They have highly developed abilities in visual foraging—spotting, gathering, and utilizing things that most others overlook. Having an active rather than idle curiosity about the world around you reveals ideas. Be nosy, and be "eyesy."  It is said that “We only see what we are trained to see.”  This workshop will tutor you to look at the world around you with a more active curiosity and imagination.      


What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You  will understand why seeing with new eyes is important.
  • You will look at the world around you with a more active curiosity and imagination.
  • You will look at unexceptional incidents from an inquisitive stance.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might have a better understanding of what kind of things you should look for. 
  • You might be challenged to look for specific things in your environment.
  • You might question why it is important to look for specific things.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might see the world more deeply than before.
  • You might know how to educate yourself on what to look for that is of value to you.
  • You might understand the value of when to look and when not to look.

Speakers
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Paul Skaggs

Professor, Brigham Young University
Paul Skaggs joined academia after 22 years in new product design and development – including 14 years in which he operated his own full-service consulting firm. Clients included Kodak, Fisher-Price, UPS, Motorola, AT&T, Xerox, Olivetti and Hewlett-Packard, among others. For the... Read More →


Monday June 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Create to Educate - How Might Student Book Writing Reimagine Learning
Bullet journal, meet the classroom. It's high time for an education reboot.

Envision this: students process and become highly accountable (hello engagement) for their learning while they each write their own books. What, concurrent, individualized, creative and engaged remote learning? YES! Technology and good old fashioned drawing, writing, and book- making bring creativity to life in a blended online and individualized classroom experience that embraces the challenges of engaging kids during Covid-19. 

Combine creative thinking skills with school subjects to record, design and write a book all at once. Activate new creative heights for students as they each write a storybook to capture content areas all while individuals apply their own imagination for their story.  Learn how creative book writing can work for you. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will bring arts into the classroom. 
  • You will develop an individualized experience for students.
  • You will discover how to develop high accountability and engagement among students.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might appreciate stacking processes for a deeper return.
  • You might get your drawing on and appreciate less is more.
  • You might appreciate a new way to combine traditional learning in a digitalized world.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might discover a new way of teaching.
  • You might help students become more connected to their learning.
  • You might develop a deeper connection to the joy of teaching and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Knudsen

Tanya Knudsen

Educator, French American School of Puget Sound
Tanya is currently in the capstone project for her MS in Creativity, and is a Creative Problem Solving facilitator within Mural. She speaks from the heart and is also currently designing an urban treehouse. She is looking forward to connecting into the professional network of the... Read More →


Monday June 21, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Tuesday, June 22
 

9:00am EDT

Cartoon Thinking: Humor and Problem Solving Connected Visually
Cartoons are solutions to problems and challenges made visual with a single picture. A cartoon captures the essence of a problem or challenge in an unexpected and original way that people can relate with. Its meaning is expressed  both visually as well as verbally. 

Since a cartoon is all about how to approach or look at a problem or challenge, creating a cartoon follows the same steps as any problem solving or design thinking process. Moreover, it uses humor and emotion as basic ingredients to connect and engage with its audience.
This session is intended to awaken the cartoonist in ourselves and explore our own ability to view and capture the world in a simple cartoon. 

We will use problem solving and design techniques and practice drawing skills to create our own cartoon. No worries if you think you cannot draw; everyone can participate in this fun and visual roadtrip!    

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will increase your drawing skills in a fun and practical way.
  • You will learn to look at the world from a cartoonist perspective: original, intelligent and using humor as a means to connect.
  • You will expand your skillset to express and communicate problems and challenges. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might increase your awareness of the power of visual communication and how you can apply this in your own way of working.
  • You might increase your understanding of the secrets of humor and how you can find and use humor to express and communicate your view on the world.
  • You might discover your ability to draw and experience fun and feel confident while doing it!

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might look at and use cartoons with greater awareness and appreciation of their origin, impact and meaning.
  • You might create your own cartoons to express and communicate what is (really) going on in projects, collaborations, processes, etc. in an impactful, humorous and insightful way.
  • You might use the cartoonist inside yourself to find new solutions and perspectives to the challenges you (personally) face in work and life.

Speakers
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Jacobien Vermande

Visual Facilitator, Bienerbij
Since 2018 Jacobien has used drawing as a means to help professionals to stimulate their creative thinking and doing and to broaden their communication skills. She designs and provides in-company trainings such as business sketch and cartoon thinking. She also works as a graphic recorder... Read More →


Tuesday June 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Mindful Agility - Finding Balance
Two recent themes in professional development are agility and mindfulness. One is about understanding the dynamic nature of client service in turbulent times. The other speaks to our individual well-being and proactive approach to dealing with change. This interactive workshop explores the complementary relationship between agility and mindfulness that move teams from collaboration to co-creation.

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Learn about the role of complexity in knowledge work.
  • Discover how the Creative Problem Solving process facilitates both agility and mindfulness.
  • Identify where your ways of working enhance or impede agility.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ackerbauer

Michael Ackerbauer

Whole Team Intrapreneur / Change Agent, IBM
Michael teaches Scrum, Agile ways of working, and Creative Problem Solving for IBM and its clients. He likes to make complex concepts easy to understand and simple to apply. Michael loves to balance rocks and recently published his first book. He is looking forward to the virtual... Read More →


Tuesday June 22, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Growing Your Confidence and Humility
In this session, we will explore the relationship between knowing our strengths and projecting them with confidence. We will also affirm how being learners and accepting others not only increases competence but also are the necessary counterbalances for sharing expertise confidently. We will ground this exploration in the reality of navigating biases and bringing about change that we as professionals know is possible.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • The dynamic tension: Confidence AND Humility.
  • The internal energy that comes from this tension and how to use it productively.
  • Putting the tension in context (socially and relationally) in order to build an authentic action plan.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might discover your own relationship to confidence and humility.
  • You might plan for your approach to honor the gifts of each and minimize the impact of the downside.
  • You might shift how you see the potential in others’ ability to navigate and grow with this tension.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might decide how you want to navigate it to have greater outcomes in your life.
  • You might affirm when context matters and how to remain yourself while shifting your approach.
  • You might apply this learning to personal and professional contexts for yourself and others with whom you work.

Speakers
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Lindsay Burr

CEO, The Yarbrough Group
Lindsay has been facilitating since 2007 and she has been using CPS since attending CPSI in 2018. Lindsay is dynamic and ready to dive into specific examples. She creates fantastic travel plans that delight and inspire –  and then goes on the trips!    She loves connecting to... Read More →
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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 →


Tuesday June 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

If You Build It, Then You Have Built It
Speakers
avatar for Allison James

Allison James

Program Manager, Chicago Student Invention Convention
Ally has been lucky enough to teach everything from composition to first-year students at the University of Illinois at Chicago to GED and writing courses to adults in an alternative high school. Her current role connects her to Kindergarten-8th grade classrooms throughout Chicago... Read More →


Tuesday June 22, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, June 23
 

9:00am EDT

Session Replay - Session TBA
Wednesday June 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Engaging Virtual Brainstorm Activities
Now that in-person interactions are less frequent, conducting successful ideation sessions remotely is more important than ever. Finding new ways to facilitate innovation is something we’re passionate about and during this session we will be sharing techniques, tips and watch-outs for designing virtual ideation sessions.

There are dozens of ways to inspire creative ideas and it is important for facilitators to use more than one technique in a single brainstorming session to keep the creative juices flowing while supporting different styles of thought and expression.

But how do you do that online? Using a Mural canvas, this session will highlight a number of different brainstorm techniques that have been translated from in-person activities to virtual tools for online collaboration.

In this Coffee Break you will:
  •  Experience virtual brainstorm activities for different thinking styles using asynchronous and synchronous techniques and specifically designed for different types of interactions such as round-robins, role-storming, storyboarding, and trigger-storming.
  • Discuss tips and watch-outs for using Mural’s Collaborative Canvas.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Strick

Lisa Strick

Chief Idea Officer & FunVentor, The Idea Bungalow
Hello! I’m Lisa Strick, the Chief Idea Officer of The Idea Bungalow - a boutique insights, innovation and marketing consultancy. I’m passionate and curious, continually looking for revolutionary ways to solve challenges and disrupt categories for clients in a broad range of industries... Read More →


Wednesday June 23, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Session Replay - Session TBA
Wednesday June 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, June 24
 

9:00am EDT

Scaffolding to Breakthrough Thinking
Scaffolding is a well researched method to accelerate learning that has great potential application in creativity and innovation processes. Including scaffolding techniques in Creative Problem Solving (or Design Thinking/Agile/Lean) improves creative thinking, reveals unique combinations, and leads to more truly new and different ideas. Great educators have always scaffolded their students; it's time for innovators to do the same. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn what Scaffolding is, the background, the concept, the need.
  • You will learn why many creative processes fail, and how Scaffolding can make a difference in creative effectiveness and process efficiency.
  • You'll learn specific scaffolding techniques and tools to use in your sessions.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might redesign how you conduct creative session flow, include more scaffolding, leading to more effective sessions.
  • You might learn to leverage more visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, and fun/emotional elements in your sessions (or, in your own personal creative thinking and projects).
  • You might discover ways to inject more of your personal creativity into “strictly business” sessions and projects.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might rethink how you've been using and/or facilitating CPS.
  • You might discover ways to take your facilitation results to the next level.
  • You might discover a tool/method that boosts your own ability to learn anything.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley

Founder & CEO, Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi)
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. KILN... Read More →


Thursday June 24, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Take Some CPSI Magic Home!
You have just experienced several transformational sessions, met some unforgettable presenters and new friends, have lots of notes and a head full of "Now Whats?" The next step is to slow it all down and allow this session to guide you to take the best of your experience home and then use some new skills in your world. We will lean into leveraging all 5 of your senses to help bring feelings up from your unconscious for a whole new set of data from your time at CPSI. Using the Creative Problem Solving process you will then sketch out some actions to bring some CPSI magic home and use.    

In this Coffee Break you will:
  • Become more aware of your senses.
  • Use 1-2 takeaways from CPSI in your life. 
  • Feel the flow of the CPSI process.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Billoni

Anthony Billoni

Chief Catalyst, AB Creativity
Anthony (“Tony”) has been part of CPSI leadership for 20+ years and regularly facilitates CPS with clients. He is proud that CPS and Brainstorming were invented in Buffalo, NY – his hometown. Writing fiction is one of Tony’s creative pursuits and he loves that most every attendee... Read More →


Thursday June 24, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

CPSI Closing and Keynote
Find meaning and connection with all that you've learned during CPSI and hear the closing keynote presentation. 

Thursday June 24, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom