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Using Environment to Enhance Meeting Productivity

By |2018-04-26T16:57:37-05:00March 2nd, 2010|Categories: Creativity, Meetings|Tags: , , |

Why do people say that they need a change of environment or some fresh air when they feel that they’re getting caught in a rut, a routine, stuck on a problem that they can’t seem to be able to solve?  Because a new environment has the potential to take the mind to a wondrous place filled [...]

Shoulder Toss Energizer

By |2018-04-26T16:57:37-05:00February 26th, 2010|Categories: Creativity, Meetings|Tags: |

Here’s a quick energizer game that you can play at your next day-long meeting that helps get the blood flowing again. It’s especially good mid-afternoon, when the after-lunch drowsiness is setting in. The whole point of energizers is to get people moving and laughing, clear the brain a bit. There’s no need to tie it into [...]

Play: Electric Slide

By |2018-04-26T16:57:37-05:00February 24th, 2010|Categories: Creative Spaces, Creativity|Tags: , |

A group of Columbia University students have a good time reinventing the playground as a place to harness all that youthful energy. By: Marc Kristal Illustrated by: Mike Perry, Jim Stoten Location: New York, New York Published in: Dec/Jan 10 Dwell Magazine For something that’s meant to celebrate the pleasures of childhood, the playground sure has [...]

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Gain a New Identity and Break the Ice at Your Next Meeting

By |2018-04-26T16:57:37-05:00February 17th, 2010|Categories: Creativity, Meetings|Tags: , |

Sometimes the best ideas can be found in children’s books. For example, you can find a great icebreaker by reading “Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants,” by Dave Pilkey. One part of the story pertains to the evil Professor who forces everyone to assume new names. Now, who couldn’t use a new identity some [...]

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Interview with Pamela Meyer, author of "From Workplace to Playspace"

By |2018-04-26T16:57:37-05:00February 15th, 2010|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , |

Name: Pamela Meyer Title of Book: From Workplace to Playspace: Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement What are some of the main themes of your book? The main theme of the book is reflected in its title; From Workplace to Playspace is about a shift in mindset. The book focuses on the everyday space we [...]

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Stop Playing with Legos and Put them to Work in the Kitchen

By |2018-04-26T16:57:38-05:00February 12th, 2010|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creativity|Tags: , , |

Stop Playing with Legos and Put them to Work in the Kitchen The next time you run out of ideas of what to build with your Legos and have a few extra hours to kill, why don’t you just turn them into a kitchen island and be the envy of all your friends and neighbors? Not [...]

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Interview With Lisa Canning – Entrepreneur the Arts

By |2018-04-26T16:57:38-05:00February 10th, 2010|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Entrepreneurs, Interviews|Tags: , , |

Our friend Lisa Canning of Entrepreneur the Arts was interviewed recently in Crain’s Enterprise City Blog. Lisa has taken a different perspective on applied creativity by starting the Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship. The “starving artist” stereotype thrives even during economic boom times, so it makes sense that the recession would make times even tougher on artists. [...]

Interview with Rick Gurolnick, Inventor

By |2018-04-26T16:58:14-05:00February 5th, 2010|Categories: Creativity, Innovation, Interviews|Tags: , , |

Name: Rick Gurolnick Company: Neotoy Area of Expertise: Design, Invention, New Product Concepts and Markets, Kid Marketing What sparks your creativity? Seeing a great example of Art or Design. For example, look at this great photography of an off road race in South America, incredible photos: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/01/dakar_rally_2010.html Thinking of a lightly trod niche of new opportunity [...]

Visual Manipulation

By |2018-04-26T16:58:14-05:00February 3rd, 2010|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creativity|Tags: |

Gabriel Orozco, one of Mexico’s most famous contemporary artists, is a man after my own heart. He brings recycling to a new level of artistry, taking mundane objects and playing with how you now see them. Might be a good trick to apply to your daily tasks. Maybe do things in a different order or combination. [...]

River Northern Exposure

By |2018-04-26T16:58:15-05:00January 29th, 2010|Categories: Catalyst Ranch|

If you’re looking for inspiration this weekend (or any weekend for that matter) and feel too intimated to walk into a gallery all on your lonesome, here’s a great opportunity to feel like an insider. The Chicago Art Dealers’ Association (http://chicagoartdealers.org) has a great weekend program of Saturday guided tours that has been running successfully for [...]

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