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Meeting Tip of the Day for 8/8/16

By |2018-04-26T16:54:27-05:00August 9th, 2016|Categories: Create, Creativity, Meeting Tip, Teambuilding, Tip, Tip of the Day|Tags: , , , , , |

If you are looking to take your meeting to the next level, one of the best ways is to mix in a teambuilding exercise. Whether you are combining groups, shaking up your corporate structure, or just trying to get your co-workers to gel better, an activity that revolves around doing something together can do wonders.  Actively engaging [...]

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Meet Artist MJ Ernst. She Illustrated our 2016 Coloring Book Calendar!

By |2018-04-26T16:54:29-05:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create|Tags: , , , , |

We are so pleased to introduce this month’s guest blogger and good friend to the Ranch, MJ Ernst. MJ is the owner, designer and artist of MJ Ernst Couture and Mysterious Mannequin. MJ is also the illustrator of our brand new 2016 Adult Coloring Book Calendar. Here is her story:   I have been sewing and [...]

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I’m an adult, I have my own coloring book and I’m part of a growing club

By |2018-04-26T16:54:29-05:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create|Tags: , , |

Several of the staff here at Catalyst Ranch have become enamored of coloring books in the past few months. They happily spend a few hours a week coloring in intricate illustrations. It helps them clear their minds and relieves stress. Which is why we decided that for the 2016 Catalyst Ranch Calendar, we would engage an [...]

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Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater

By |2018-04-26T16:54:29-05:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Art, Create, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater A bit of a one-man-band, through puppets Blair is able to tell deep and complex stories with the various characters often being different extensions of his own personality. Right! Not your average puppet show! — The Huffington Post Catalyst Ranch Ignite Theatre presents its next feature: The Blair Thomas & [...]

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7 Keys to Beat Resistance and Self-Sabotage

By |2018-04-26T16:54:31-05:00August 21st, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Inspire|

Today we are pleased to share a guest blog from Rae Luskin who is hosting The Creative Activist Retreat here at Catalyst Ranch on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. “Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles I was a talented writer, with [...]

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A Mandate to Incite Insight

By |2018-04-26T16:54:31-05:00August 19th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creativity, Innovation, Inspire|

We were recently thrilled to receive our very first Incite Insight Notebooks! It's been something on our wishlist for a long time - a notebook that our clients and fans could take home with them to continue inspiring them even when they're not here at Catalyst Ranch. So, we partnered with Shawn Smith who owns Resketch, [...]

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Making the Open Office Plan Work for You

By |2018-04-26T16:54:31-05:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: Create, Creative Spaces|Tags: , , , |

Do you work in an open plan office and constantly face the challenge of dodging interruptions when you really need to get SOMETHING. DONE. NOW? Here's a story from Bloomberg Business showcasing a new product on the market that may help solve your problem and skyrocket your productivity. Don't bother me: Fighting the tyranny of the [...]

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projectMUSIC

By |2018-04-26T16:54:32-05:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creativity, Events, Inspire, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The stories of the 40 children who live at LYDIA are consistently shocking and upsetting. These kids have been handed one of the most difficult challenges the world can offer - being taken from their parents due to abuse and/or neglect. The children in LYDIA’s Residential Treatment Center (home for abused and neglected children) are all [...]

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Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins

By |2018-04-26T16:54:32-05:00June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Inspire, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins At Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s first unconventional meeting venue, we love re-purposed art and furniture! Stroll around the Ranch and you’ll see classic lamp stands with modern lampshades, tea tins from around the globe that have turned into pen holders, and re-painted picture frames embellished with beads and trinkets. There is [...]

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Finding Balance in a Chaotic World

By |2018-04-26T16:54:32-05:00June 9th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please stand up and do some jumping jacks for guest blogger Kim Ready! Fitness Engaged is our newest meeting mix-in vendor and is a full service wellness company offering corporate wellness programs, seminars, and retreats along with 4 programs designed to give your meeting a healthy balance. We live in a world of demanding deadlines, calendars [...]

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