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What We’ve Known For 14 Years. . .

By |2018-04-26T16:54:24-05:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip of the Week, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

I stumbled across this article written for LinkedIn by Rene de Ruijter, and thought it was terrifically written and would be of great interest to our Ranch audience.  I figured I would "dissect" it below.  The link to the full article is at the bottom. "The right working environment can stimulate creativity and innovation. Colours, lighting, [...]

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Who Wouldn’t Love a No Waste Grocery Store?

By |2018-04-26T16:54:25-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

ZERO WASTE MARKET I remember when I was a kid and my mom would take me a half hour away to piano lessons.  After the lesson, as a reward, Mom would take my brother and I to a store that had candy and gum and seeds and nuts in big barrels and bins, and [...]

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Do You Really Know Thoughtly Crew?

By |2018-04-26T16:54:25-05:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

We sat down with Holly Birnbaum, one of the founders of Thoughtly Crew, to ask about Creative Thinking Agents, consumer market research groups, and partnering with Catalyst Ranch.  Here's what she said!   Who is Thoughtly Crew? Thoughtly Crew, the world's first independent pool of creative consumers, was launched in 2005 by Holly Birnbaum, Scott Cheney [...]

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Meeting Tip of the Week for August 30th

By |2018-04-26T16:54:26-05:00August 30th, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative, Creativity, Innovation, Meetings, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Tip of the Day, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Using Puzzles to Build Your Team If you are looking to capitalize on the Pokemon Go craze but don't want to fall off a cliff while on your phone, a great place to look is The Mystery League.  #Crain's Chicago Business just highlighted Sandor Weisz and his brainchild company, touting the benefits of people working together [...]

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Ignite Theatre Presents: Steel Magnolias

By |2018-04-26T16:54:30-05:00September 10th, 2015|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Events, Innovation, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As you may have heard, Catalyst Ranch is producing a theatre series called Ignite Theatre that is launching October 9th.  Our first production is Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Please welcome director Dan Foss, who has agreed to answer our goofy questions despite his status as a huge talent in the theatre community. Dan has been [...]

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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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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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Heartfelt Catering

By |2018-04-26T16:54:33-05:00May 5th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|

Welcome today’s guest blogger, founder of Heartfelt Catering, Chef Cecilia Hamilton!  Heartfelt Catering seemed like the perfect partner for Elbows on the Table on May 12.   We hope you can join us for a conversation about philanthropy and community and, of course, a delicious dinner!   We’re honored to partner with Catalyst Ranch for this year’s [...]

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How To Turn Ideas Into Action

By |2018-04-26T16:55:43-05:00July 25th, 2013|Categories: Creativity, Innovation, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We're so excited to have Chicago Ideas Week back at Catalyst Ranch today for another Innovation Board luncheon. For those who aren't familiar with CIW, the organization was founded in 2011 with the purpose of bringing thought leaders from all over the world to Chicago to "provoke new ideas and inspire actionable results." They seek to create a forum where [...]

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