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Monday, June 8
 

9:00am EDT

CPSI Opening Event
Join CPSI friends old and new to see what's in store for our CPSI 2020 reVISION Virtual Conference

Monday June 8, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Ambiguity Tolerance: Life's Hot Sauce. Put that s$%# on everything.
Uncertainty sucks.  It's fair to say the world is steeped in uncertainty.  Most people hate uncertainty, and seek closure. In fact, people who are unconsciously primed with ambiguity remain more steadfast to their original position.  Creativity is always uncertain. If you can build your muscle memory to face uncertainty in creativity, it will come easier in other situations.
 
Creativity can build resilience through Tolerance of Ambiguity.  Higher tolerance of ambiguity is linked to all kinds of great outcomes, like increased well being, increased complex problem solving, creativity and critical thinking.   

Let’s face ambiguity together with exercises designed to make you think “now what?” yet demand that you make a choice.  Get out of your comfort zone and be okay with not knowing the answer. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Mindfully recognize the feelings of uncertainty, and experience the courage of moving forward anyway.
  • Notice the connections between facing uncertainty in creativity, and facing uncertainty in other areas of your life.
  • Recognize how decisions in uncertainty affects your willingness to consider something new.


How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Recognize how much ambiguity can affect opinions.
  • Illuminate attendees’ comfort in tolerance of ambiguity – or lack thereof.
  • Recognize how a creative practice can build tolerance of ambiguity.


How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Recognize and mitigate the impact of ambiguity when having discussions and negotiations.
  • Use a creative practice to build tolerance of ambiguity, stress inoculation and resilience.
  • Choose from 7 ways to increase tolerance of ambiguity, for happiness, productivity and superpowers. Just kidding on the superpowers. Or, am I?

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Brookfield

Caroline Brookfield

DVM, Artful Science
Caroline is new to CPSI but it was recommended to her by a colleague due to her interest in creativity. Much of her learning about creativity has been self-directed through books and journal article review. She has been speaking through her company, Artful Science, for approximately... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Seeing Conflict Differently
Come see and learn ways to do conflict differently. Scared of conflict? Find ways to engage in difficult conversations with more ease. Love conflict? Find ways to engage in difficult conversations where people will hear you more effectively. Ever had a conflict with someone? Find ways to get through the next one faster and with fewer loose ends. In this workshop, we’ll look at our own relationships with conflict, learn some conflict theory, and practice ways to navigate conflict.
 
Often we create because of, around, and through conflict. Instead of being debilitated, aggressive, repeating arguments, or pretending it doesn’t exist, you’ll have tools and ways to do conflict differently.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Understanding your personal relationship to conflict.
  • Develop new ways of seeing conflict in your life (personal and professional).
  • Plan out new ways to navigate conflict
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Awareness of your attitudes toward conflict: your history, automatic style, and expanded possibilities of communication during dissension.  
  • Acknowledging your emotions and learning from them in order to keep connected to your brain’s creative center.
  • Learning some skills of constructive conversation so you can participate in elegant and creative solutions that work for your life.
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Daily conflict applications with self and other.
  • Can use conflict management with your family and at work.
  • Reduce time consumed by guessing what to do.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Burr

Lindsay Burr

CEO, 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 →


Monday June 8, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

YouthWise Teen Hangout
This event is for YouthWise participants, ages 13 and older.

Join other teens in a moderated chat to check in, plan your week at CPSI, play some games, and get to know one another

Speakers
avatar for Najja Bouldin

Najja Bouldin

Phoenix Innovation Group
Clients will notice right away that Najja is a people person who listens intently and enjoys engaging with them. He is a facilitator driven by curiosity and the belief in the capacity of every person to achieve their fullest potential. Workshop participants appreciate how he tunes... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Tuesday, June 9
 

9:00am EDT

Introduction to Creative Problem Solving
The foundation of CPSI is the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process. In this engaging session, you will learn the core tenets and the 4 stages of CPS that can take you from clarifying a problem to a plan for implementation. The session will include an interactive run-through of the 4 stages on a personal problem and brief discussion of the key drivers of CPS.
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • An interactive run thru of the 4 stages of CPS on a personal or work challenge
  • Discussion of Key CPS Drivers - Praise first; Divergent & Convergent thinking; Frame problems as a question; Building strong solutions; Powerful action planning
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Recognize that wild and unusual creativity can be harnessed to serve a powerful problem solving process
  • Recognize that we all have creativity and it can be practiced and improved upon like any other skill
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • The Fast-CPS template supplied can be used to work on personal and work challenges
  • Exposure to the CPS process will demonstrate the value of being flexible and more tolerant of ambiguity
  • You may want to dive deeper into learning more about deliberate creativity as a critical thinking tool

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Billoni

Anthony Billoni

New York, United States, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
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 9, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Reindeer Games
We will be playing improv games!

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Tuesday June 9, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Your Social Style is Showing -- 4 Keys to Better Storming
Did you know 80% of our communication with others is non-verbal? Recent research in the field of creative problem solving reveals our communication style -- the ways we interact with others in collaborative settings -- is directly linked to our creative thinking style. And much of our behavior, especially under creative tension, sends conflicting signals to teammates. What if our creative energy is being misinterpreted when we collaborate? How do we harness the untapped creative potential resident in our teams if we don’t recognize what each other is really trying to say?

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • In this highly interactive session, we will explore the four Social Styles: learned behaviors rooted in a desire to approach challenges in specific and creative ways. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • We will uncover the specific types of conflict that are helpful or toxic to group creativity, and how our social styles enhance or derail effective collaboration. 
  • We will act out common scenarios to deconstruct how our communication styles can either hinder or bring out the creative best in your team. 

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Come prepared to learn how to improvise, flex your habitual communication styles, and share your own insights to fuel collaborative breakthroughs.
Note: This session will be using Mural. Check out our practice Mural board ahead of the session to be ready to participate! https://bit.ly/CPSIMural

We also encourage all interested attendees to familiarize themselves with Mural before the session. Here are two 2-minute tutorials worth watching.

Navigating a mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uds8lsv-CEQ&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3&t=0s

Adding content to mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmYaxcTzD6Y&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ackerbauer

Michael Ackerbauer

Business Transformation Leader, IBM
Macker is an innovation and change leadership thought partner for organizations large and small. Macker specializes in making complex concepts easy to understand and simple to apply for maximum creative capability. Macker makes organizations better by helping their teams abandon... Read More →


Tuesday June 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, June 10
 

9:00am EDT

Combining Appreciative Inquiry and the Science of Creativity to Amplify Your Practice
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a proven methodology that focuses on the strengths of the organization and encourages a team to co-create the future they desire. It is ideal for the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world we are facing today. This session explores how to combine  AI methodology and Creative Problem Solving (CPS) tools in both your personal and professional life. 

Kim will share practical stories describing how a positive, strengths-based approach has helped organizations of all sizes achieve faster and better outcomes. This 90 min workshop will provide participants with time to experience AI methodology and explore specific ways to use it to enhance engagement, leverage collaboration and come up with actionable outcomes. The combination of these concepts can add a powerful dimension to your practice and will open up new best practices that are supported by extensive academic research. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Experience Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a strength-based, creativity approach
  • Learn how to combine AI and CPS in organizations facing a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world 
  • Master an AI tool that can help your organization reframe problems as opportunities when the situation calls for this.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Learn how looking at the same topic as an opportunity rather than as a problem can open up new thinking and engagement.
  • Explore how a positive approach can transform a CPS facilitation into a life-changing experience.
  • Re-energize your CPS practice with new tools to open up deeper connections and faster outcomes.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Master a tool for reframing a problem as an opportunity that you can use immediately after the session.
  • Learn when Appreciative Inquiry might be the best option to explore your ideal outcome.
  • Use storytelling to open up new opportunities in your organization.

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 →



Wednesday June 10, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Energizer Dance Party!
Shake off the Zoom Fatigue with Deb Williams and Mike Filipski

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Wednesday June 10, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

No Toga Required: Finding Your Inner Philosopher
Remember when you were young, and you reveled in asking big questions? Were you that kid who wanted to know about life, the universe, and everything? In this session, we'll rekindle that spark of inquiry and bravely ask things for which there isn't just one answer. We'll explore the role of philosophy in the 21st century, and not only play with philosophical questions, but discuss practical ways in which we can use them to grow, both personally and professionally. We’ll practice asking questions in a way that really opens up dialogue, and find ways to disagree peacefully. Above all else, we’ll take pleasure in “Why”, the way we did when we were small.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Find joy in asking philosophical questions.
  • Apply philosophical questions to real world problems.
  • Practice inquiry techniques that are inclusive.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Asking "why" isn't just for small children.
  • Philosophy is an ancient practice, but it's making a strong comeback.
  • Philosophy is practical, and more than just "navel gazing." 

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Think critically about the masses of information we're bombarded with.
  • Become a more effective team member and leader.
  • Get more out of conversations and dialogue.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Leask

Amy Leask

Founder/Author, Red T Media
Amy comes from an academic background in philosophy, over two decades in education (secondary and post-secondary), multiple thinking skills workshops/events for children, as well as community workshops for adults looking to embrace their inner philosopher. She is a friendly neighborhood... Read More →


Wednesday June 10, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

The Futures Wheel: Exploring the Consequences of Change
Do you have a future-oriented solution that you would like to develop and strengthen?  Would you like to identify and prepare for the potential consequences of future changes, trends or events? The “futures wheel” is a divergent thinking tool that can be used to broadly explore the potential implications of future changes and how they might evolve in the future.  Considering these implications allow one to strengthen and future-proof their solutions, strategies and plans.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Learn the basic principles of the futures wheels and when to use it
  • Practice divergence and convergence with the futures wheel on at least one scenario
  • Be able to prioritize and reframe future implications into issues or opportunities that require action

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  •  Understand that they can prepare for future changes.
  • Address their biases on how they expect the future to evolve.
  • Develop and broaden their future mindset. 

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  •  Consider future implications in the development of new ideas. 
  • Strengthen solutions, strategies and plans with a future mindset.
  • Be able to better prepare for uncertainty and future change.

Note: This session will be using Mural. Check out our practice Mural board ahead of the session to be ready to participate! https://bit.ly/CPSIMural

We also encourage all interested attendees to familiarize themselves with Mural before the session. Here are two 2-minute tutorials worth watching.

Navigating a mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uds8lsv-CEQ&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3&t=0s

Adding content to mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmYaxcTzD6Y&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3

Speakers
avatar for Clay Bunyard

Clay Bunyard

Technical Leader, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Clay is the subject matter expert on Creativity at KCC for their internal virtual university and he teaches CPS classes and acts as an informal CPS facilitator. He loves discussing and examining different creative processes, methods and tools and how and when to best apply them. Continuing... Read More →



Wednesday June 10, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, June 11
 

9:00am EDT

Expanding Your 20/20 Vision by Looking
A few years ago, James Gilmore put together observational tools where “looking” in various ways is a fundamental innovation approach.  He views “looking” as a neglected skill that helps to inform and provide insights about innovation.

In this workshop, we will explore each of the six Looking Glasses or Lenses that Jim outlines in his book:  Look:  A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills.  We will practice each of the looking glasses on a topic, experience the use of these six glasses in a virtual way, and show how the Six Looking Glasses can improve your 20-20 vision in a practical way.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Provide background on Jim Gilmore’s Six Looking Glasses.
  • Improve observing skills with tips on how you can use this in a virtual environment so that your vision goes beyond 20-20! 
  • Have a practical experience using Six Looking Glasses.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Explore observation by using six different glasses or lenses to improve observational skills for innovation.
  • Use of simple tools to stretch your vision and go beyond mere 20-20 vision.
  • Spending time to observe, anytime, anyplace, virtually or in person because you never know what observations will lead to innovation.


How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Expanding the toolset of observational research for professional and personal purposes, including using these tools virtually.
  • Worksheet on what each of the Six Looking Glasses are and how they might be applied, in person and virtually.
  • Use of a practical, virtual example to show how Six Looking Glasses can be applied.

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 →



Thursday June 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Virtual Experiential Activit(ies)
We will be doing one or more virtual experientials that you can use in sessions!

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Thursday June 11, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Creating the Vision for Your Future
The book of Proverbs says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The Ghanaian proverb says, “The poorest person in the world is not the one without money, but the one without vision.” The difference between the winners and the “also ran” are the visions and powerful images they create about their future.  This is true in athletics and it is even more important in life.

Whether you are 16 or 60, having a compelling vision for your future is absolutely vital for success and health. Research on aging has found that those individuals who have a higher sense of purpose live healthier and longer lives. In this session, you will:

Learn how to craft your life and design your future. Take the long view for your future to move beyond the day-to-day tactics that may keep you in the past. Leave with a vision of your future and specific actions you can take to propel you toward that future.

Please come to this session prepared with the following:
  • Several sheets of 8/12 x 11 paper  
  • One large sheet of paper if possible. If not available then at least a legal size page
  • Pen or pencil to write with
  • One rubber band
  • Several different colored markers, colored pencils, etc.  (You will be drawing a vision map.)
  • The attached file, printed and ready to go

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will learn to apply a repeatable system to help you to create your future even through challenging times
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • This program will help you to "see over the horizon" in your life to recognize and attract the circumstances and people that will help you to actualize your amazing future
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • In the session, not after the session, you will apply research validated techniques that you can use to create your future.

Speakers
avatar for Roger Firestien

Roger Firestien

Associate Professor (Retired), Center for Creativity and Change Leadership SUNY Buffalo State
Dr. Firestien has attended CPSI since 1977. He likes to herd Cattle, and enjoys writing books on creativity. For him, the best part of CPSI is connecting with old friends and meeting new ones.



Thursday June 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Vision and Transformation: "Look, Look, See" (Part 1)
NOTE: This is the first part of a two-part webinar. Catch part two on Friday, June 12 at 12:00 PM EDT

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau

Observation of the space around oneself and one’s surroundings enables us to discover new perspectives. Utilizing virtual tours of famous Frank Lloyd Wright structures, we will artistically explore design elements. In this session, we will integrate the role of the arts as a way of aesthetically transforming physical place, spirit, and self. Through reflection and arts exploration, we will identify personal and professional growing edges.

Art projects such as drawing, sound archeology, painting, modeling, space configuration, photography, video filming, and more participatory art techniques will inform our discovery process (need not be an accomplished artist to participate). As we identify our personal objectives and artistic styles, we will see more clearly the ways in which we can chart a pathway to the future.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Observe and employ art appreciation as a way to grow self-understanding.
  • Explore ways in which others create vision for the future and transform spaces to apply the vision.
  • Use the metaphor of architectural space usage to understand self.
  • Value the points of view of others in the group.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Milani Luther

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 →
avatar for Walt Stevenson

Walt Stevenson

Professor of Management and Communications, Golden Gate University
CPS applied to college classroom, Lego Strategic Play, UbD Understanding by Design(Backwards Design.Facilitation.Dye-on-silk painting and other art.Walt's Art Gallery at www.walt-stevenson.artistwebsites.com



Thursday June 11, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

CPSI Virtual Happy Hour
Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a chance to meet new people and build your creative network. Feel free to try one of the recipes below if you are over 21. Please Zoom responsibly.

CPSI 2020: melon liqueur, Grey Goose vodka and orange (or pineapple) juice
Bloodshot Eyeball: RumChata, grenadine (or Maraschino cherry juice) and one blackberry or large blueberry
Wing: Red Bull, vodka and 5 Hour Energy
Breakout (the Liquor Cabinet): Pour your heart into a Long Island Iced Tea
Computer Troubles: Mix up a classic Whiskey Sour
Zoom Meeting: coffee liqueur, tequila and espresso

And last but certainly not least:

Double Vision: a highball glass full of your favorite hard liquor, served neat 

Thursday June 11, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, June 12
 

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - El Recreo Virtual Playground
We will be playing virtual friendly energizers so you can spark some joy to your zoom meeting!

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Friday June 12, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Look, Listen, Laugh, Lead: How to Connect in an Everhcanging World
Improv is founded on the same skills that empower any successful business or organization: innovation, creativity, collaboration and communication. And when you understand and experience how improv actually works, you'll realize these are attributes absolutely everyone can cultivate. And the best part? Being funny is absolutely not necessary! 

In this session, participants will learn the basic and guiding principles of improv and end with a clear vision of how they might use them to their advantage in work and in life, creating a supportive and creative climate for themselves and all those around them.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Actively engage in activities based in improvisation, allowing you to see how vulnerability and openness can lead to emotional and physiological responses.
  • Through real activities, you will experience examples of full-body listening before responding and how to see the unexpected and greet it with positivity and playfulness.
  • Leveraging the restraints of virtual sessions, Improv-based activities will allow you to see how your involvement and contributions impact conversations and collective experiences.
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Insight into your own responses and others’ responses, building empathy, collaboration, and connection.
  • Increased self-awareness, positively impacting personal wellbeing and fostering a healthy workplace. 
  • Experience the impact and value of principles and practices rooted in improvisation, play, and humor. 
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Through experiencing the principles and practices, you will be better able to integrate them into your own work and life.
  • Rich debriefing and exploration of the activities will inform your own debriefing and application in your own setting.
  • Inspire efforts to address and improve elements of your own interactions, whether virtual or in-person.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garry

Katie Garry

Creative Strategist and Brand Storyteller, kg creative, llc
Katie is the owner and CEO of KG Creative, llc, a bespoke Creative Marketing Agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her copywriting and creative director experience spans industries but always tells a rich consumer story. She’s worked with the likes of small-town startups to Fortune 500s and... Read More →
avatar for Jane Fischer

Jane Fischer

Creative Change Facilitator, Improv Connections
Jane has always drawn on three things: a love of humor and performing, her imagination and ideas, and the desire to help others. Her professional life began with a focus on “helping others." She has two decades of experience and leadership in health education and human services... Read More →


Friday June 12, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Vision and Transformation: "Look, Look, See" (Part 2)
NOTE: This is the second part of a two-part webinar. Catch part one on Thursday, June 11 at 3:00 PM EDT

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau
 
Observation of the space around oneself and one’s surroundings enables us to discover new perspectives. Utilizing virtual tours of famous Frank Lloyd Wright structures, we will artistically explore design elements. In this session, we will integrate the role of the arts as a way of aesthetically transforming physical place, spirit, and self. Through reflection and arts exploration, we will identify personal and professional growing edges.
 
Art projects such as drawing, sound archeology, painting, modeling, space configuration, photography, video filming, and more participatory art techniques will inform our discovery process (need not be an accomplished artist to participate). As we identify our personal objectives and artistic styles, we will see more clearly the ways in which we can chart a pathway to the future.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Observe and employ art appreciation as a way to grow self-understanding.
  • Explore ways in which others create vision for the future and transform spaces to apply the vision.
  • Use the metaphor of architectural space usage to understand self.
  • Value the points of view of others in the group.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Milani Luther

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 →
avatar for Walt Stevenson

Walt Stevenson

Professor of Management and Communications, Golden Gate University
CPS applied to college classroom, Lego Strategic Play, UbD Understanding by Design(Backwards Design.Facilitation.Dye-on-silk painting and other art.Walt's Art Gallery at www.walt-stevenson.artistwebsites.com


Friday June 12, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Saturday, June 13
 

10:00am EDT

Young Philosophers Club: Never Too Early to Ask Big Questions
NOTE: This session is designed for YouthWise participants who are 8-12 years old.


You know all those big questions that keep rattling around in your head, the ones that won’t go away, and that have more than one answer? In this session, we'll celebrate your drive to ask these kinds of questions, and we’ll learn fun and empowering ways to explore a whole lot of different answers. We’ll learn what a philosopher is and does (hint: you probably are one, and you’re probably already doing it), and we’ll find out how young thinkers can dive into topics like robots, the environment, and even art. We’ll celebrate the word “Why”, and find out how thinking about things a little more deeply can help us in so many areas of our lives.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Celebrate your desire to ask big questions.
  • Find out how big questions pop up in our everyday lives.
  • Learn to look at an idea from many different perspectives.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Asking big questions can change us, and change the world.
  • Asking big questions is a very old practice that’s been happening around the world for thousands of years.
  • You’re never too young to be a philosopher!

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Think a little more deeply about what we hear and see in the media.
  • Understand other people a little better (even if we disagree with them).
  • Find creative solutions to problems, in your own lives, in our communities, and around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Leask

Amy Leask

Founder/Author, Red T Media
Amy comes from an academic background in philosophy, over two decades in education (secondary and post-secondary), multiple thinking skills workshops/events for children, as well as community workshops for adults looking to embrace their inner philosopher. She is a friendly neighborhood... Read More →



Saturday June 13, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

2:00pm EDT

Young Writers Club: Seeing, Understanding, and Creating the World Through Writing
This event is designed for YouthWise participants, ages 8 to 13. 

Please bring the following to this session:
1. One Picture to be shared
2. One favorite word to be shared
3. Pencil/pen/marker
4. Paper

Note: We will e playing a game on Kahoot.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • In this session you will experience a creative writing process.  
  • You will exercise your senses and have some fun.
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • The intent of this session is to help you, the participant, become more aware of what you look at as compared to what you see.  
  • Additionally, you will be able to understand how personal writings can contain information for future creation.
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You can use these skills to persuade someone to fund your next big invention or to ask for an increase in your allowance.  Or maybe just to make someone’s day a little better.

Speakers
avatar for Kit Jones

Kit Jones

Mount Vernon CSD
I have an infinity for poetry and art. In addition I love working with the Girl Scouts and camping. Topics that get me going are books, ASL, and education.


Saturday June 13, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Monday, June 15
 

9:00am EDT

Breath Connection
Join Mallory Combemale of Breath Connection to activate the power of your breath to optimize your brain for each stage of the CPS process. Breath exercises are simple, practical tools that you can incorporate into your workday or CPS sessions, whether you are new to CPS or an experienced CPS facilitator. Different breath practices have different effects on the human brain and nervous system. In this session you will learn some quick breath techniques and the science behind how they can prime your brain to be more effective at creativity and collaboration.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Understanding of how the human brain and nervous system affects our capacity for creative problem solving
  • Scientific information explaining how we can use our breath patterns to change the state of our nervous system and brain
  • 3 simple breath-based tools that will put your brain and nervous system in an optimal state for creative problem solving
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You will be empowered to shift your state and prime yourself for creativity in less than a minute, by simply changing the way you breathe. These are practical, quick tools that you can incorporate into your every day life and any facilitated session!
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You can use this knowledge and these breath techniques every day throughout your work day! If you are a CPS facilitator, you can also use these incredibly quick, effective tools in your sessions to shift the state of your participants and prime people for specific parts of the CPS process.
About Mallory & Breath ConnectionMallory is the Founder of Breath Connection, which uses the transformative and scientifically-supported power of the human breath to build core leadership skills such as creativity, collaboration and resilience in individuals and teams.  She is a Core Faculty Member at CPSI, teaching Tools & Techniques and has facilitated at UNLEASH, the world's largest social innovation lab. She worked for 5 years as a facilitator at the Deloitte Greenhouse, specializing in sessions on executive strategy, innovation and leadership team effectiveness. A 500-hr certified yoga teacher, Mallory has studied the effects of breathwork on the human brain and nervous system with Dr. Joe Loizzo of the Nalanda Institute and Anand Mehrotra of Sattva Yoga.


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 →


Monday June 15, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Shooting the Sh!t
We will be meeting new folks and learning what makes them smile.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Monday June 15, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Envisioning and Embodying Trust
Trust can feel delicate or sturdy depending on the situation. We often don’t know when it is there – only when it is lost. If it is lost we don’t know where to find it. Building trust with ourselves and with others can seem impossible. This session will examine the complexity and simplicity of trust, and how we as individuals can build and reinforce it with others and with ourselves.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Elements of trust
  • Personal relationship to trust and how we know it is there.
  • Have a plan to build trust in a situation of the participant’s choosing.
 
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Relief to know there is something that can be done about lost trust.
  • A reframing so that trust is not all or nothing.
  • A rearranging of how we approach connecting with humanity.
 
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Can apply individually, in personal life or at work.
  • Set a roadmap for a situation in which you feel you need more trust
  • Set a roadmap for building trust with yourself to inspire confidence and humility.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Burr

Lindsay Burr

CEO, 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 →


Monday June 15, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

3D “CRISIS” Diagnostic Cards: Based on Based on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Methods and COVID19
Take this fun quiz before coming to the session! https://www.strategicplay.com/superhero2

Do you need a faster way to better understand your clients / consumers changing
Needs? Are you looking for a better way to facilitate powerful workshops? Do you want to add more fun while effectively facilitating challenging topics?

Excellent, because now more than ever the world needs creative facilitators with
powerful tools that can be used online or face to face. This powerful online and / or
hands on pocket-sized tool is for inspiring creative thinking, problem-solving, decision-
making and collaborating to drive innovation during high risk times and crisis.

Designed for facilitators, consultants and researchers, 3D Diagnostic Crisis Cards have
been designed specifically to manage the crisis and aftermath of COVID 19 while
stimulating productive online or face to face meetings and workshops through rapid
diagnosis and purpose-built play. These cards were made during COVID 19 but are
applicable to any crisis such as floods, earthquakes, fires, landslides- you name it. We
are also presenting this innovative tool using an online tool called STORMZ®.

This session is for you if you:
  1. Recognize the power of storytelling
  2. Know the power of creative visuals
  3. Like to play with ideas
  4. You’re a LEGO® fan
  5. You want to add a new tool to your kit
  6. You’re looking for some serious fun with amazing outcomes

We have 50 powerful 3D Diagnostic Cards to help you identify the key issues which
clients are struggling with right now. The inherent humor of the LEGO® image serves as
an external prompt that makes it easier for people to open the discussion to topics
which they may have considered taboo or too challenging to address.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Facilitate and explore CPS on a deeper level using this fun playful tool
  • Create a common language and clarity to communication
  • Uncover hidden innovation through root cause analysis and story boarding

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Discover new ways to stimulate powerful conversations
  • Supplement your creative program with high energy openers and closers.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Break barriers using empathy and creative visuals.
  • Add a new tool and some serious fun.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Lloyd Smith

Jacqueline Lloyd Smith

Owner, Strategic Play
Jacquie uses the CPS process in all of her work –  she has  no idea how she problem solved or made decisions before learning about the CPS process.  She has taken the underpinnings of CPS and innovated a  multitude of applications in 3D with LEGO® bricks which have resulted... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Walling

Stephen Walling

Licensed Trainer, Strategic Play
Stephen has been a certified Strategic Play® facilitator and trainer with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology since 2011. He has level II certification in Simplex Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making. Stephen worked as an Associate Faculty Member and Strategic Mentor in the... Read More →
SG

Sebastien Giroux

Licensed Trainer, Strategic Play


Monday June 15, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

YouthWise Teen Hangout
This event is designed for YouthWise participants, 13 and older. 

Join other teens in a moderated chat to check in, plan your week at CPSI, play some games, and get to know one another

Speakers
avatar for Najja Bouldin

Najja Bouldin

Phoenix Innovation Group
Clients will notice right away that Najja is a people person who listens intently and enjoys engaging with them. He is a facilitator driven by curiosity and the belief in the capacity of every person to achieve their fullest potential. Workshop participants appreciate how he tunes... Read More →


Monday June 15, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Tuesday, June 16
 

9:00am EDT

Everything Speaks: Designing Touchpoints for Engaging Experiences
Going meta, let's dig into how the core components of experience design can help you create memorable, meaningful experiences in any situation through co-creation exercises and immediate practical application. We'll explore how people can move through anticipation, participation, and reflection in a carefully designed way for maximum engagement.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Gain a thorough understanding of touchpoints from dinner parties to conference events. 
  • Gain an understanding of the key components of experience design.
  • Co-create an experience based on experience design criteria.
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You will take more notice of how “everything speaks”. 
  • You will be able to spot points of friction in possible experiences. 
  • You will gain a more holistic view of what makes a great, memorable experience.
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Can be applied to dinner parties to conference events. 
  • Can be applied to organizing any event or group experience. 
  • Can be applied to learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Good

Jamie Good

Senior Learning Experience Designer, Enable Education Inc.
Jamie has been a facilitator for more than a decade and after attending CPSI in 2018, began integrating the CPS process into his work, design and life. In his current role, he is using the CPS process to help internally and with clients externally. Creativity is in Jamie’s blood... Read More →


Tuesday June 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Playing Around the Campfire
We will be fostering connection through understanding and conversation.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Tuesday June 16, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

The Coddiwomple, Fun-Filled Creative Thinking for Education (Part 1)
 NOTE: This is part one of a two-part session. Catch part two on Tuesday June 16 at 3:00 PM EDT.
This session will be open to the first 48 people who arrive in the Zoom meeting. 

To “coddiwomple” is to walk purposefully towards a destination as yet unknown. Education tends to be linear, regimented, structured with little room for imagination or creative thinking. Creativity isn’t a school subject which can be assessed but is ignited when people are playful and childlike.

Using a hybrid of CPS and Design Thinking we have developed a highly interactive, playful methodology (coddiwompiling) for education at all levels (9 years olds to those studying at PHD level). The coddiwomple uses language and exercises that make our methodology understandable for younger audiences.

In this workshop we will share the first steps (empathy stage) of the coddiwomple experience as we guide you through the tools, techniques and exercises that we use to open minds, spark imagination, inject playfulness and unleash creativity in formal education settings.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Experience the Coddiwomple methodology and tools used in the empathy stage
  • Discover new approaches to unleashing creativity and imagination in education
  • Take time to wander a bit as you explore a challenge


How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Understand the transferable nature of the coddiwomple methodology and the possible ways to use it with a range of audiences 
  • Foster greater creativity in those you work with
  • Be more playful and open when working on new challenges

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Inspire others to apply their imagination
  • Use the tools and techniques learned in your own setting

Note: This session will be using Mural. Check out our practice Mural board ahead of the session to be ready to participate! https://bit.ly/CPSIMural

We also encourage all interested attendees to familiarize themselves with Mural before the session. Here are two 2-minute tutorials worth watching.

Navigating a mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uds8lsv-CEQ&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3&t=0s

Adding content to mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmYaxcTzD6Y&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Dolan

Michelle Dolan

Thinker in Residence, REJIG
Michelle views CPS as a critical life tool, one which can help us reframe more imaginatively how we approach the challenges we encounter in our everyday personal and professional lives. She  currently works as ‘Thinker in residence’ at Rejig, Belfast where all of their working... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Flanagan

Patricia Flanagan

Director, REJIG
Patricia has over 25 years experience working in the Enterprise and Education sectors in Northern Ireland. Since a visit to the d school, Stanford University in 2010 she has worked exclusively in Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving, pioneering the inclusion of Design Thinking... Read More →


Tuesday June 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

The Coddiwomple, Fun-Filled Creative Thinking for Education (Part 2)
NOTE: This part two of a two-part session. Catch part one on Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00 PM EDT.
This session will be open to the first 48 people who arrive in the Zoom meeting.

To “coddiwomple” is to walk purposefully towards a destination as yet unknown. Education tends to be linear, regimented, structured with little room for imagination or creative thinking. Creativity isn’t a school subject which can be assessed but is ignited when people are playful and childlike.

Using a hybrid of CPS and Design Thinking we have developed a highly interactive, playful methodology (coddiwompiling) for education at all levels (9 years olds to those studying at PHD level). The coddiwomple uses language and exercises that make our methodology understandable for younger audiences.

In this workshop we will share the first steps(empathy stage) of the coddiwomple experience as we guide you through the tools, techniques and exercises that we use to open minds, spark imagination, inject playfulness and unleash creativity in formal education settings.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Experience the Coddiwomple methodology and tools used in the empathy stage
  • Discover new approaches to unleashing creativity and imagination in education
  • Take time to wander a bit as you explore a challenge


How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Understand the transferable nature of the coddiwomple methodology and the possible ways to use it with a range of audiences 
  • Foster greater creativity in those you work with
  • Be more playful and open when working on new challenges

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Inspire others to apply their imagination
  • Use the tools and techniques learned in your own setting

Note: This session will be using Mural. Check out our practice Mural board ahead of the session to be ready to participate! https://bit.ly/CPSIMural

We also encourage all interested attendees to familiarize themselves with Mural before the session. Here are two 2-minute tutorials worth watching.

Navigating a mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uds8lsv-CEQ&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3&t=0s

Adding content to mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmYaxcTzD6Y&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Flanagan

Patricia Flanagan

Director, REJIG
Patricia has over 25 years experience working in the Enterprise and Education sectors in Northern Ireland. Since a visit to the d school, Stanford University in 2010 she has worked exclusively in Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving, pioneering the inclusion of Design Thinking... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Dolan

Michelle Dolan

Thinker in Residence, REJIG
Michelle views CPS as a critical life tool, one which can help us reframe more imaginatively how we approach the challenges we encounter in our everyday personal and professional lives. She  currently works as ‘Thinker in residence’ at Rejig, Belfast where all of their working... Read More →


Tuesday June 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, June 17
 

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Reinforcement Game
We will be playing a game wherein only half the players know how to win.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Wednesday June 17, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Virtual Story Techniques for Creative Collaboration (Part 1)
NOTE: This part one of a two-part webinar. Catch part two on Wednesday, June 17 at 3:00 PM EDT.

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*
  • Snowball Pair and Share*
  • Story Boarding
  • Consumer Narrative Continuum
  • Story Listening*
  • Campfire story circles

*Simulation exercises

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
We will use story-based activities to: 
  • Deepen insights and build empathy. 
  • Help a team develop a shared vision. 

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

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Learn storytelling skills.
  • Use story based tools and techniques.
  • 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 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Virtual Story Techniques for Creative Collaboration (Part 2)
NOTE: This part two of a two-part webinar. Catch part one on Wednesday, June 17 at 12:00 PM EDT.

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 CPS. 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
  • Campfire Story Circles*
  • Storybox Ideation*
  • Six Word Stories 
  • Stories to Keep Development on Track*
  • Concept Development with Story
  • Pitching with a Story
 
*Simulation exercises

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
We will use story-based activities to: 
  • Spark the flow of ideas during ideation. 
  • Develop, test, and prototype. 
  • Pitch ideas.

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

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Learn storytelling skills.
  • Use story based tools and techniques.
  • 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 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, June 18
 

9:00am EDT

Mindfulness: Your Creativity Superpower
These are extraordinary times. Even before the pandemic, we were experiencing a period of accelerated change, which has suddenly, and without warning, expanded exponentially. Navigating these turbulent times requires we all find ways to tap into our creative potential.

At the heart of our individual and collective creativity is our ability to see something from a different perspective, imagine what doesn't yet exist, or bring together what has been apart. But how do we open ourselves up to imagine and re-imagine; to make those unlikely connections and to be available to see what wants to emerge? And how do we find clarity and composure in the midst of ambiguity and uncertainty?


The answer lies in Mindfulness: a state of focused attention that is open, present, and non-judgmental. Mindfulness is a creativity superpower. It allows us to expand our awareness of all that is around us and within us, and it creates space in our usually overcrowded consciousness for new ideas to come in. Mindfulness is like a creativity welcome mat.

In this highly experiential and interactive workshop, we will explore the concept of Mindfulness, what it is, how it works, and some of the benefits and outcomes, for both individuals and organizations. We will practice a set of powerful Mindfulness tools and techniques, appropriate for both novices and experienced practitioners, and you will have the opportunity to use the skill of Mindfulness in a creative context. And as a bonus, participants will receive weekly follow-up exercises to keep them engaged in the practice and moving forward on their journey.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Participants will be able to:
    • Cut through the noise, and gain more clarity in all aspects of their lives. 
    • Navigate ambiguity, complexity, and change with more grace and ease.
    • Become less reactive, build resilience, and maintain greater levels of composure.


How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Participants will be able apply mindfulness to:
    • Creativity: Mindfulness helps create the space and time that lets creativity flourish.
    • Relationships: Mindfulness strengthens our capacity to connect at all levels, and it opens our hearts and minds to the beauty of a diverse world.
    • Ourselves: Mindfulness supports our ability to stay centered within ourselves, and connected to what matters most, even in turbulent times.


How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Learn how you can grow, evolve and become a better version of yourself in service of your team, organization or industry.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Paigen

Gina Paigen

Chief Impact Officer, ThirdWay Leadership
Gina facilitates programs, from 90 minutes to 18 months, for organizations around the country on a variety of topics, relating to leadership, creativity, mindfulness, and diversity & inclusion. Specifically, with regards to CPSI, she has been engaged with the community as both a participant... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - How I Learned to Be an Online Facilitator Overnight
We will review some of the lessons learned the hard way.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Thursday June 18, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Your Creative Wellness
We all want to be healthy, happy, and feel like our lives have meaning, but unfortunately, we often lose our way over the course of our lifetime. We may consistently put off our inner peace, joy, and contentment. We may fall in old habits that we have difficulty getting out of.
 
Jeremy and Will will demonstrate that the embracing of a creative lifestyle can have a positive impact on wellbeing, based on current research. They will also share the working hypothesis—that in the same way that creativity can be trained, so too, can wellbeing. They will share plans for future research that will hopefully validate this perspective.
 
Using experiential techniques such as guided art creation, ideation, implementation planning, and guided visualization, Jeremy and Will will help you to experience the benefits of creativity, flow, and relaxation, which are correlated with higher wellbeing. The intention is to create a workshop experience that catalyzes all participants to take their wellbeing into their own hands.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Learn about the statistically significant relationship between wellbeing and creativity.
  •  Experience how you can use your creative power to unlock your wellness.
  •  Generate their own ideas for how you can improve their wellbeing with creativity.
 
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  •  You will leave this session with your own ideas for how to embody creative behaviors and increase your wellbeing.
  •  You will be given an opportunity to experience relaxation, creativity, and flow, which can be used as reference points to refer back to when you are caught up in the chaos of life
  •  You will also leave with take home materials that will reinforce the key learning. 
 
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  •  You will be exposed to groundbreaking research regarding the important relationship of creativity and well-being.
  •  You will be guided through art creation and ideation which allows you to experience and plan for how to incorporate creative wellness into your lives.
  •  You will experience meditation and visualization to help allow space for conscious incubation. This way you can see and experience the wellbeing you wish to take forward in your lives.

Speakers
avatar for Will Fogarty

Will Fogarty

ICSC Master's Student, ICSC SUNY Buffalo State
Will attended CPSI in 2018 and 2019, where he first experienced and fell in love with CPS. It was at CPSI, in fact, that he met Dr. Puccio, and began his journey to the ICSC. He has professional experience in facilitating CPS sessions for clients in Buffalo, NY, with clients including... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Brewster

Jeremy Brewster

Director, Institute of Myanmar United
As an artist and a writer, Jeremy has used aspects of CPS unknowingly for most of his life. After receiving a formal education on such at Buffalo State, he now applies this newly refined super power through his nation building work in Southeast Asia. Jeremy is actively pursuing matching... Read More →



Thursday June 18, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Building the Dream Team with Cognitive Diversity Appreciation
Is your team’s productivity at a standstill due to personality clashes or cognitive differences amongst the team? Do you have great ideas, but are hesitant to share them with your team? Do you or members of your team struggle to feel valued for your diverse perspectives, or find it difficult to be your authentic self? Are you in a leadership role and eager to build a “Dream Team” of individuals who have amazing ideas, robust perspectives, and a vast collection of cognitive strengths that will help your organization increase productivity, ingenuity and overall create a safe and brave space for individuals to feel valued and appreciated within a team construct?

If your answer is “yes” to one or more of these questions, there are no worries!  This workshop is for you! Cognitive Diversity Appreciation or CDA is a theory that empowers individuals to cultivate an innovative and inclusive environment within their organizations and foster their ability to be creative change agents in our global society. CDA was also designed to educate participants on the effects of productivity, when individuals are encouraged to be their authentic selves, and share their unique perspectives while appreciating the different viewpoints of others within their team. Such goal setting promotes social justice within a team construct, ingenuity, and proficiency.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Participants will take part in workshop activities where participants will be able to obtain a working understanding of how to build their ideal organization “Build the Dream Team” using Cognitive Diversity Appreciation or CDA and identify their own unique cognitive strengths and how they can incorporate them within their organizations. 
  • Participants will acquire the creative tools necessary to cultivate an inclusive environment using CDA within their organizations where participants can exercise the BRAVE model in their organizations. 
  • Participants will be able to learn about FourSight’s cognitive profiles that helped develop Cognitive Diversity Appreciation Theory using the Teamwork Questionnaire.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • To educate participants on the effects of personality types and productivity among teams.
  • To  encourage and empower individuals to be their authentic selves, and share their unique perspectives while appreciating the viewpoints of others within their team. 
  • To promote organizational goal setting which  promotes growth, ingenuity, and proficiency within a team construct.
  
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Participants will be empowered through CDA to show their authentic self, express their creative and innovative personality, share their ideas, and perspectives with team members around them in their unique organizations.  
  • Participants will be able to apply CDA to identify their cognitive strengths, leadership ability, and creativity as it relates to their organization’s mission goals, or academic discipline.  
  • Participants will be able to apply CDA and the BRAVE Model through demonstrating the appreciation of diverse perspectives, ideas, and capabilities through simulated activities.

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 →


Thursday June 18, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

CPSI Game Night
Get your markers and post-its for a night of games with CPSI friends and colleagues.

Thursday June 18, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, June 19
 

9:00am EDT

Open, Curious, Listening : Practices for Leading In "Interesting Times"
As humans, individual leaders spend a lot of time believing that they are:
a) doing all they can (or are doing 'enough', or are 'meeting expectations');
b) already see the leadership challenges clearly; and
c) understand what they need to do. 
 
Beyond these biases of thinking and self perception, leaders also experience significant change/ innovation/creation challenges both conscious and unconscious to them.  The popular "change" press is littered with stories and statistics on leaders who couldn't change their own patterns, couldn't engage successfully, strategically, effectively around a needed, fundamental and organizationally critical change,while also describing how people who work with them DO see and know of leader shortcomings.
 
In this session, we'll explore some basic behavioral approaches, questions, "hacks" that will help you see yourself more clearly, engage with important others around you more effectively, and help you to set important priorities in service of greater, bigger, better outcomes.  

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Engage with other participants around individually and collectively important identity, performance and leadership questions.
  • Engage in these questions with disciplined and rigorous inquiry.
  • Through the presented material and engagement with others, create insight on biases, blind spots, gaps, and implicit assumptions.


How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Identify some habits/patterns -- for him/herself -- that each might wish to shift.
  • Build each participant's "tool box" of inquiry/ questions in working with others.
  • In practicing inquiry with others, create the experience of mindful listening for each participant. 

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Set a plan/ intention around one new habit/pattern to change -- with one person or in one situation - that will be valuable for the participant (and others).
  • Create a connection with another for follow up and practice, to keep the learning active after the session.
  • Identify one important priority outcome for focus and follow up.

Speakers
avatar for C. Evan Smith

C. Evan Smith

Principal, Metamorphosis Management Group, LLC
Evan is an engineer by training - and a humanist.  Graduating "top-3" in his engineering class at Penn State, he joined GE, where the "real schooling" on leadership began; practiced CPS as a "Total Quality" practitioner in his early corporate work - then completed a horizon-broadening... Read More →



Friday June 19, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Pop-Up Poetry
We will be reading and creating poetry.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Friday June 19, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Vision Lab: What You See Is What You Get
Whether you're reading this on your phone, or your laptop what you're looking at is a screen. Without looking up, how many different colors surround you? Now check to see how accurate you were. Next, think of how many notifications you have waiting, and the number of unread emails. Now, check those. Were you more aware of what was on your screen, than the color that surrounds you?
 
Notifications alert us to business-related responsibilities and social media-driven likes. They tell us what's important now. They also screen out the rest of what surrounds us. I've been thinking about how to counter the way our attention is pulled towards certain things and away from others. This session will explore labyrinth walking as a way to remember and pay attention to what's most important to us.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Participants will spend time reflecting. We'll talk about what we already do to live from a place where what we hold dear is more important than any notification.
  • We'll consider what gets in the way of finding and keeping perspective amid so much distraction--Covid-19 driven and otherwise--and share practices that help. 
  • We'll look at labyrinth walking as a resource that allows our intuitive and creative selves to remember what's most dear. The last 15 minutes of the session will be spent "walking" a finger labyrinth.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Walking a labyrinth supports our ability to be mindful and look at problems creatively.
  • Labyrinth walking is calming and can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Walking a labyrinth helps you redirect your energies so you can live a richer life.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • There are hundreds of labyrinths in the country, perhaps thousands throughout the world. Folks will leave with a working sense of how to use them to inspire change and renewal in their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Parker

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 19, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Saturday, June 20
 

10:00am EDT

Young Inventors Club: Morning Makerspace and Idea Lab
This event is designed for YouthWise participants, ages 8 to 13. 

In this session, participants will engage in design thinking and brainstorming activities with the goal of creating an invention by re-conceptualizing something that already exists in the world. Participants will engage in solving problems, taking risks, and communicating their ideas through the completion of hands-on invention activities.
 
MATERIALS FOR PARENTS: Be on the lookout for an email PDF  – please print the SCAMPER sheet and gather any necessary household items listed prior to the meeting.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
·         You will have fun by participating in experiential, hands-on activities
·         You will make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
·         You will brainstorm, take risks, and think up out new ideas—no matter how strange
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
·         Realize that there are inventions all around us—we can make more when we need them!
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
·         Learn how to be a creative problem solver
· Apply this way of thinking to other problems that you encounter in your life, your community, and the world

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 →


Saturday June 20, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

2:00pm EDT

Young Artists Club: Do You See What I See?
This event is designed for YouthWise participants, ages 8 to 13. 

In this session, participants will explore the effects of context and personal experience on our interpretation of the world around us. Through the creation of two different art pieces, participants will learn about the role that perception plays in the way we approach and perform a task, and the way that we evaluate our own success. Understanding how each individual sees the world through a unique lens can increase an individual’s ability to gain a wider, kinder viewpoint of both our own capabilities as well as the strength of contributions from those around us, be they family, peers, colleagues, teachers or employers. Choosing to acknowledge and control your own lens both literally and figuratively expands your horizons! And then, as they say, the sky’s the limit!

PARENTS: Be on the lookout for an email pdf – please cut out and store these collage pieces until required.

To be sourced by participant prior to session:
Activity A:
 Blank paper 8.5” x 11” or larger
 Glue stick
 Scissors
 Sealed envelope of collage pieces cut by a parent prior to workshop

Activity B:
 Art canvas 10”x10” - A wood panel or really thick paper could also work in a pinch.
 Baking sheet with raised edges. Cover in tin foil or plastic wrap for easier clean up!
 Acrylic paint, 3 to 5 colours
 3-5 cups, mugs or other containers – one for each paint colour.
 Craft glue – Clear glue is preferable but white is also fine.
 Dust pan – A pie plate cut in half could also work.
 3-5 Stir sticks
 Paper towels for clean up



Speakers
JZ

Janet Zanutto

Art Therapy and Community Development
Janet attended CPSI as a Spingboard for Educators participant for one year and as a Youthwise program facilitator for three years. Her daughters are both past CPSI YouthWise participants and her oldest daughter was also a junior wing. She grew up in an educational context that embraced... Read More →



Saturday June 20, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Monday, June 22
 

9:00am EDT

The Life Changing Power of Curiosity
Follow your curiosity to create foreseeable and unimaginable possibilities for yourself and others!

This interactive online session is based on Van's recent TEDx Talk, recalling a personal family story of how following curiosity in a refugee camp created an unimaginable future for her family and thousands of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants over the last four decades.   Using interactive tools, we will bring to surface something you have been curious about, but maybe have pushed aside because of challenges, fear of failure, or fear of success! We will then walk through the framework of “following curiosity,” “asking what if?,” and taking small steps towards that curiosity to create possibilities -- even possibilities we cannot see!

We will conclude by creating an ARTifact to represent the wildest possibility that can be imagined if you choose to follow your curiosity.

Please bring the following supplies to this session:
  • White paper or art paper (3-4 sheets)
  • Pen
  • Colored pencils, crayons, or markers

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • A simple framework for recognizing your curiosities, and following them, without overwhelm.
  • An opportunity to use your imagination in a hands on art project.
  • A short lesson in the power of taking small steps towards a goal with reference to the neuroscience behind small steps. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • We often ignore our curiosities. This session will give you a tool to take pause before you dismiss an idea or curiosity. 
  • For those who get easily overwhelmed, the lesson of taking small steps will give you a new lens on how to look at projects. 
  • Creating the mindset of possibility, and the ripple effect that following our curiosity could lead to.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • This can be applied to daily life.
  • The formula can be passed on to others.
  • Facilitators can utilize some of our tools in their own work.

Watch Van's TEDx Talk Here:  https://bit.ly/LifeChangingPowerofCuriosity

Speakers
avatar for Van Lai-Dumone

Van Lai-Dumone

Founder & Creative Culture Strategist, Worksmart Advantage, LLC
Van attended CPSI in 2017 and has been facilitating team development and leadership training workshops for 15 years. She founded her company worksmart 4 years ago with the vision of bringing creativity and creative tools into corporate training. She’s a collaborator who enjoys meeting... Read More →
avatar for Marika Escaravage

Marika Escaravage

Coach, Trainer, Facilitator & Advisor to Changemakers, Creative Capacity
Over the years, Marika’s passion for connecting people and ideas for a cause has led her to work in international cooperation, marketing communications, corporate training and as a facilitator and coach. She attended her first CPSI in 2017 (where she met her co-presenter Van!) and... Read More →



Monday June 22, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Drawing Conclusions
We will be actually drawing conclusions.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Monday June 22, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Vision: How to Create a Creativity Movement
Change is beautiful. Change is not easy. Changing your organization to adopt Creative Problem Solving or just a different approach to problem solving is possible and it starts with you. Learn how to create a movement to catalyze change in your organization or network by mobilizing people around a shared purpose. Big change starts small, and lasting change is within your reach.
 
Deborah Madelaine and Reid Rousseau from the User Centricity team at Mars will guide you through starting your own movement. In just 24 months, the UC team at Mars has created a movement of 14,000 Mars Associates that promote user centricity and Creative Problem Solving. You’ll learn how to mobilize people, take action with small and tangible progress and redesign the conditions that support the change in your organization.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Understand the difference between a mandate for change and a movement.
  • Learn how to mobilize people and how to frame your change in a way that resonates.
  • Learn how to show tangible progress and grow change. 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Have a better understanding of how you can be a change agent.
  • Have practical tools to introduce Creative Problem Solving in your organization after CPSI.
  • Understand how human centered design and creative problem solving can be used to design change.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
Together we will:
  • As pre-work: Frame your change in a compelling way to start a coalition of allies.
  • During the session: Prototype a quick win/symbol of change to show tangible progress.
  • After the session: test your prototype and write the story of it to spread the word and rally more people.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Madelaine

Deborah Madelaine

Global Community Builder, Mars
A part of the CPSI community on and off since 2007, Deborah has completed Springboard, facilitates CPS and teaches CPS. She has facilitated a number of CPS workshops in her companies (Nestle and Mars) for the last 13 years. She has previously presented 2 Spark workshops at CPSI in... Read More →
avatar for Reid Rousseau

Reid Rousseau

User Centricity Program Manager, Mars
A core part of Reid’s role in the last 5 years has been to facilitate creative problem solving workshops with his company’s “end users” at the core for clients across industries and most recently Mars Inc. brands around the world such as Mars Wrigley, Royal Canin, and Seeds... Read More →



Monday June 22, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

YouthWise Teen Hangout
This event is designed for YouthWise participants, ages 13 and older. 

Join other teens in a moderated chat to check in, plan your week at CPSI, play some games, and get to know one another

Speakers
avatar for Najja Bouldin

Najja Bouldin

Phoenix Innovation Group
Clients will notice right away that Najja is a people person who listens intently and enjoys engaging with them. He is a facilitator driven by curiosity and the belief in the capacity of every person to achieve their fullest potential. Workshop participants appreciate how he tunes... Read More →


Monday June 22, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Tuesday, June 23
 

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Mindfulness
Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Tuesday June 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Creating A Vision For Sustainability: How To Leverage The Creative Process To Create A Sustainable Organization
The business landscape is changing, and companies that will succeed are those that make a positive contribution -- driven by authentic, deep-rooted purpose. This session will guide you through the creative process of defining your purpose, be it environmental or social, to work towards a humanity-centered future.

You will:
  • Explore what companies like Unilever, LEGO education, Scope and Ocean Cleanup are doing to forward the sustainability mission.
  • Learn how to utilize the creative process to visualize, prototype, and refine your own sustainability initiatives.
  • And finally, analyze the business value of your sustainability initiative and objectively define its goals
PLEASE watch these videos before the start of the session.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf9ZhU7zF8s
https://vimeo.com/371930219/3327f3f8b1

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • How the world & business is shifting towards being more responsible, transparent, and purpose driven, and how that may positively influence you and your organization.
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • By understanding key issues at hand in the social & environmental sectors, what others are doing towards solving some of these issues, and becoming a catalyst of change in chosen areas.
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • By understanding key issues at hand in the social & environmental sectors, what others are doing towards solving some of these issues, and becoming a catalyst of change in chosen areas.


Speakers
avatar for Jay Peters

Jay Peters

Managing Director, PARK USA
Jay has had the pleasure to present to a very diverse group of professionals eager to learn and contribute to the workshop discussions, helping to bring more insights to the topic(s) at hand.He has had the opportunity to work in over 12 countries helping some of the world’s largest... Read More →



Tuesday June 23, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Feeding the Future: Food Security and CPS
Food insecurity is prevalent and is only expected to get worse due to the effects of climate change.  If we are to use CPS to help alleviate food insecurity, data must be gathered from a diverse set of perspectives.  By using simulations, we can gain new perspectives and be better prepared to formulate challenges and discover these crucial solutions.  Each person will be given a 1-acre plot – represented with paper cut outs – with the vision of feeding 500 children.  

What will your challenge statement be?  How can you turn resistors into assisters in order to succeed?  A mindset of deliberate creativity will be crucial to success.  Prepare to leave with the insights of a new perspective and fresh ideas on how you can be a part of the solution for food insecurity.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Participants will learn about farming and our food supply.
  • Participants will learn what can affect the strengths and weaknesses of a food system.
  • Participants will explore how small-scale farming can help during times of tribulation.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Participants will gain more understanding and for a respect of how food is produced.
  • Participants will look at the food they consume in a light of higher empathy.
  • Participants will consider how they are a part of agricultural solutions and better systems.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Participants will have new skills for researching what they may be able to grow or raise in their home environment and what challenges they may face.
  • Participants will be more informed as to the possible pro’s and con’s of producing the products they are choosing to buy.
  • Participants will be empowered to talk to and ask more informed questions of local food producers.
  • Participants will have more data and solutions should their community experience a sudden food shortage.

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 →



Tuesday June 23, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, June 24
 

9:00am EDT

How Might I “Re-open” After the Quarantine? (A Collaborative Journey on Mural)
Note: This session will open at 8:45 AM EDT and will be open to the first 25 people who arrive in the Zoom meeting. 

Join us on Mural, a collaborative digital platform, to distill our personal and collective insights and imagine new opportunities as we start to come out of COVID.

Like a fairy tale, we will take an imaginative visual journey, pausing at 5 guide posts: The Globe, The Cottage, The Fire, The Satchel and finally, emerging through The Re-opening. At each stop, there will be questions and activities that invite personal and collective reflection. We will use design tools to make sense of our experiences during this crazy, unprecedented time. 

The Globe: We will all look back on these months and say it was a time when…
The Cottage: Some of my personal bright spots during this time were…
The Fire: One thing I am happy to leave behind and burn in the fire is…
The Satchel: The things I want to carry with me post quarantine are...
The Re-opening: My opportunity is…

What will you learn or experience as a result of this session?
  • You will experience how to collaborate digitally in an engaging visual way.
  • You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own quarantine experience and appreciate the experience of others.
  • You will walk away with a “how might I…” to guide your personal re-opening.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • This session will help you reflect on what you learned during the quarantine, what you want to toss into the fire, what you will carry with you.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might discover some silver linings of the quarantine and how to carry them forward
  • You might decide that digital collaboration can be equally imaginative and fun as face-to-face.

Pre-work for the session:
We will be using Mural so please familiarize yourself with the program before the session. 
1. Visit our Welcome to the Reopening activity before the session to learn the Mural basics and meet other participants.
https://app.mural.co/t/wishfulthinking/m/wishfulthinking/1592503842485/66bd18f8fee51a61093337635fdab8074f7a2694
 
2. In addition, here’s a short video that will review all you need to know —  how to move around the Mural canvas and zoom in and out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uds8lsv-CEQ&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3&t=11s
Note that Mural works best with Chrome on a computer or laptop. Tuning in with a phone is not recommended.












Speakers
avatar for Sari Gluckin

Sari Gluckin

Founder, Wishful Thinking
Sari brings a deep background as designer, MBA and integral coach. As the founder of Wishful Thinking, she leads innovation projects and hands-on workshops for diverse clients from small non-profits to multinational companies. She is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of Design... Read More →


Wednesday June 24, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Virtual Ice Breakers
We will be playing with virtual ice breakers and activities.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Wednesday June 24, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Envisioning a Successful Transition
In our constantly changing world, we go through many transitions over a course of 5 years. Job changes. Life changes. Relationship changes. Family changes. This list could go on and on, especially during the Corona virus pandemic.

A while back, William Bridges came up with a model to help individuals and organizations to help people with change. In this session, we will look at the Bridges model of Endings, Transition, and New Beginning and explore creativity tools that can help us with each of the stages. We will consider the model in light of personal changes (rather than team or organizational changes).

During the session, we will explore the model and then identify a part of our life where change is currently happening. We will talk about and apply creativity tools to help us “manage” these changes with sensitivity and effectiveness.

Personal changes might include such situations as:
  • Having a newborn in the house
  • Moving to a new location
  • Retiring
  • Working remotely
  • Finding a new job
  • Losing your job
  • Anything else that represents change for you during this pandemic


What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • To explore a change model for personal change
  • To discover creativity tools that will help explore the change model
  • To use the change model with a change occurring in your personal life

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Intersecting the Change Model with Creativity tools will help you envision ways to change in a positive, productive way
  • Realizing that this change model and creativity tools can be used in any facet of your personal life
  • Show how creativity tools can really become life tools that can be used daily

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Practice will show how the model and creativity tools can be used whenever change occurs in life, especially during this pandemic crisis
  • An easy model for understanding change that can be applied in powerful ways on personal situations
  • Applying creativity tools to personal change

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 →



Wednesday June 24, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Unpack Your Inheritance
Join Mallory Combemale, Co-Founder of Inheritance Project for a 60-min exploration of your identity, heritage personal history. We will begin to unpack your unique inheritance, peel back the layers of beliefs that make you who you are and explore how this shapes the way you approach creative problem solving and collaboration. Start your journey of self-discovery with our free online workbook: http:;//www.inheritanceproject.org/workbook.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Explore how your personal history and ancestry affects the way you collaborate, create and solve problems 
  • Understand why unpacking the unique inheritance of your collaborators is so essential to effective creative problem solving
  • Experience exercises that empower authentic conversations across lines of difference 
  • Feel empowered to collaborate with diverse teams with confidence 

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • We live and work in more diverse environments than ever before, and yet are more divided than ever. Afraid of offending, we avoid potentially challenging conversations with those from different backgrounds, evade conflict and allow negative dynamics to fester unaddressed, and miss out on opportunities to learn, connect and grow. We hope you will leave with increased curiosity about your unique inheritance story and that of those you work with, as well as practical tools to approach conversations about diversity, inclusion, identity and build trust with any group 

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • The Inheritance Project models an approach to genuine trust building in diverse groups, which can be used by any leader or CPS facilitator to enhance collaboration in a group  

About Mallory & Inheritance Project
Mallory is a Co-Founder of Inheritance Project, which helps communities bridge divides, build trust and communicate openly.  Our experiences encourage individual self-reflection and empower people to become the authors of their own story.  Inheritance Project is founded on the principle that in order to consciously create our future, we first have to understand our past.  Mallory is a Core Faculty Member at CPSI, teaching Tools & Techniques and worked for 5 years as a facilitator at the Deloitte Greenhouse, specializing in sessions on executive strategy, innovation and leadership team effectiveness. She has experience in ethnographic research, participatory design and multi-stakeholder engagement. As a Singaporean-French-American citizen raised in London, Mallory has always been fascinated with heritage, identity, cross-cultural understanding and how to facilitate diverse groups to find common ground and shared solutions.

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 →


Wednesday June 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, June 25
 

9:00am EDT

Exploring the Agile Mindset
Organizations increasingly see self-directed teams as a strategic differentiator and their most important resource for developing sustained innovation. In a global environment characterized by hyper-competition, complexity, ambiguity, and volatility, organizational leaders are called upon to be facilitators of change, beginning with their teams. Organizations are best positioned to innovate when leaders and teams learn how to cultivate and maximize their diversity of thinking, which requires insight into individual creative motivation and expression.

This immersive workshop examines the relationship between the Creative Problem Solving preferences of clarification, ideation, development, and implementation, the Social Style behaviors of assertiveness, responsiveness, and versatility, and the principles of organizational agility. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • We will deep dive into recent research on the linkage between thinking style and behavioral styles. 
  • You will discover a radical new way to build agile teams.
  • You will learn how your team’s natural creative rhythm and flow can be enhanced by properly flexing communication styles during the collaborative process.
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You will come away with a richer understanding of your creative preferences and those of your team, and how those preferences  influence people’s communication styles -- for better or worse
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You will leave with a cheat sheet of behavioral and communication “tells” to interpret positive and toxic conflict in the wild.

Note: This session will be using Mural. Check out our practice Mural board ahead of the session to be ready to participate! https://bit.ly/CPSIMural

We also encourage all interested attendees to familiarize themselves with Mural before the session. Here are two 2-minute tutorials worth watching.

Navigating a mural
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uds8lsv-CEQ&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3&t=0s

Adding content to mural
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Speakers
avatar for Michael Ackerbauer

Michael Ackerbauer

Business Transformation Leader, IBM
Macker is an innovation and change leadership thought partner for organizations large and small. Macker specializes in making complex concepts easy to understand and simple to apply for maximum creative capability. Macker makes organizations better by helping their teams abandon... Read More →



Thursday June 25, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Brain Teasers
We will wake up our brains with these brain teasers.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Thursday June 25, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

The 7 Habits of Highly Insightful People
What do the most successful, persuasive and creative people around the world have in common?  Insightfulness: the ability to grasp the hidden nature of people, process and problems via intense curiosity, honed intuition, powerful questions, and the endangered art of listening.  

Insights are the human inspiration for creativity and ideas. But what is an insight? And how can we discover more of them as an individual or as an organization?

Please come to this session prepared with the accompanying handout of all seven habits to follow along, print, keep on your person at all times in the event of an insights emergency. There is also a pre-worksheet for you to review. 

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • How an insight is different from a fact.
  • Why insights are so critical to the strategy and creative process.
  • The seven simple “habits” to help you instantly become more insightful.


How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • They will dig deeper in their work from asking what people are doing to why they are doing it.
  • They will have a simple insight vs. fact test to use in any situation.
  • They will get a better sense of their insight habit preferences.


How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • In the fact finding phase of CPS.
  • In empathy phase of Design Thinking. 
  • In their personal and professional relationships for deeper connections.

Speakers
avatar for Cherri Prince

Cherri Prince

EVP, Head of Growth, Seed Strategy Inc.
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 →
avatar for Corey Beilstein

Corey Beilstein

SVP, Head of Human Behavior and Design, Seed Strategy
Corey is a CPS "sophomore." Last year was terrific. He learned so much that he applies to his roles as a facilitator, emcee, and moderator. In those roles, Corey constantly challenges himself to strive for clarity and draw the best insights from the groups he leads. He loves that... Read More →



Thursday June 25, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

What? I am Listening!
Hearing is only one part of listening. In this active experience participants will practice going beyond words and tuning into what someone means. Through silly trust-building, anti-listening and application of true connection we will engage in practice to help us all listen with our whole self. 

The technique focused on in this session is motivational interviewing (MI), an evidence-based communication skill that helps evoke intrinsic motivation. Using MI can effectively support communication by encouraging a deeper understanding of one’s views and ideas for change. In this session everyone will learn about what MI is, how we can use it to successfully listen and support others in making positive change possible.


What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Define motivational interviewing.
  • Explore successful listening.
  • Experience aspects of motivational interviewing that can improve listening.

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Participants will be able to identify when they are NOT using successful listening skills.
  • Participants will be able to compare emotional exchange when using skills of MI versus when using other styles of communication.
  • Participants will identify self-perceptions of others and examine internal judgements that may get in the way of positive communication.


How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Participants will be able to apply attributes of MI in future conversations when discussing change.
  • Participants will be able to set intentions for methods used in challenging conversations.
  • Participants will be able to seek additional areas of development to strengthen listening skills.

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 →


Thursday June 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

Creating A Magical Vision: Magic Tricks That Even You Can Do
This session will explore the relationship between magic and the vision and re-vision of creativity.  Magic exemplifies how the perception or vision of an event or experience is frequently different than anticipated and varies from person to person.  We will offer you an opportunity to begin a journey into an interesting and challenging pursuit.  The session will be structured to insure your success in performing several magic tricks that require minimal skill and practice.  Following this program you should be able to begin amazing friends and family members.  

Please come to this session prepared with the following: 
A deck of cards, preferably one with a picture or pattern on the backs
A 3-foot (approximately) piece of rope or thick yarn
2 medium sized rubber bands - preferably different colors
A small juice glass
A handkerchief
A cloth napkin or small towel.

Participants will:
  • Learn five to ten magic tricks that can be applied in a variety of learning, teaching and social settings.
  • Explore the relationship between magic and creativity.
  • Examine magic as it relates to the concepts of creative vision and re-vision,
  • Have an opportunity to practice several magic tricks.
  • Review guidelines for performing magic.
  • Have fun.

Speakers
avatar for R. Bruce Baum

R. Bruce Baum

Member, International Brotherhood of Magicians and Ring 12
Dr. Baum has been a leader at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute for over 40 years only missing a few years due to illness.  He was a leader of Springboard Programs at CPSI for over 20 years and has facilitated Extending Programs on a variety of topics.  As a professor... Read More →


Thursday June 25, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, June 26
 

11:00am EDT

Coffee Break - Making Reflections
We will be exploring what topics, themes, and insights really got your attention - and what you'll each plan to do in taking a next step.

Take a few minutes to connect and socialize with CPSI friends and colleagues - new prompts and activities every day!

Friday June 26, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Stop Playing Small. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU.
In the blink of an eye our world has changed and we need leaders now more than ever. As you step boldly into this brave new world, how will you lead and for whom? What makes a great leader, and what uniquely makes YOU a great leader? We are continually impacting those around us, whether we realize it or not. What impact will you make and how might you be more deliberate about it?

During this interactive workshop, you’ll enVISION the leader you want to be and what it will take for you to begin your journey toward successful leadership.
 
What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • Explore different levels of leadership (Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Organization)
  • Reflect upon your past, present and future leadership journey 
  • Understand your unique strengths and available resources
 
How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • Gain awareness around how you are “showing up” as a leader
  • Identify potential blind spots that are holding you back
  • Prioritize your strategic goals and put a plan in place to pave the way for success
 
How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • Learn how you can grow, evolve and become a better version of yourself in service of your team, organization or industry.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Newhouse

Susan Newhouse

Principal, Susan Newhouse & Associates
With 20 years of experience working with individuals and teams, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Susan has facilitated a wide range of approaches to help clients develop innovative solutions grounded in strategic insights. She designs a collaborative, engaging and inclusive... Read More →



Friday June 26, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

CPSI Closing Celebration
Recap your time at CPSI 2020 reVISION and see what your future has in store.

Friday June 26, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
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