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JUNE 19-24, 2018 • UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO NORTH CAMPUS • BUFFALO, NEW YORK, USA
PRESENTED BY: Creative Education Foundation • Journal of Creative Behavior 

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Wednesday, June 20
 

8:30am

SP01 One-Day CPS: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving
Wondering how to jumpstart your innovative thinking? Try One-Day CPS. It introduces key concepts for exploring the context, understanding your problem, and creating solutions. It helps you develop a framework so you can be more mindful when producing and evaluating ideas for your own challenges. Explore the distinctions between creative and critical thinking and how to apply them appropriately during a Creative Problem Solving process. Learn how to expand your options before applying parameters. Be positive in selecting solutions. Collaborate with others in an engaging environment, including varied and diverse perspectives to strengthen ideas. This workshop will help you:
* Assess challenges needing creative solutions.
* Examine problems from multiple perspectives.
* More consistently stretch your thinking.
* Be more purposefully innovative in solving your own real-world challenges.
* Understand your Creative Problem Solving strengths and how to effectively work with others.
* Discover the fun in seeking solutions to thorny challenges.
NOTE: This one-day workshop on the Creative Problem Solving process is introductory and is not a substitute or accelerated version of the three-day Springboard to Creative Problem Solving.

NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Suzanne Chamberlain

Suzanne Chamberlain

Senior Director, UB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships, University at Buffalo
A communicator for more than 30 years, Suzanne Chamberlain has been an on-air television reporter/anchor, marketer and public relations executive. Currently a senior director at the University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, she has nurtured... Read More →
avatar for William Shephard

William Shephard

Vice President of Group Services, Creative Problem Solving Group
William Shephard is the vice president of group services at the Creative Problem Solving Group. He is responsible for designing and conducting facilitation and training projects with a wide variety of client organizations with experience in international and multi-cultural settings... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner B116

8:30am

SP02 Step into LEGO Serious Play Methods and Materials
Are you looking for new tools to help people innovate? This workshop is hard fun and could be just what you need. This is a facilitated thinking and communications technique, which draws on extensive research from the fields of business, organization development, psychology and learning. Using hand-brain knowledge, this 3D process helps teams surface information, explore ideas, create better options, develop deeper knowledge and identify solutions faster with 100% engagement. You will both experience the flow of being a client, and also debrief from a facilitator's perspective. We’ll start with a brief introduction and then get hands on with the bricks. After individual skill building, we’ll move to individual model building and then an innovation mining game. You will learn how to:
  • Add LEGO bricks and directives to your workshops to improve engagement.
  • Apply a five-step process to improve communication.
  • Identify when LEGO Serious Play can be most useful.
  • Supplement your creative program.
  • Avoid conversational roundabouts.
  • Use flow theory and underlying neuroscience principles that make this so powerful and memorable.
  • Facilitate and explore ideas on a deeper level using this fun tool.
NOTE: This workshop counts toward full certification in LEGO Serious Play. SPACE IS LIMITED SO BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Lloyd Smith

Jacqueline Lloyd Smith

Playologist, Strategic Play Group
For years, Jacqueline Lloyd Smith worked as a licensed partner with the LEGO Group in Denmark, where she was trained and then became a trainer for the company in the method LEGO SERIOUS PLAY (LSP). In 2007, she received the partner business growth award from the LEGO Group's Play... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Walling

Stephen Walling

Playologist, Strategic Play
Stephen Walling is a connector and a natural-born team builder and problem solver. He is a graduate of Royal Roads University in executive coaching and holds certifications in project management and agile project management. He is certified and licensed as a Strategic Play facilitator... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner B118

8:30am

SP03 Behavioral Innovation: Overcoming Cognitive Biases to Ignite Creative Thinking
Cognitive biases are mental shortcuts that, through the process of human evolution, have become hard-wired into our brains – and are particularly detrimental to innovation. We all have them – and with every situation we face, we are subject to their influence. In this workshop, you'll discover the cognitive biases that most inhibit innovation and learn how to overcome them. Explore each of the top eight innovation-inhibiting cognitive biases and apply tools to address each bias so that your innovation processes lead to higher-quality outcomes. You will engage in each of the eight cognitive biases to:
  • Experience the bias via a carefully curated exercise.
  • Learn how the bias works, including the psychology behind it.
  • Learn and practice a tool to overcome the bias.
  • Explore and identify when and how each bias can appear in team work. 
NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Adam Hansen

Adam Hansen

VP Innovation, ideas to go
Adam Hansen is a career-long innovation leader, student and devotee. He is the vice president of innovation at Ideas To Go, co-author of the book Outsmart Your Instincts: How The Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward, and host of the Outsmart Your Instincts podcast... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner LG3

8:30am

SP05 Physical Listening : A Kinetic Experience in Creative Thinking
Discover strategies for entering kinetic dialogue with others – with specific focus on our relatively untapped capacity for observing, attending and responding to our environment and other moving bodies. Engage in exploration processes used by groups ranging from Naval War College engineers to actors, dancers and athletes. Explore visual, tactile and auditory approaches to noticing and responding. We begin simple with attending and observing, then progress to strategic decision-making working solo, in duets, and eventually in groups. This approach nudges aside assumptions, accesses unexpected choices, and asks us to consider our accountability for making choices. We explore the politics of choice-making as creative individuals. You will:
  • Engage in a process of personal discovery about creativity, communication and decision making.
  • Gain new skill sets and strategies that will enhance your creativity.
  • Engage in evocative dialogue and reflection.
  • Apply the concepts inside the workshop context.
Movers of all ages and abilities are welcome.

NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for JoAnna Mendl Shaw

JoAnna Mendl Shaw

Choroegrapher, Dance Educator and Artistic Director, The Equus Projects
JoAnna Mendl Shaw is a choreographer who has been making works for stage and for rural and urban landscapes since the 1980s. She is the artistic director of The Equus Projects, a dance company known for its site-specific performance works that often bring dancers and horses into shared... Read More →
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The Equus Projects Team

The Equus Projects


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
KCT

8:30am

SP06 Crossing The Streams: Introducing Creative Problem Solving to Agile and Design Thinking
In business, being agile is everything. And in business "agile" is an even bigger buzz word than "design thinking." But can the two co-exist? And where do creativity and innovation come in? A more in-depth exploration of these two frameworks proves each relies upon Creative Problem Solving as its foundation. Research in IBM’s Design Language also shows profound affinity with the Breakthrough Thinking model, providing a synergistic effect for practitioners of both. Separately each discipline offers a framework, methodology, practices, and tools. When brought together agile, design thinking and Creative Problem Solving form a template for radical innovation. At the end of this session, you will:
  • Have a firm grasp of the design thinking and agile frameworks, and how they are relevant and applicable to your organization.
  • Learn how to apply the IBM Design Language and principles of agile in context to your work to supplement doing the right work by doing the work right.
  • Explore how to integrate both with the Breakthrough Thinking model.
  • Leave armed with cutting-edge tools, techniques, and modern practices to build your very own innovation pipeline.
NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Michael Ackerbauer

Michael Ackerbauer

Whole Team Evangelist, IBM
Michael Ackerbauer is the whtle team evangelist for IBM CIO, where he links teams to exceptional tools and practices for extraordinary outcomes for their customers. His organization's mission is to cultivate a culture of servant leadership and self-directed teams. In that capacity... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
The Hub

8:30am

SP07 Creativity and Social Change: Using the Force for Good
We are living in unprecedented times. Despite being more interconnected than ever in history, we are becoming increasingly polarized in our belief systems. Yet regardless of where we stand ideologically, we can almost all agree that the extent to which human beings (and indeed all creatures great and small) are suffering, is unacceptable. In keeping with the theme of our opening keynote, join us to explore how we, in the creative community, can use this remarkable resource we call Creative Problem Solving to help address some of the pressing social, environmental and political challenges in the world today. In this workshop, we will explore:
  • How we might bring more diverse voices into the creativity community to insure we are in conversation with those who may have traditionally been marginalized, and who can help guide us in our efforts to be responsive, responsible allies.
  • What opportunities may be in front of each of us – whether it’s a small shift in how we show up at work every day or finding places we can use our creative skills to support social change initiatives.
  • Some of the significant issues facing our world today and tap the talent in the room to explore creative solutions. 
Although this workshop will be solution-focused, our primary objective is to open the conversation about how this community of innovators can begin to be the change we want to see in the world. In place of learning objectives, three key questions will be explored:
  1. How might we actively expand the diversity within the creativity community?
  2. Where might we begin, in our own lives and work, to be part of the solution and bring about meaningful change?
  3. How might we use Creative Problem Solving to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face in the world today?
NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Gina Paigen

Gina Paigen

Chief Impact Officer, ThirdWay Leadership
Gina Paigen is a professional coach, facilitator, leadership consultant and culture-building specialist. She is passionate about guiding individuals and organizations to a deeper sense of purpose, and to higher levels of creativity, engagement and inspired action. Paigen brings a... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Mildred Blake Center

8:30am

SP08 Stormz: Taking CPS Facilitation Online
You've gone digital for communicating, calculating, planning and playing. But when it comes to facilitating Creative ProblemSolving, you still use Post-its and flip chart paper? Good news! Things have changed. Stormz is a digital application, used by facilitators around the world, which allows you to engage online and in-person groups in collaborative sessions using CPS tools and techniques (word dancing, brainstorming, forced connections, PPCO and many others). This workshop is designed for experienced CPS facilitators. The focus is not on CPS tools and techniques, nor on facilitation, but on how to use Stormz to facilitate CPS sessions that integrate the process and tools you already use. This workshop is ideal for practitioners experiencing flip chart and Post-it fatigue. You will learn how to:
  • Work with groups in multiple locations.
  • Create greater collaboration and engagement when leading large groups.
  • Leverage new technology to support the CPS process.

NOTE: This workshop counts toward full certification in Stormz, available online for free. You can set up an account and use with 3 additional people at no cost. This workshop is valuable whether or not you choose to become certified.

NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Alexandre Eisenchteter

Alexandre Eisenchteter

Co-Founder, Stormz
Alexandre Eisenchteter co-founded Stormz in 2012. The startup created a digital application used by facilitators around the world to facilitate meetings, training sessions, and events. As Stormz lead facilitator, Eisenchteter has designed and facilitated hundreds of meetings, ranging... Read More →
avatar for Mary Ellyn Vicksta

Mary Ellyn Vicksta

Chief Practitioner, Vicksta Innovative Practices
Mary Ellyn Vicksta fell in love with photography when her aunt and uncle took family pictures when she was a mere child. While others griped about posing for those family moments, Vicksta was intriqued by what is possible with photos. Fast forward to the 21st century and she continue... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Porter Study Lounge

8:30am

SP09 Master the Inside Moves of CPS Facilitation
Do you want to make your facilitation sessions smooth and seamless? Do you sometimes miss the transitions in the Creative Problem Solving process? Are you stressed out before your facilitation session, anxious as you are working through it and exhausted when you are finished? In this highly interactive workshop, you will:
  • Learn to confidently move through the CPS process so that you can consistently produce breakthroughs for your clients.
  • Improve your skills at facilitating the CPS process.
  • Become more at ease in your facilitation sessions.
  • Experience, practice and explore the “inside moves” that make the CPS process flow smoothly and effectively.
This session assumes previous exposure to the CPS process and is not meant to introduce participants to the process. Please bring your facilitation challenges and issues with you.

NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Roger Firestien

Roger Firestien

Senior Faculty- International Center for Studies in Creativity SUNY Buffalo, International Center for Studies in Creativity
Roger Firestien has taught more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world. By applying Roger’s work in creativity, 1) Clorox solved a 77-year-old problem in 15 minutes, 2) General Motors came up with a $1.50 solution that saved the company $50,000 a week... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner LG4

8:30am

SP10 Starlight: Empowering Educators to Fuse Creativity into Every Aspect of Teaching
More than 60 years of academic research has produced a large volume of evidence on the development of creative thinking skills. However, educators often struggle to integrate this knowledge into their teaching because they lack simple, practical models. The Starlight Model solves this problem by giving clear guidance on how to bring creativity into every aspect of the educational process. You will:
  • Appreciate creativity as a multifaceted phenomenon, and why it is essential in 21st-century education.
  • Be able to incorporate creative thinking skills into your teaching.
  • Understand what constitutes a psychological environment that supports the development of creative thinking skills.
NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Cyndi Burnett

Cyndi Burnett

Associate Professor, International Center for Studies at Creativity
Cyndi Burnett has a bachelor of fine arts in theater, a master's of science in creativity, and a doctorate of education in curriculum, teaching and learning – all of which she uses to help “ignite creativity around the world.” Her research interests include: the use of creative... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner B120

8:30am

SP11 CPS Meets Sci-Fi: Using CPS to Solve Future Problems
CHALLENGE: In 2043, the first known case of a crime involving robots took place when three anthropomorphic robots robbed a suburban bank of more than $300,000. This incident was just the start of the robotic crime wave that has followed. Law enforcement officials need your help. Explore the causes and effects of using robotic technology for criminal activity. Select an underlying problem that would make a significant difference if it could be solved, and then brainstorm solutions to solve it. Founded in 1974 by Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSI) involves identifying problems in futuristic scenarios like the one above, which you then solve by developing a vision for the future. In this workshop, you will:
* Learn the FPS method.
* Practice it with a prior year’s future scenario.
* Discover why creative thinking can help you plan for an anticipate the future.
* Explore how you can incorporate FPS elements into your organization’s Creative Problem Solving work, your school’s curriculum, and/or your personal problem solving work. NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Kirstin McEachern

Kirstin McEachern

Curriculum & Instruction Director, The Summit Country Day School
Kirstin McEachern is curriculum and instruction director at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role, she oversees development of K-12 curriculum across subject areas. Most recently, she has been developing the Creative Problem Solving curriculum initiative... Read More →
avatar for Brendan McEachern

Brendan McEachern

English Language Arts Teacher, The Summit Country Day School
Brendan McEachern is the sixth-grade language arts teacher at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He shifted from the entertainment industry to education and has been teaching in the middle-school setting for almost 15 years. He has created and oversees a grades four-to-six... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner LG6

8:30am

SP12 Ignite and Release Your Immunity to Change
Developmentally sensitive coaching and teaching strengthen our capacities to embrace the challenges of leadership and provide support for those we lead. Immunity to Change (ITC) is a powerful, learning-oriented approach for unleashing the potential of individuals, organizations and communities, and is a complement to the Creative Problem Solving process. You will work on getting better at something that is important to you, by engaging with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey's ITC process. Do you have a personal improvement goal that has proven resistant to your sincerest intentions, smartest plans, and best efforts? Did you make a New Year's resolution for 2018 that hasn't quite come to pass? Move toward taking action to change your life in a meaningful way. You will:
  • Learn the Immunity to Change (ITC) process.
  • Distinguish technical and adaptive challenges.
  • Identify a personal improvement goal that has proven resistant to change, competing commitments, and big assumptions.
  • Apply the ITC Mapping process to begin closing the gap between good intentions and behaviors.
  • Explore how the ITC Coaching Arc can help you overcome your immunity.
  • Explore how to extend the ITC process and developmental theory to teams and organizations.
NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Diane Foucar-Szocki

Diane Foucar-Szocki

Partner, Creative Dynamics
Diane Foucar-Szocki (CEF Distinguished Leader, ICCS graduate, professor at James Madison University) attends CPSI this year primarily as a Minds at Work certified Immunity to Change coach. Developmentally sensitive coaching strengthens our capacities to embrace the challenges of leadership... Read More →
avatar for Reg Foucar-Szocki

Reg Foucar-Szocki

Professor, James Madison University
Reg Foucar-Szocki plays many roles and in no particular order – studied with Ruth Noller and Sid Parnes; met his lovely spouse, Diane, in Buffalo while in the master’s program; believes strongly that creativity is one of the key skills for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Richmond Main Lounge 272

8:30am

SP13 How to Write a Book (and Why)
It has been said that everyone has a book inside them. This workshop helps prospective book authors take the first steps toward getting that book OUTSIDE. This workshop is for anyone who has wanted to write a book, but hasn't been able to get it done, or even get it started; anyone who feels that they need to write a book, for career or personal reasons; and anyone who just wants to know what it takes to get a book written and published. In this workshop, you will:
  • Explore WHY you might want to write a book, and WHY you have been finding it difficult to get it started or get it done.
  • Identify WHAT book you should write.
  • Learn HOW to actually get the book written.
NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Paul Reali

Paul Reali

Trainer, Writer, Creative Catalyst, OmniSkills
Trainer and facilitator Paul Reali helps teams discover and mine their creative potential. His company, OmniSkills, serves clients across the United States, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Eaton, Lowe's, Macy's and Raytheon. Reali is the managing editor for ICSC Press... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner C135

8:30am

SP15 Communication and Conflict: So That's Why It's So Hard
Do you find yourself frustrated when you want to move forward in a conversation but the person that you’re talking to seems to be stuck in the minor details? Do you ever wonder if you’re even in the same conversation? Then things go from bad to worse, and the other person is seeing RED! These things happen because we have different communication and conflict styles. In this workshop, you will:
  • Learn, through self- assessments, your preferred styles and what these mean when communication matters.
  • Discover other styles you are likely to encounter throughout your day and how you can light up a positive interaction immediately.
  • Explore how conflict styles set fire to a crucial conversation and how we can extinguish the flames of fury by igniting our very best communicating self.
  • Learn how to be effective in a moment of conflict.
NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Jewel Abram-Copenhaver

Jewel Abram-Copenhaver

Organization Development & Effectiveness Facilitator, Beacon Health System
Jewel Abram-Copenhaven has worked for Beacon Health System for more than 17 years. She has been immersed in the innovation culture there, being trained as a Tom Peters WOW! Guru, leading teams through the innovation process and learning the Creative Problem Solving process. She currently... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Greiner C134

8:30am

SP16 OFFSITE: Architecture and Creativity
We'll tour the Darwin D. Martin House Complex in Buffalo, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, with sketchbooks In hand, on a treasure hunt for design elements. While learning the basic principles of design in architecture, we’ll observe the building and embellishments of this historic and beautiful site. We’ll sketch images that appeal to us using comparisons of emphasis, balance, harmony, variety, movement, proportion, unity and inspiration. We’ll discover what elements speak to us, make connections to our work and facilitation, and discover how to carry those elements into our creative work – in any arena, whether in session design or our daily inspirations. You do not have to be an artist to join us – in fact, take a chance! Discover the hidden artist within! You will:
  • Explore the concept of design.
  • Apply design concepts to create a structure for your creative endeavors.
  • Discover how to adapt/create/redesign and build a blueprint in your own personal style, to apply to your work.

NOTE: This workshop takes place OFFSITE and requires an additional fee of $20 for museum admission (to be paid directly at the museum). Please meet by 8:30 a.m. in the Greiner lobby for a brief introduction. The group will carpool to the museum, return to the university for lunch, and complete the workshop in the C3 Private Dining Room, following lunch.

LOCATION/TRANSPORTATION:
  • As noted above, the plan is to meet in the Greiner lobby at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the Martin House. 
  • Should you need to get yourself to the Martin House outside of the group (or miss the carpool), here is the address:
    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
    143 Jewett Pkwy
    Buffalo, NY 14214
    716.856.3858 x 207
    http://martinhouse.org
    @themartinhouse
  • Martin House Parking:
    The Martin House complex is located in a residential neighborhood. There is limited on-street parking in the neighborhood. There is a parking lot at the Buffalo Zoo located at the corner of Jewett Parkway and Parkside Avenue that charges $5.00 per car. Cross Parkside Avenue and walk down Jewett Parkway. It is two blocks from the Buffalo Zoo parking lot to the Martin House. After your tour proceed to the Zoo admission desk to purchase a parking token to exit the Zoo parking lot.

NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; BE SURE TO SELECT A SPARK WORKSHOP DURING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Leaders/Presenters
avatar for Donna Milani Luther

Donna Milani Luther

Head, Inly School
An arts and creativity educator, Donna Milani Luther is currently head of Inly School, a co-educational independent day school in Massachusetts for students from ages two to 14. She has been a CPSI leader since 1988. As an adjunct faculty member at Lesley College, she has taught in... Read More →
avatar for Walt Stevenson

Walt Stevenson

Professor of Management and Communications, Golden Gate University
A long-time Creative Problem Solving Institute leader, Walt Stevenson is dedicated to an intentional Creative Problem Solving process for application to all facets of life. He is professor of management at Golden Gate University and is a two dimensional artist in watercolor and dye... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
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