Facilitators: Matteo Catullo and Tim Switalski

Knowledge of Creative Problem Solving is required to participate in this program.

CPS has been around for over 70 years. It’s one of the world’s most successful process models with plenty of research and practice to demonstrate its effectiveness when facing new and complex challenges. One thing that skilled practitioners know about CPS is that you don’t need to apply the entire process for it to be effective. More often than not, there are moments during a meeting or in a conversation where a divergent and convergent thinking tool can save the day.
This program will use the CPS Thinking Skills model as a framework for applying creative thinking (in either planned or spontaneous ways) to everyday situations, both professional and personal. We will explore how to assess complex situations and identify the kind of thinking that is needed to develop a solution to challenging problem. Using a variety of interactive exercises, we will examine how to facilitate each of the main phases of CPS in ways that respond to particular needs in a variety of contexts to bring about novel and valuable outcomes.

Participants will be able to:

  • Explore the use of diagnostic thinking to identify opportunities for applying CPS in a wide variety of situations;
  • Learn specific tools and techniques from the CPS Thinking Skills framework that can be applied in strategic ways to clarify complex challenges, generate ideas or implement solutions; and
  • Develop the capacity to facilitate solutions to professional and personal challenges in situations that can be anticipated or arise unexpectedly.