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EXPO Workshops 2018



In addition to CPS Programs and Immersion Programs, CREA Conference offers a variety of interactive workshops that will expose participants to the many diverse perspectives of research and practice in the field of creativity.
Find here below the list of English Expo Workshops. If you want to see the French ones description, click here.

Saturday Morning 9:00 - 12:30
Double-Expo Workshops (180 minutes)

Drawing on Your Imagination
Facilitators: Valerie Reynaud and Yoel Kluk

Our thinking preferences can be touched through drawing. One’s drawing can contain a large amount of information since it happens in two different moments: when you actually answer a specific question or task by drawing and when you share your drawing with another person. Neither require actual drawing skills, it is the action of drawing and sharing that uses different parts of your brain and involves different thinking styles. Over the years we have discovered how deep the conversations can be when explaining a post-it containing a simple drawing.
Participants will be exposed to wonderful experiences: from the secrets of letting your hands flow, tricks to improve your drawings and CPS tools that have been (or might be) adapted to drawing. This will be a workshop where alphanumeric symbols will be forbidden. We will be creative, assertive, imaginative, evaluative and process oriented.
Learning Objectives: • Experience a variety of ways to express your imagination through a simple drawing; • Identify and practice techniques that will improve your drawing abilities and raise you level of confidence and expressiveness; and • Explore a wide range of CPS tools that can be adapted and improved through drawing.

The Steps of Giving and Receiving Feedback
Facilitators: Maggie Dugan & Tim Dunne

Debriefing an activity - any activity - is the best way to learn, to get better at your craft, and to make your life richer. For some of us, nothing is more fun than to back through a situation, and ask why do I do this, why did you do this, why did he or she do this, and what was I/you/he/she thinking or feeling in that moment. The agenda-less debrief is fun. It is often what we do, after all, over a glass of wine with a friend as we hash through somebody’s romantic escapades!
Facilitators and trainers use debriefs as an after-action review for the purpose of extracting learning and inviting changed behavior. This reflection helps participants cement (and sometimes even discover) what they’ve learned. One step further: if you solicit a debrief in a professional environment, it’s a real opportunity, a voluntary inter-colleague request for feedback.
Because debriefing has a huge feedback component to it, we’ll also explore the stance that helps us receive and optimize the information we get when someone takes the time to give us feedback. Feedback is a gift, something to be appreciated. Debriefing and feedback are like cousins in the same family tree. By understanding how they relate, we’ll understand more about how to do both more effectively.
Learning Objectives: • Explore step-by-step methods for debriefing; • Discover shortcuts used by storytellers and trainers for richer debriefs; • Develop a Feedback mindset, to receive feedback so you get more of it; and • Practice giving and receiving feedback, on the spot.

Learning from the Labyrinth
Facilitators: Anthony Hyatt and Matteo Catullo

It is widely known that labyrinths are places for contemplative journeys and meditation.They also are powerful tools for the facilitation of creative transformation.  Our friend and colleague Joe Miguez spent the last decades of his life working with and sharing Labyrinth Xperiences around the world.  He focused upon the architectural principles of “the lab” to design accessible labyrinth based creativity tools.  Working with those tools we will be in awareness enhancing spaces where ideas emerge, there is self-discovery and our attention may become action-producing intention.
We will, to quote Joe, “slow down so that we can go faster”.
Learning Objectives: • Make a journey through a simplified version of the labyrinth. • Remember what they already knew.

MITOdoLOGIA®: Experiencing Creativity Through Drama and Greek Myths
Facilitator: Paulo Benetti

Using theater drama and the metaphors of Greek myths, MITOdoLOGIA® proposes that participants learn the Creative Problem Solving methodology in a more playful, fast, and profound way. In this session, participants will be given a role that will help them participate in the drama. This role contains metaphors of myths, archetypes, and situations that will facilitate the learning of the creative process. The whole process of creating and debriefing the drama will be highly interactive and lead by the facilitator.
Learning Objectives: • Experience the power of metaphors granted by Greek myths, as a tool to explain the CPS process; • Understand how art helps to learn much faster and more deeply; • Have fun with the characterization of your myth; and • Take away a portable tool that they can use anywhere.

Radical Next Step Thinking
Facilitators: Dorte Nielsen and Remi Sabouraud

Welcome to our Radical Next Step Thinking game. Imagine you are the Director of a company. You are in charge of the vision and the strategy. You are going to play the game of “Radical Next Step Thinking”. A game designed to help you imagine a vision for the future. The game is set in a time of change. You will meet the unforeseen, the unexpected, crazy challenges, pressure from the market, obstacles, new shapes of A.I, disruption, natural catastrophes and climate change. We will explore various tools, techniques and radical interference to enhance visionary, strategic and ideational thinking. Step by step, we want you to practice thinking on your feet. We will challenge you to be flexible and radical in your thinking as you face the challenges of tomorrow.
In this session participants will:
Learning Objectives: • Play the game of “Radical Next Step Thinking” • Challenge thinking habits and status quo • Have fun!

Facilitator: Massimo Agostinelli

This double-expo will explore the world of Bouffon, a French performance art that combines elements of burlesque, commedia dell'arte, farce, gallows humor, parody, satire and slapstick. It is designed for non-artists of all ages and backgrounds, especially people without Bouffon experience and all those who have a strong desire to transform in an unforgettable way.
You will be challenged, pushed, cajoled and tickled beyond your previously imagined limits. Enhance and liberate your creative thinking through this unique and empowering way to explore and develop your mental and physical range through games, simple improvisations and Bouffon performance skills, character development, ensemble thinking, collaboration and sore abs (from laughter). This is a life lasting experience that you will cherish forever. If you want or need to shake up your world, your group or yourself in the most amusing and entertaining way you can imagine... this should do the trick!
Learning Objectives: • Understand the history and basic elements of Bouffon as a performance art; • Explore ways to stretch beyond your comfort zone a boost creative thinking through a variety of Bouffon techniques; and • Laugh until it hurts!

Saturday Afternoon 14:00 - 15:30
Expo Workshops (90 minutes)

Stop Selling Solar Panels!
Facilitators: Yoel Kluk and Sergio Mejia

This interactive session will use tools to diagnose the climate of a simulated blue chip business and quickly ideate ways to create a new commercial offering. We will work with you to show how many businesses need to reinvent the way they sell, having fallen into a comfortable practice of competing only on price. As a result, they are now at risk of new technology completion due to poor customer understanding.
Participants will use a business case to explore, diagnose and apply CPS to improve the commercial offering of a large technology company. We will also illustrate the presentation with a real business case from our own experience. We will challenge participants’ perceptions of what is and what is not innovation. This is a highly strategic commercial workshop for participants.
Learning Objectives: • Apply CPS to create a commercial strategy; • Recognize the risk of arrogance when doing business; and • Apply a 360 approach to assessing a situation.

Becoming Aware of Creative Thinking Strategies: Metacognition and CPS
Facilitator: Anna Packham

Are you new to CPS, or do you teach others about it? Do you wish you would understand better how you can "switch on" your creative thinking and apply it in real life, and understand how you could guide others to do the same? Then this Expo might be for you. We will explore how the concept of Metacognition (also known as "thinking about your thinking") can help you to identify creative thinking strategies. This will allow you to use your creative thinking skills more deliberately, outside the training environment, accelerating your use of CPS or helping you to get "unstuck" from old thinking habits. Experienced facilitators and trainers will have an opportunity to explicitly explore creative thinking strategies that they want to include in their training or facilitation and will learn about tools to foster Metacognition.
Learning Objectives: • Identify Strategies to "switch on" your creative thinking; • Remind yourself of creative thinking behaviors when you get stuck in everyday thinking; and • As a trainer or facilitator, understand metacognition can help participants to accelerate their learning.

Evolving as a Parent
Facilitators: Ismet Mamnoon and Mark Harling

The parenting journey is rather like a roller coaster ride. You have your moments of exhilaration and your moments of terror. The difference is that this is a roller coaster ride that never ends. In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to extract insight from their past parenting experiences in order to better anticipate the ups and downs of parenting and to collectively discover ways in which they might be better prepared for the next step of the ride of their lives.
Learning Objectives: • Use story mining as a technique for extracting insights; • Become deliberate about learning from past experiences; and • Use an appreciative inquiry approach to problem solving.

The Next Step is Facilitating
Facilitator: Tim Dunne

You've learned the CPS process. You use the CPS process. The next step is effective and confident facilitation of the process with a group.
The most important ten minutes of any facilitation are the first ten minutes. Expo participants will build their own checklists together for: (1) the pre-work involved to set yourself up for success, and (2) what facilitators do to set the tone in the room and get started efficiently on effective facilitation. Then we'll go live and do the setup to facilitation sessions with different objectives, with feedback to the brave souls who put on the facilitator hat.
Learning Objectives: • Confidently and quickly set up a facilitation and get the group working so the facilitator can get out of the way; • Learn the mistakes facilitators make that slow down or impede a group's working progress; and • Receive personal feedback on their setup process and style.

Humor, Playfulness & Creativity. (Disclaimer: A Serious Workshop about Humor :)
Facilitator: Harry van der Schans

Humor is serious business and business and education need serious creativity. According to creativity expert Dr. Edward de Bono, humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. A joke displays a shift in perception and this is important in changing the way we think. Most of our errors in thinking are due to errors in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion, which can lead to new ideas. Logic will never change emotion or perception. In 1967 De Bono coined the term lateral thinking to describe the process of breaking out of the habitual patterns of linear thought. Lateral thinking encourages you to change the direction of thinking, to look at things in a totally different way or to reinterpret what you are looking at in fresh, original or humorous ways. The patterns generated by the brain are asymmetric; we go along the deepest patterns without noticing the side track. If we – randomly or by using techniques deliberately – get over to the alternative track, the route becomes obvious in hindsight. This is the basis of both humor and creativity. In this workshop, you will learn how to use humor and playfulness to break out of the patterning system to generate more original ideas.
Learning Objectives: • Learn about the relation between humor and creativity • Learn about the need for humor and playfulness in an innovative organization • Learn about perception and patter

Saturday Afternoon 16:00 - 17:30
Expo Workshops (90 minutes)

Instant Sabbatical: Take a Break to Elevate Yourself to Your Next Level
Facilitators: Elise Verberg and Jo Wuijts

In this workshop you learn about the four stages of Instant Sabbatical and the four main questions. We give you an insight in our method in an inspiring and hands on manner: a little bit of theory and a lot of creative, inspiring, rewarding moments working together in small groups!
• Show the importance of regular breaks: contemplate first, reset your goals next and then move towards your desired goals; • Give participants a tool to discover what they want and have to do to leap towards the next level; and • Have fun in contemplating and working with others in clarifying personal steppingstones: what is the next level you want to reach and how do you begin.

Bad Habits? Get Unstuck
Facilitators: Newell Eaton and Allie Middleton

Do you have any habits you wish you could change? So why haven't you? In this Expo you can explore a sequence of mind-heart-body opening experiences that will take you to your next step. This fast-paced fun exploration will be a flow of key practices, integrating a blend of techniques learned from change masters. Change masters from both classic wisdom traditions and current state-of-the-art applied research. The two creative coaches facilitating this Expo have found these practices to produce rapid surprising insights and inspire you to make real change that sticks. Be prepared to surprise yourself.

Freewriting: Step by Step
Facilitator: Maggie Dugan

A blank page is intimidating. Whether you’re writing a story, an essay, a memoir, a letter, a speech, a journal entry – the process of sitting down, of starting, is sometimes the hardest part. We all have a narrative brewing inside, but we don’t put it on paper. There’s resistance, mostly to getting started. How can we let go and simply get started and trust that the words inside us will come? Sometimes it’s best to take it, step by step.
If you like to write, you want to write, or you just want to explore your creative potential using words and language, please join this session for some spontaneous freewriting. If writing comes easily to you, you’ll have the chance to participate in a collective ambiance of fluidity and flow. If writing is more of a challenge for you, we’ll help you experience a playful process that lets you put the pen to the page and unlock the words and wisdom hidden inside you, one step at a time.
Learning Objectives: • Defer judgment on themselves and fully enjoy the process of writing; • Generate a first draft (of whatever they want to write) without effort or angst; and • Access their natural fluidity to write spontaneously.

Enter the PIPE: From Dream to Action in 23 Minutes
Facilitator: Leonardo Munoz

Do you have a problem (challenge, opportunity, dream) for which you have not been able to generate an idea at the level you want? Have you ever thought that you don't have creativity available when you need it? Your ability to think is a resource that is much more concrete than you believe is. Your potential is unlimited, if you know how to put it into action.
In this 90-minute workshop you will learn the PIPE process, a structured method that, in 23 minutes, can help you solve problems, create new products, improve processes, face challenges, take advantage of opportunities, and start making real some of the dreams that you always wanted to. You will go out of this workshop "wearing" the attitudes and beliefs necessary to enhance your divergent and convergent thinking and you will understand the PIPE process and be able to apply it to a variety of situations.
Learning Objectives: • Experience and learn a brief process to solve problems creatively; • Learn how to facilitate this process with a partner using a template; and • Practice the separation between divergent and convergent thinking.

Facilitator: Marjolein Hutting

What is improvisation theatre? What can you use it for? In this workshop we will train our “association muscle”, use our body and, above all, have fun. I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone. You’ll notice you’ll achieve a nice atmosphere in the group with laughter.
Improvisation theatre is a playful form of theatre making. It is also called “theatre from scratch”. This doesn’t mean the actors know nothing in advance. Frames are being created and games practiced. In those frames they have to improvise. In order to do this well, you have to master associative thinking. We are going to break through frameworks and come up with a good idea in the spotlight. We not only work with our heads, but also with our bodies. Our bodies will be our instrument.
In improtheatre there is indeed a principle called: “everything is already there”. We start from nothing and by observing well, being in the now and in your own body. And with the attention for the other actor, beautiful things arise.
Learning Objectives: • Discover what is improvisation theatre and know how to use it; • Increase your creativity through improvisation theatre; and • Get to know different energizers that are suitable for different groups.

Step Into Ambiguity
Facilitators: Katrin Elster and Tamara Christensen

What do you do when the next step is unclear? Maybe you’re not ready to take a step. Or perhaps you know the step you want to take but are not sure if it’s the right one or what the impact will be. We live in a complex, uncertain world where we often face “wicked” problems for which there is no precedent or correct answer. If you choose to step into this interactive session you will explore how to face ambiguity, make decisions and take action (or not) with limited information.
Learning Objectives: • Identify your own biases and habits when it comes to dealing with ambiguity; • Understand when and how to step into uncertainty with confidence and courage; and • Identify the next best step for an ambiguous personal challenge.

Sunday Morning 9:30 - 11:30
Expo Workshops (120 minutes)

Lift Off
Facilitators: Newell Eaton and Allie Middleton

It is time to bring the best of your CREA experience home. We will take what you've learned and hone them into practices that stick for you personally and professionally. In this Expo you will have an opportunity to focus on these fresh learning experiences through self-reflection, group conversation and other integrative embodiment practices. Applying Ryan and Robert Quinn’s LIFT framework you will learn to lift yourself and others toward what you truly care about. Exploring a variety of deep dive techniques to recognize and up-shift habitual mind-body patterns, you will learn ways to overcome resistances and experience a new encounter with your own creative potential. We will share a practical set of steps to act with more purpose, internal direction, other focus, and external awareness. You will leave ready to LIFT OFF and take your CREA experience home.
Learning Objectives: • Anchor the best of what you've learned at CREA and prepare it to take home; • Engage in a deep dive creative inquiry using the LIFT model; and • Explore mind-body patterns and practices to expand your awareness of yourself and your capacity to increase your influence in the world.

Stepping Inward: Walking and Creativity
Facilitators: Carian van der Sman and Nathaniel Cadwell

After three days at CREA is your head full of new insights, new ideas and maybe also the after effects of late night events?
A walk outdoors is a perfect way to clear your head and to consider the next steps you’ll take once you return home. Join us for a hike on trails around Sestri Levante, and on the way we’ll also share experiences about hiking and the inner work of creativity, along with what scientific research has revealed about the topic. You’ll return from the hike with your next steps defined and knowing why you should keep walking while working on your challenges. Put on your walking shoes, bring your sunglasses (or raincoat), a bottle of water, and let’s explore!
Learning Objectives: • Present their next steps after CREA; • Deliberately use walking for inner creative work; and • Have a learning experience in the beautiful environment of Sestri Levante.

6000 Years of Creativity and Transformation
Facilitator: Michelle Auerbach

The river of creativity and transformation did not originate in the 1950’s in America. It has been flowing through the world’s wisdom traditions for thousands of years. There’s a lot we can learn from the ancients about how we are put together and what we can do to evolve and transform. Our modern research into creativity, mindfulness, story, and change interacts and dances with the old – giving us much to explore.
Learning Objectives: • Explore the relationship with change and evolution as they relate to creativity; • Experience joy and a feeling of competence in storytelling (visual, oral, and written); and • Practice to use story as a way into creativity and transformation.

Collaboration by Design
Facilitator: Katie Tagye

Collaboration by Design is the “discipline of intentionality and deliberate planning for engagement, input, and impact” (Bosley, 2016). A natural complement to creative problem solving, collaboration by design pushes us to think deliberately about who is included in collaboration and how participants interact in order to explore new ways of thinking and solving problems together. In this interactive session, we’ll explore elements of authentic collaboration as well as Liberating Structure methods for designing engaging interactions that lead to inclusion and creativity, regardless of size.  
Learning Objectives: • Explore what it means to collaborate authentically; • Learn about and experience several hands-on Liberating Structure activities; and • Leverage intentionality and begin planning an interaction using deliberate collaboration.  

Supporting Transformation by a Natural Personal Presence
Facilitator: Jeannette Medema

This workshop will give you a completly new experience on how to use your natural presence to connect more strongly with others on a human level, beyond authenticity. In today’s transformational world, creating connections and collaborations are of high value to support change. You will go through a five-step process to achieve a more intense personal presence. Enjoy this beautiful journey by uniting your inner self with the outer world. This will activate engagement, involvement and might encourage others to transform as well. Let’s make it magic!
Learning Objectives: • Experience new insights into your own style of presence; • Explore the use of new tools and techniques to implement tomorrow; and • Discover exercises to build stronger presence in yourself and other.