Creative Problem Solving programs

The Creative Problem Solving track program offers participants a rich experience in learning how to think and act more creatively. Programs are targeted at skill development and designed around the Creative Problem Solving Skills Model.

The tracks take place for 3 times half a day*.

*If you have never practised CPS before, your selected program will be Foundations of CPS.

CREA CPS Programs

Foundations of CPS

Facilitators: Ismet (Izzy) Mamnoon and Matteo Catullo

Requisite: *None, for all the participants that need to learn the powerful CPS process .

This program is recommended for those who are unfamiliar with Creative Problem Solving (CPS) or with the deliberate practice of creativity. The CPS process has undergone continuous development and research since it was first developed in the 1950s. This program is based on the most recent developments in the evolution of the CPS model. It will introduce participants to the CPS Thinking Skills Model and to the dynamic balance of divergent and convergent thinking that supports it.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore and enhance their own creativity. They will gain a deeper awareness of their own preferred style of expressing creativity using the FourSight self-assessment and learn how to leverage this knowledge to work more effectively with others. There will be an opportunity for participants to learn and practice fundamental tools and techniques that can be applied to develop creative solutions to real challenges.

Participants will be able to:

  • Assess their individual thinking style preferences for working within the creative process.
  • Understand the Creative Problem Solving: Thinking Skills model and how it can be used to overcome creative challenges;
  • Experience the dynamic balance of divergent and convergent thinking and how to use it to produce creative results;
  • Identify personal characteristics, behaviors and attitudes that can promote and inhibit creativity.

The Art of Facilitation

Facilitators: Maggie Dugan and Doug Reid

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

Skillful facilitation is now being recognized as a core competency for creating dynamic group settings where people are able to collaborate and make high-quality decisions. By definition, a facilitator is one who contributes structure and process to interactions so that groups are able to function effectively, explore important issues and achieve their collective goals. This generally leads to higher levels of buy-in, active participation and empowerment to take responsibility for action.
This program will focus on understanding and developing best practices for effective facilitation of the creative process, from appraising client’s objectives, to managing the physical and psychological environment, handling difficult situations and promoting functional behaviors for the accomplishment of the groups’ goals. Participants will have an opportunity to practice and receive feedback through a variety of simulations and exercise, using the Creative Problem Solving process and applying a variety of techniques that will bring their facilitation experience from good to great.

Participants will:

  • Assess their strengths and weaknesses related to group facilitation with a specific focus on group management, process management and communication skills;
  • Demonstrate, through the use of a variety of simulations and exercises, the ability to effectively navigate the CPS process in a group facilitation;
  • Identify and experience best practices that foster individual’s abilities to facilitate a group, boosting collaboration and handling curves;
  • Pinpoint specific facilitation skills that are in need of improvement and create a personal plan for the development of these identified skill areas.

Creative Thinking Tools for the 21st Century

Facilitators: Laura Barbero Switalski and Alessia Berti
+ guest facilitators

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

A key strength of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) is that it is flexible enough to incorporate many different thinking tools and techniques — including cognitive, affective, intuitive, and embodiment approaches — that can produce often astonishing creative results. In this program you will experience a broad range of thinking tools — drawn from the newest approaches in Creativity, Design Thinking, Productive Thinking, Theory U, Biomimicry, and even the Scientific Method.

This program features an all-star cast of CREA facilitators who will give you an intimate look at the most productive tools in their creativity kits and show you how you can apply them to complex, real-world challenges on the job, in your community, and in your family.

Creative Thinking Tools For the 21st Century is designed to enhance the skillsets identified in the CPS Thinking Skills framework.

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop confidence in applying a variety of tools when using virtually any problem-solving model
  • Enhance their creative thinking and facilitation skills by learning a diverse set of tools from new approaches in Creativity, Design Thinking, Productive Thinking, the Scientific Method, Theory U, and Biomimicry
  • Apply and modify thinking tools to open up creative possibilities at work and at home