Interactive workshops that will expose participants to the many diverse perspectives of research and practice in the field of creativity.
The full schedule of the workshops is here below.

DOWNLOAD HERE the description of the all workshops.

(Note that this schedule could be revised before the start of CREA).

* Please note that “Support in another language” means that at least one of the facilitators is quite fluent in that language and can communicate participants, on an ad-hoc basis, to offer assistance, answer questions or help clarify key elements of a program or workshop; it does not imply that any part of this program or workshop will be delivered in that language, nor that participants can expect continuous translation of the content or of the contributions. Basic understanding and speaking fluency of the program’s main language is required to attend this program or workshop.


Thursday 11 - Friday 12 April

Jeudi 13 - Vendredi 14 Avril

Saturday 13

Samedi 15 - Dimanche 16 Avril

CREA 2023 Workshops - Presenters, Titles, Descriptions and Objectives

CREA 2023 Ateliers - Presenteurs, Titres, Descriptions et Objectives

THURSDAY 13 – JEUDI 13 (h. 2:30-4:00 pm)

Find YOUR creative zone (English – Support en Français)
Presenter: Jonathan Brown
Science is clear: we know that creativity can be stimulated, and research has confirmed that the environment is a key factor in stimulating, or hindering, individual and group creativity. But which environmental conditions foster creativity? What are yours? What are those of your colleagues? Your client? …
This experiential workshop will allow you to explore and discover 4 potential universes (or zones) created by combinations of sound and movement, from none to … a lot.
Learning objectives:
• Raise awareness of the impact of certain environmental variables on personal creativity.
• Develop your own strategies to find yourself in YOUR creative zone!
• Enhance your toolbox to help others find their optimal zone to foster their creativity.

The Anxiety of (Not) Ending: Explorations in Art, Ambiguity, and Creativity (English)
Presenter: Jessica Hunter

While experiencing uncertainty can be uncomfortable, research indicates that resting in states of not-knowing disrupts routine thinking patterns and allows more creative possibilities into our lives. Drawing from various theories within philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, this session examines how encounters with unfamiliar works of art- specifically abstract art- can help us cultivate our tolerance for ambiguity. We will explore the connections between art spectatorship, attention, movement, and creative thought through discussions, exercises, and activities.
Learning objectives:
• Understand theories about how increasing ambiguity tolerance can change mindsets and heighten creative thinking. • Experience various ways of engaging with art and understand their different effects on ambiguity tolerance. • Practice leveraging the experience of staying present with uncertainty to unlock creativity.

Open Up New Possibilities with Positivity (English)
Presenter: Kim Marie McKernan
Creative Problem Solving (CPS) helps organizations grow in many ways, but focusing on problems can fail to produce long-term change. This workshop enables you to master practical ways to deliver more team engagement and better outcomes using Positive Creativity.
Based on a combination of CPS and Appreciative Inquiry (AI), Positive Creativity focuses on reframing problems as opportunities and designing positive questions to open up new thinking and achieve buy-in from your team during challenging times.
Learning objectives:
• Learn proven concepts for implementing a powerful combination of AI and CPS with your team. • Practice reframing problems as opportunities and design positive questions to open up new thinking. • Get guided support and real-world examples to turn positive creativity into a skill set you own.

Let’s Ynnovate the public sector: how to boost change from within (English)
Presenters: Fleur Pullen & Marieke Aantjes
Over the last 10 years, Ynnovate has successfully created a powerful network of change facilitators in the Netherlands; the Ynnovators Network. This group of 1,500 public sector employees is boosting innovation within the public sector.
We will share our approach and learnings in building a movement of change in a bureaucratic environment. Together, you will explore the dos and don’ts, and generate ideas for structuring and empowering networks of change.
Learning objectives:
• Learn about our approach and tools to boost public sector innovation. • Get inspired about how to create a movement/network of change facilitators. • Understand how to facilitate change in government and how to make it successful.

To dream the possible dream – A process and tools to discover, formulate & strengthen wishes (English – Support en Français)
Presenters: Sylvain Rouillard & Clara Kluk
This workshop is an opportunity to identify and clarify the desires you have (and sometimes didn’t know you had!). If you are a facilitator, it is also a great occasion to discover new tools that will help individuals and groups to pinpoint and embrace their wishes. You will discover 5 sub-steps we synthesized within the “clarification of the wish” step, and at least 5 techniques, maybe unusual, certainly a bit artistic, that will reveal possible dreams and give energy to enter the change process.
Learning objectives:
• Clarify the importance of dreams and wishes as a starting point of the change process. • Enhance your knowledge of the details of what is happening in this step (the sub-steps). • Discover tools that help reveal and strengthen the wishes in yourself and others.

Innover par les imaginaires : le persona, c’est vous ! (Français – Support in English)
Présentateurs : Diouldé Chartier-Beffa & Siga Diagouraga
Les participants se mettent dans la peau de 9 personae construits autour de situations porteuses d’un enjeu émotionnel fort. En vivant de l’intérieur l’émotion qui pousse à agir chaque persona, ils imaginent de nouveaux possibles (modèles opératoires, offres, …) sous la forme d’expérience à produire (émotionnelle, symbolique et sensorielle) qui précède la conception fonctionnelle de la solution. Les personae proviennent d’une étude prospective (par web-ethnographie) sur les mutations de la famille.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Connecter des données objectives avec ses propres émotions, pour produire des idées appliquées. • Distinguer les différentes composantes de l’imaginaire et la façon dont elles déterminent les usages. • Modeler une innovation à partir de l’imaginaire de son destinataire, gage de son utilité.

Comment mobiliser les équipes dirigeantes dans l’accompagnement des transformations ? (Français)
Présentateur : Carole Deschandol
Les équipes dirigeantes ont une spécificité particulière dans les transformations : la manière dont elle fonctionne a un impact direct et de grande amplitude sur les changements. Son mode opératoire, par « reflet systémique », comme par capillarité, viendra faciliter ou compliquer le travail de transformation et être un levier ou un frein dans l’accompagnement des changements. A travers cet atelier, nous vous proposons de réfléchir à la manière d’embarquer les équipes de comités de direction dans les changements et d’en faire de véritables alliés.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Appréhender les spécificités des équipes dirigeantes dans une organisation. • Comment créer l’alliance avec l’équipe dirigeante pour penser et déployer le changement. • Comment piloter les changements avec des interventions simultanées, multiniveaux & variées (coaching, intelligence collective, créativité etc…)

THURSDAY 13 – JEUDI 13 (h. 4:30-6:00 pm)

Know your Personal Stakeholders (English – Support en Français)
Presenters: Tim Dunne & Maggie Dugan
“Part of me wants to, and part of me doesn’t.” Have you ever said this? Within you there are many different parts – different voices that represent the many roles you’ve played, or still play, in your life. We call these different parts personal stakeholders. Your stakeholders can help you, and they can inhibit you. If you know them better, you can use them to fuel your creativity to help you create change, and adapt to it.
Learning objectives:
• Make an inventory of your personal individual stakeholders. • Meet and listen to these stakeholders, and understand how they impact you on a day-to-day basis. • Learn how to develop strategies to deliberately call upon your personal stakeholders to help you solve problems, make decisions and embrace change.

Listening to Learn: Lean in to Empathy (English)
Presenters: Patricia Flanagan & Michelle Dolan
Empathy is the fuel of a decent society. To use your creative thinking powers to build new solutions and drive change requires prioritizing and understanding the human needs at the core. How often do you feel that someone really listens to you, hears you and understands your perspective? Highly experiential listening, learn and share exercises will help you unleash your curiosity, build new connections with others and feel the magical powers of collaboration.
Learning objectives:
• Build skills in listening with empathy to understand what is really important to others. • Develop your curiosity and experience the power of human connection. • Discover how empathetic listening supports you to unearth user needs.

In Out Living (English)
Presenters: Joe Gammal & Alessia Berti
Connection-making is the essence of creativity, and the potential sparks of those connections are all around us. Methods like analogy, absurdity, and irrelevance are favorite ways of creating new provocative stimulus, but this is only one half of the connection-making equation. The other half is how you process that stimulus that leads to the breakthrough. What if you could 10x your ability to make connections to WHATEVER stimulus you experience? We’ll explore this question by going deep on a foundational Synectics technique “In-Out Listening”, a way of making the most of the “experiences” happening around you by making the most of the “conversations and connections” going on inside of you. We’ll introduce this tool and then go much further, exploring together the possibility of In-Out Living — what that might mean if, perhaps like breathing, we consciously see and experience the world differently.
Learning objectives:
• Leverage the natural dynamics of listening & attention to maximize connections & increase creative potential. • Consciously see the world around and within you thru “new lenses” – more freshly, openly, and deeply. • Apply those “new” lenses to your CREA conference and any learning experience to unlock new possibilities.

Can CHANGE be predicted? (English)
Presenter: Yoel Kluk
There is a lot of fuzz around predictive models, amongst which: can we predict the future? I think we cannot, but on
the other hand we know humans are repetitive beings. So our behavior patterns can be observed, and any change in the pattern can be documented. Thus we cannot predict what I will do on a specific date, but we can predict the probability of many of my behaviors and identify what is influencing those behaviors. In this workshop, instead of making graphs and algorithms, we will be living the visualizations and the algorithms. We will use our feet to move around making a human graph of engagement. Then we will use the surroundings to add variables and change the engagement position. This way we will experiment with the data.
Learning objectives:
• Use simulation to forecast trends (human). • Ideate strategies to respond to the likelihood of events. • Explore the different ways to be creative in a data driven world.

Love in Action (English – Support en Français)
Presenters: Allie Middleton & Newell Eaton
Life & work complexities are so often baffling, we lose heart to act mindfully & strategically. What helps us stay resilient and enable positive change in these moments of personal & global crisis? As creatives, our practices can expand toward conscious innovation, starting with ourselves first. Love in Action is a set of conscious leadership practices for
our current Now. We recruit our most renewable resources, compassionate curiosity and courageous action to cocreate a new future together, a new collective Now.
Learning objectives:
• Learn basic mindfulness approaches to learning from the inside out. • Explore how to adapt creative problem solving practices with a presencing approach. • Discover how leadership demands deeper resilience and insight for conscious innovation practices to be revealed.

Change is in the air ! (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Dahlia Beristáin Gil
Le travail en mode hybride a transformé notre façon de concevoir le travail et le lieu de travail. Il s’agit d’un modèle de
travail flexible et actuel qui existe depuis des années. Or, malgré son apparente popularité auprès de nombreuses
entreprises dans le monde, le travail hybride n’est pas une solution pour tout le monde. Certains évoquent par exemple
le manque de contact humain ainsi que la richesse des discussions spontanées en face-à-face, et paradoxalement, le
fait de retourner au bureau, d’y être physiquement présent, ne semble pas avoir une forte résonance auprès des gens. Dans cet atelier, nous allons explorer les forces paradoxales mais complémentaires qui influencent ce qui fonctionne et ce qui ne fonctionne pas lorsqu’il s’agit de l’évolution constante du travail hybride.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Comprendre les principes de Liberating Structures (LS). • Apprendre en faisant, libérer la créativité et expérimenter les possibilités étonnantes qui peuvent émerger en utilisant Liberating Structure (LS). • Combiner plusieurs structures et les mettre en pratique

Le Walk Sprint: Exploiter le pouvoir du voyage et de la marche pour la créativité (Français)
Présentateurs : Cécile Poujade & Stephen Boucher
“Penser avec ses pieds” n’est pas nouveau : Aristote, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Charles Darwin, Steve Jobs, et bien d’autres philosophes, écrivains, artistes et scientifiques marchent pour voir les choses autrement. La science le confirme : la marche peut augmenter la créativité jusqu’à 60 %. Bénéficiant de l’environnement stimulant de Sestri, cet atelier est conçu comme un cheminement commençant avant CREA et vous permettra de comprendre quels types de marche peuvent booster votre créativité et comment organiser votre “walk sprint”.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Concevoir votre walkshop sprint de 90 minutes et la préparation avant. • Comprendre quelles marches stimulent la créativité et les conseils pratiques pour l’idéation en marchant. • Découvrir la science sous-tendant les bénéfices de la marche et des voyages pour la créativité.

FRIDAY 14 – VENDREDI 14 (h. 2:30-4:00 pm)

The Fountain of Creativity (English – Support en Français)
Presenter: Matteo Catullo
Wouldn’t it be great to discover a fountain of creativity—a special place that has all the creative answers you’ll ever need, and all the creative questions you could ever hope for? And wouldn’t it be great if this inexhaustible supply of creative insights was as close as your own pillow? Using your dreams in a variety of techniques including drawing, theater, and even sock puppets, you will discover atrue fountain of creativity that flows inside you and wakes up every night. You will reveal both the bright side and the shadow side of the countless insights that live in your sub-conscious … insights you always knew were there, but couldn’t quite reach.
Learning objectives:
• Experience a step-by-step process for accessing the creativity of their dream. • Discover a simple approach for looking at both the bright side and shadow side of their insights. • Practice a set of tools for uncovering the deeper meanings behind their questions.

Ticket to Play (English)
Presenters: Michelle Dolan & Patricia Flanagan
During play we tap into lesser used parts of our brains, providing new perspectives & allowing us to see things differently. Join us for an experiential workshop where you will have the opportunity to engage in a series of activities which are underpinned by the foundations of play- curiosity and exploration. We’ll use a range of materials which will spark joy & take you on a memorable playful journey. Replenish your soul- come play with Rejig!
Learning objectives:
• Experience a step-by-step process for accessing the creativity of their dream. • Discover a simple approach for looking at both the bright side and shadow side of their insights. • Practice a set of tools for uncovering the deeper meanings behind their questions.

Philosopher’s Walk (English)
Presenter: Tim Hurson
Bring a serious, significant issue or problem — personal, business, marketing, social, or scientific — preferably a problem that has stubbornly resisted solution. Then map your position on the Philosopher’s Walk. After two short steps, you will likely be astonished by the insights you’ve gained to solve your previously intractable problem. It may seem like magic, but it isn’t. It’s practical, easy-to-apply brain science. Rocket fuel for your mind. Fasten your seat belt.
Learning objectives:
• Discover a remarkable intuitive way to solve intractable problems. • Release the mental blocks that prevent you from solving the toughest problems. • Have really interesting discussions with smart people.

Changing your emotions when you are implementing change! (English – Support en Français)
Presenters: Clara Kluk & Sylvain Rouillard
We often talk about preparation for implementation as a step where rationality is the rule. However, it triggers many emotions. We often read about and observe the emotions of the people « receiving » the change, their resistance, etc. The person who is generating change also experiment a lot of emotions that need to be taken into consideration. We believe that in order to prepare for implementation or to help people do so, intuitive and artistic techniques are useful and they can become a valuable addition to your facilitation’s tool box.
Learning objectives:
• Explore the numerous emotions that could be triggered by the action of implementing solutions and pinpoint the ones you want to nourish. • Reflect on what could make your solutions more acceptable and even welcomed by others. • Experiment new techniques to help you design your plan of actions.

Envision and Invent The Future With Science Fiction Prototyping Workshops (English)
Presenter: Lisa Strick
Predicting the future is harder than ever. And designing for it is even harder. But what if we started with a vision of the future? This workshop explains the science fiction prototyping process and demonstrates how it can be a deliberate innovation tool. We will use existing SciFi scenarios and predictions to inspire us as we breakout into teams to harness the vision of science fiction to brainstorm products/services for the future.
Learning objectives:
• Learn about science fiction prototyping and the value of harnessing the vision of science fiction. • Use science fiction scenarios as a deliberate innovation tool for new products/services. • Practice brainstorming with the new methodology by using science fiction scenarios as inspiration

Souriez, vous jouez ! (Français)
Présentateurs : Anna Edery & Arnaud Constancias et Manuel de Sousa
Un atelier pour découvrir et utiliser tous nos jeux de cartes pour vous projeter, vous raconter, vous identifier, vous connaitre, créer la cohésion…et s’amuser !
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Découvrir, comprendre, expérimenter, prendre en main les jeux. • Utiliser les cartes pour varier et nourrir ses animations, faciliter la prise de parole. • Se prendre au jeu soi même.

Le corps, une précieuse ressource créative (Français – Support in English)
Présentateurs : Sophie Harvey & Philomène Le Maréchal
Le coaching somatique, dont nous vous proposons de découvrir quelques exercices, est l’art du dialogue avec notre corps. Ce dialogue nous fournit des enseignements sur qui nous sommes, sur ce qui nous anime et sur ce qui nous fait réagir face à une situation. Son expérience et sa sagesse facilitent l’émergence de la nouveauté et une approche plus claire de nos petits et grands défis. C’est également par le corps que nous pouvons initier des changements désirés.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Comprendre comment les apprentissages s’inscrivent dans notre corps ou en surgissent. • Expérimenter l’accès aux informations inscrites dans le corps et en tirer des enseignements. • Découvrir des outils de coaching somatique facilement utilisables en contexte créatif.

FRIDAY 14 – VENDREDI 14 (h. 4:30-6:00 pm)

STUCK! (English)
Presenters: Newell Eaton & Allie Middleton
We often get stuck. Are you ready start a new habit or stop an old one? Real habit change is hard to do. In this expo you will explore engaging with a blend of creative embodiment practices through the lens of the Immunity to Change model . This combination will open your capacity to live into a deeper insight of how your current behaviors are getting in your way and it will open the door to getting unstuck. These creative change techniques apply to your self and to any group or team you are part of.
Learning objectives:
• Discover hidden assumptions that impair your desire outcomes. • Use body-centered approaches for creative problem solving. • Develop “Immunity to Change” in a creative wholistic way.

The DaVinci Method – Multiply Your Productivity, Access Your Creativity & Become Unstoppable (English)
Presenter: Matthew Hood
In this workshop you will learn systems and working process inspired and developed from the great Renaissance artists and how they worked. These methods are designed to help you and/or your team become more effective in your working life, doubling or possibly tripling your creative output in half the time. This is achieved through applying time tested and science backed systems of work used by DaVinci and other creatives.
Learning objectives:
• Learn how our modern ways of work may be doing more harm than good. • Learn to design your workday and double your work output in half the time. • Utilize powerful processes to free up more time and focus for creativity and productivity.

Moving Beyond – Using the Arts to Reframe Problems into Possibilities (English)
Presenter: Anthony Hyatt
Why be limited by your view of reality? Alex Osborn wrote on the first page of his pioneering book, Applied Imagination
that, “The potential power of creative imagination is all but limitless.” Imagination applied with intention transforms
our perception of reality. Using tools of artists, you will understand the essence of a situation, experience it differently
and respond to it in new ways. Come strengthen your creative opportunity finding muscles!
Learning objectives:
• Embody and manipulate the rhythms of your creative engagement with personal challenges. • Capture the essence of body movements with gesture drawings. • Use artistic tools, make and transform representations of challenges from your life.

Walk the change (English – Support en Français)
Presenters: Dorte Nielsen & Philippe Brasseur
Creativity has become more important than ever in this time of change, however the way we look at creativity may also need to change. Using shoes as an analogy, we will explore how today’s challenges change our posture, our processes, our techniques, our assignments, our rhythms and our perspective on creativity. Do we actually “”walk the talk »? This original and kinesthetic workshop is designed to deeply challenge your beliefs and habits regarding creativity.
Learning objectives:
• Challenge their own beliefs and habits regarding creativity. • Renew their approach as a facilitator thanks to a rich kinesthetic / aesthetic experience. • Think in new ways about creativity in times of change

Empathy Insights: Observation, Experience and Inquiry (English)
Presenter: Paul Skaggs
A principal aspect of design thinking that differentiates it from other creative problem-solving activities is that it is human-centered, designers solve problems for people. In order to solve problems in a way that meets real human needs designers need to develop empathy insights. An insight is not an idea. Ideas come from our cognitive cache. Insights are things we don’t know. Insights may change the way you think about a solution or may change the problem itself. Empathy insights connect designers with unmet needs of the people using their products and services. Learning the unarticulated needs of users through the practices of observation, experience, and inquiry allow a designer to develop products and experiences that make deeper human connections.
Learning objectives:
• Learn how to be more observant of human behaviors. • Experience habitual behaviors with mindfulness. • Practice asking questions to illicit stories.

Kata agile : expérimentez le changement à petits pas ! (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Maëlle Gaultier
Un atelier ludique pour découvrir le kata, un outil agile d’amélioration d’un processus ou d’un fonctionnement pour atteindre des buts ambitieux dans des conditions complexes et dynamiques. Venez expérimenter les liens puissants entre créativité et agilité et challenger votre agilité et votre créativité en équipe !
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Développer ses capacités d’écoute au travers de ses émotions. • Identifier et exprimer ses émotions. • Comprendre le lien entre ses émotions, ses besoins et ses actes. .

À l’unisson de vos émotions (Français)
Présentateur : Cécile Ponchel
Les émotions sont les grandes oubliées en entreprise aujourd’hui, alors qu’elles régissent tout simplement notre vie, professionnelle comme personnelle. Je vous propose d’explorer l’outil d’écoute active au travers de vos émotions. A partir d’éléments de prospective qui vous seront présentés, vous identifierez ceux qui génèrent de la peur, de la colère, de la tristesse et de la joie. Nous explorerons ensemble le vocabulaire des émotions, dans l’objectif de comprendre quels sont les besoins satisfaits ou insatisfaits qui se cachent derrière. En utilisant les principes de la Communication Non Violente, vous pourrez mesurer l’impact de vos émotions sur vos actions et donc en quoi l’attention à ses émotions profondes peut être un levier de transformation et d’engagement.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Comprendre le modèle Kata. • Faire le lien entre créativité et agilité. • Expérimenter un processus de transformation à long terme.

SATURDAY 15 – SAMEDI 15 (h. 2:30-4:00 pm)

Adventuring in the change (in a strategic way) (English – Support en Français)
Presenter: Nadia Benedetti
The workshop is based on the adaptative tool ‘Adventure Pack’, from Neurocognitive Approach. By leveraging curiosity and creativity, it helps people shifting from a negative perception of a forced change, into a motivating perception of the opportunities generated by the change. Participants will work on major recent collective changes. They will rewrite the story of the changes in a strongly positive and motivating way by using LEGO bricks as a creative tool to express ideas.
Learning objectives:
• Experience a powerful tool to accept change. • Explore situations in with curiosity, putting things into perspective. • Rewrite the narration of change to perceive the opportunities on top of the losses.

Biodanza for a change! (English – Support en Français)
Presenter: Sophie Harvey
“When I let myself be what I am, I become what I could be.” Lao Tseu
Biodanza is a powerful, proven process for stimulating vital energy, to improve integration between mind and body and to rehabilitate a natural instinctive expression of life and creativity. Biodanza is a set of joyful, liberating “exercises in movement” to a variety of carefully chosen music. And it is not necessary to know how to dance!
Learning objectives:
• Harmonize thinking, feeling and doing. • Vitalize non-verbal communication and expression to improve creative skills. • Awaken the pleasure of moving and stimulate joy

The Journey (English)
Presenter: Tim Hurson
It is said that life is a journey. It may be full of peril or joy. Perhaps a chance to see the peril in the joy and the joy in the peril. Our journey may be predetermined. We don’t know. But what we make of our journey can be ours to chose. Agony? Joy? Love? Learning? Despair? Opening? Perhaps a guide or inspiration for others. Come on a journey to explore your journey’s possibilities. It’s impossible for you to be disappointed. After all, it’s about the thing you love most.
Learning objectives:
• Explore your journey so far and discover the possible journeys to come. • Experience a practice to help you navigate the journeys you encounter. • Learn a way to learn to fully experience each journey you make.

True Colors; Learn how you best work and work with others (English)
Presenter: Jen Karno
The True Colors program is a temperament and personality typing program that helps people understand and recognize their similarities which builds self awareness, and their differences that can lead to miscommunication and conflict. Whatever challenges and changes one may be facing at home, in school, or in the workplace, this program has solutions that work to help with communication on many levels. The True Colors system uses an assessment and then assigns colors to differentiate personality types. These colors lay the foundation of True Colors’ fun and insightful personality-identification system. Participants learn what areas of growth and change they would like to implement and what strengths and areas of their style fits best in all areas of their lives to produce optimal outcomes.
Learning objectives:
• To reframe and see opportunities and new pathways forward and learning lessons. • To embrace creativity and building from what is and making something new. • Bring to light the importance of being seen, heard and engaged.

Playsonality: What’s your Play DNA? (English)
Presenter: Jacqueline Lloyd Smith
Playsonality: Test your DNPlay to find out your unique Playsonality style. Why is Adult Play so important? How we play is directly linked to how we learn, think, work, feel, perform, and interact with others. What you learn in play you remember for life! Do you run with scissors or play well with others? Time to find out. If you are looking for a new way to engage with your team and you want to add more fun to your work or workplace culture, this session is designed for you. You will walk away with not only new insights about the power of play and how we all use play every day, but also a new tool that you can put to use immediately to improve team performance, while adding more play to your corporate culture as you uncover your play style with this fun online app.”
Learning objectives:
• Facilitate and explore play on a deeper and more meaningful level. • Explore how our play style paves the way to the flow state and leads to top performance. • Apply and add new and unique tools and techniques to your play toy chest.

Le Vortex, ou l’émergence créative (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Christine Bout De l’An
Face à un problème complexe, dont les composantes sont évolutives et paradoxales, les démarches conventionnelles de créativité sont parfois inadaptées : le temps de compléter une étape du processus, le problème a changé…. Venez découvrir l’émergence créative avec le Vortex, une alternative à la respiration divergence/convergence ! Le Vortex vous aidera à sortir du modèle problème / solution pour vous projeter dans un schéma situation / intention. Avec le Vortex, laissez émerger la solution qui est en vous !
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Comprendre ou appréhender le phénomène d’émergence en créativité. • Découvrir l’œil du Vortex, réceptacle du phénomène d’émergence. • Aborder un problème pour le transformer en situation.

L’appel des nécessités (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Isabel Gilbert
Si, comme le dit l’adage, la Nécessité est mère de la créativité, c’est parce qu’elle crée un déséquilibre, comme un appel d’air qui nous pousse à l’aventure. Loin d’être une simple tendance, la créativité est avant tout une réponse à un ou plusieurs défis auxquels nous n’avons plus le choix de nous soumettre. Après 2 ans de recherches et de modélisation, Isabel vous livre ici le cadran des 5 Nécessités initiatiques auxquelles se soumettent les grands créateurs à travers le monde. Du Besoin physiologique à l’Inspiration divine, explorez et découvrez les différentes Nécessités à l’œuvre dans vos projets. Et si vous preniez le temps de tisser chacun de vos défis créatifs comme on tisse la toile d’un attrape-rêve ?
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Mieux comprendre la diversité des besoins à l’origine d’un changement. • Sortir de la dualité Motivation personnelle VS Devoir sociétal. • Donner davantage de sens à un projet.

Modéliser la pensée par le prototypage (Français)
Présentateur : Bruno Poyard
Les représentations physiques (croquis, modélisations, scénarios d’usage…) sont éprouvées depuis de nombreuses années dans le domaine du design pour faciliter les activités de conception, saisir l’impact de situations complexes ou visualiser une étape du travail. Collaboration, communication, construction évolutive du sens, approche ludique de la complexité, le prototypage invite à une manipulation simple et directe en convoquant des techniques concrètes, rapides, faciles à manipuler et bon marché. Il s’agit de médiation par le design.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Rendre visible l’intangible d’une pensée. • Prendre conscience des biais cognitifs engendrés par le choix des médiums. • Manipuler des prototypes avec des techniques simples et directes.

SATURDAY 15 – SAMEDI 15 (h. 4:30-6:00 pm)

Soundscapes (English)
Presenters: Alessia Berti & Dimitrij Zanusso
“When I let myself be what I am, I become what I could be.” Lao Tseu
Lost sounds. Forgotten sounds. Sounds that transform you. Inside. What do we mean by “”exploring a landscape””? What is photography in a podcast? In this workshop you will learn how to build the backbone of your future podcast. You will start by simply looking at a landscape in a new way. By training your ears. By letting go of what you know and becoming enraptured by sounds that – seemingly – you have never heard before. You will search for the lost sounds in a landscape of your choice and capture the ones that might be lost some day soon. Listen with new you ears. Listen again. Find your own unique perspective to tell the story of your own journey through change while it happens. Congrats. You have just started shaping your future podcast.
Learning objectives:
• Train your ears to listen in a new way. • Experiment different ways to record sounds and voices with the device you have. • Shape a sound architecture.

The next level of Facilitation: How to use metaphors to create a full experience (English)
Presenter: Judith de Jong
Welcome to this playful and meaningful workshop for facilitators and trainers. You already make programs that deliver the desired result of a session. Are you also used to make that session a total experience by using a recurring theme? We will explore how using a metaphor further enhances the session. As a facilitator, it gives you inspiration for the program, working methods and materials. For the participants, it will become a memorable meeting.
Learning objectives:
• Find a metaphor and use it in the overall program set-up. • Choose or tweak working methods so they fit in the theme. • Incorporate the metaphor in materials, e.g. flips, templates, token, room setup and decoration.

Create Your Life (or not) (English – Support en Français)
Presenter: Maggie Dugan
When life presents us with a big challenge, change is forced upon us. But then at other times, we feel restless and we make our own change. Either way, creativity is required, whether we need to adapt to change, or to engineer it. This workshop is a chance to reflect on the forces of change in our lives, past, present and future, and how to harness our creative energy to navigate those changes.
Learning objectives:
• Build awareness of the impact you have on your environment and its impact on you. • Take stock of the changes you’ve made, and those you’ve responded to. • Map your creative preference, when it comes to managing changes

Parallax Shift (English)
Presenter: Tim Hurson
The biggest barrier to positive change is getting stuck in your same old way of looking at the world. If you have the
courage (yes it takes courage) to want to see things from a new angle and in a new light, you’ll discover a tool you can
use at home or work. You can start to see your situation, your challenges, your world, with new eyes. This session is
not simply interactive. The only thing it’s about is you.
Learning objectives:
• Enhance your ability to appropriately evaluate how you see the world. • Get a chance to explore how you might see it differently, more completely, more usefully. • Learn a way to apply new perspectives and a new tool to your current and future actions.

Learning from the Labyrinth in the Four Square (English)
Presenter: Anthony Hyatt
It is widely known that labyrinths are places for contemplative journeys and meditation. They also are maps of the change process. Our friend and colleague Joe Miguez spent the last decades of his life sharing Labyrinth Xperiences around the world. He focused upon the architectural principles of “the lab” to design accessible labyrinth-based creativity tools. The Four Square is one of them. We will go there to “slow down so that we can go faster”.
Learning objectives:
• Experience moving through an elegant geography that comes from the labyrinth. • Journey through the quadrants to the center then make the return. • Allow the emergence of self-discovery, new ideas and intentions.

Le N.A.V.I.R.E : Venez vous confronter aux courants contraires (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Édouard Le Maréchal
Vous avez remarqué ? Parfois les meilleures idées reçoivent un accueil tellement négatif qu’on se demande si les gens ont compris de quoi il s’agissait. Immédiatement, elles sont perçues comme risquées, menaçantes, ou même vaines et naïves… Quand c’est nous qui les proposons, nous trouvons cela profondément injuste. Dans cet atelier, je vous propose d’expérimenter une situation déstabilisante pour explorer vos propres dynamiques face à l’imprévu, à l’adversité, pour apprendre à les décrypter et à les utiliser efficacement.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Prendre conscience de la diversité des postures face à l’imprévu et au risque. • Comprendre en quoi ces postures sont à la fois des résistances et de dynamiques créatives. • Découvrir l’outil du N.A.V.I.R.E., qui vous permettra de naviguer avec clairvoyance dans l’adversité apparente.

L’hypersensibilité et la créativité – Se connecter à son être et à son corps (Français)
Présentateurs : Brigitte de Boucaud & Yves Chambert-Loir
Après avoir défini ce qu’est l’hypersensibilité, nous partagerons nos expériences vécues pour apprivoiser cet état d’être, puis nous ferons le lien avec le corps, la créativité et les neurosciences, afin de vous amener à vous reconnecter à votre être profond. Tenue conseillée : tenue souple et confortable. C’est en passant par l’expression corporelle, que vous serez invités à incarner chacun.e à votre manière, avec la singularité qui vous est propre, les différentes spécificités de l’hypersensibilité : les émotions, l’empathie, la créativité associative, le corps et les 5 sens, la force du mental et de la cognition. Puis nous chercherons des idées et des solutions pour que ces qualités sensibles deviennent des forces pour soi, en 2 groupes en miroir, via une expression créative avec le corps d’une part, et la description des ressentis sous forme de peinture, de mots, de dessins… d’autre part.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Acquérir une meilleure connaissance de l’hypersensibilité. • Échanger autour d’expériences vécues. • Expérimenter des idées “qui passent par le corps” pour faire de l’HS une force.

Pouvoir, allié ou ennemi dans un processus de changement (Français – Support in English)
Présentateurs : Yvane Piolet & Anne Vermès
Nous vous proposons de challenger la notion de pouvoir au sein des organisations au travers d’exemples de leaders puissants. Vous expérimenterez cette posture de leader dans laquelle le pouvoir est au cœur d’un processus avec toutes les caractéristiques comportementales, d’actions et de communication. Nous en dégagerons les leviers et freins afin de mettre en évidence le passage d’un leadership de devant à un leadership basé à l’arrière. Vous découvrirez quelques outils de ce leader nouvelle génération.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Explorer différents styles de pouvoir et identifier celui que vous cherchez à exprimer. • En s’inspirant de l’Histoire et de la philosophie, découvrir les différents leviers et freins de pouvoir dans des phases de changement. • Découvrir des outils et techniques pour aller vers une gouvernance partagée.

SUNDAY 16 – DIMANCHE 16 (h. 9:00-10:00 pm)

Innovate like an elephant (English)
Presenters: Alessia Berti & Joe Gammal
The Innovation World and the Operational World are two worlds in which we live and work. Both are important… and we can’t think in both simultaneously. Through embodied exercises we’ll explore these worlds, their differences, and the mindsets and behaviors required to flex back and forth fluidly.
Learning objectives:
• Reflect on the dynamics and cycles between Innovation World and Operational World. • Explore them metaphorically and experience them in your body while walking in, out and through each world. • Make new connections to your life and your CREA experience and walk out of the Conference with new awareness.

Exploring Your Creative Mission (English)
Presenter: Midori Evans
What creative pursuits are you currently engaged in? Art, cooking, business development? No matter what they are, Exploring Your Creative Mission takes a deep look at where you are putting your energy and what lies ahead in your creative path. Through nature photography, writing prompts, and guided feedback, the session opens the door to how you are fulfilling your creative mission and how to re-direct if you are offtrack. Bring a willingness to discern new ways forward.
Learning objectives:
• Learn what a creative mission is and how to choose or focus on theirs. • Share and learn from each other as they lay down old patterns. • Answer the question “What do I want to change and how will I do it?”

Mining for Gold, Silver and… Ourselves (English – Support en Français)
Presenter: Paolo Sbuttoni
For each of us, CREA is unique… a personally meaningful experience. And yet we do have something important in common: the requirement to return to the “real world,” and a strong desire to successfully extract and incorporate our CREA learnings and significant insights. This session is designed to help us do that. We’ll work together, using a variety of experiential activities and creative tools to discover the “gold and the silver and eventually something more”. (This workshop is dedicated to our beloved master & teacher Jeanne Chatigny who helped us find the best in ourselves.)
Learning objectives:
• Uncover the take-home “gold” -the authentic treasure- by sifting through the numerous events and experiences of the week at CREA. • Recall the key events, learnings and insights experienced, some of which may have been forgotten.• Enjoy the process!.

Visual Notebooks: creative mark-making to value many ways of knowing (English)
Presenter: Kristin Stanec
Learn how Visual Notebooks change traditional education methods to create an inclusive space where participants feel comfortable using their own languages (linguistic, metaphorical, and symbolic), backgrounds, and modes of learning. Visual Notebooks manifest commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through prompts that privilege intuition and embodied knowledge. In this session, we’ll practice creative mark-making skills and explore a curriculum that includes PowerPoint slides with daily or weekly reflections connecting self to course content and work goals.
Learning objectives:
• Explore visual mark-making as an inclusive pedagogy that supports wellbeing. • Experience reflective exercises that tap into various languages, intuition, and embodied practices. • Discover connections between creative change and one’s course content & work.

Devenir un leader pour soi avant de l’être pour les autres (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Geneviève Morand
Avant d’être un leader pour les autres, il s’agit de le devenir pour soi-même. Comment développer le potentiel de son équipe sans commencer par soi-même ? Force est de constater que le changement intérieur influence la transformation extérieure. Dès lors, le défi est d’affiner notre perception du réel, à commencer par notre propre perception de qui on est et de ce qui nous met en mouvement. Cet atelier se concentre sur la définition de notre mission de vie. L’être humain a toujours cherché à donner un sens à sa vie. Être capable de le formuler expressément, tel est le but de cet atelier. De même qu’une entreprise va où elle regarde et suit sa mission, de même en est-il pour chaque humain.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Éliciter votre mission de vie en 30 mots. • Préciser vos axes stratégiques grâce à votre mission de vie. • Ancrer votre action par une mise en œuvre consciente de votre orient (or-riant).

La liberté…et la créativité dans le cadre (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Yvane Piolet
Vous êtes plutôt cadre ou liberté ? Une polarité intéressante à explorer dans les organisations, certaines s’accrochant à la hiérarchie, d’autres basculant dans des modes horizontaux et autonomes, beaucoup étant bien perdues, les gestionnaires en premier, sur ce qu’il faudrait transformer pour augmenter la « performance créative » et la motivation des collaborateurs. Des exemples concrets nous permettront d’explorer comment trouver le bon dosage entre cadre et liberté et des outils vous seront présentés, afin de libérer l’énergie créative !
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Explorer les nouvelles formes d’organisation et les pratiques/outils qui vont avec. • Comprendre les bénéfices du cadre pour changer les aspects moins tangibles d’une organisation comme sa structure. • Explorer la notion de liberté pour soi, l’équipe et l’organisation.

SUNDAY 16 – DIMANCHE 16 (h. 10:30-11:30 pm)

Lyrical Questions (English)
Presenters: Jane Hilberry
Developed by poet Ross Gay, this magical exercise engages participants in a process of interviewing one another using unconventional “lyrical” questions. The structured experience lends itself to the kind of deep listening and empathic connection that forms the basis of trust in working groups. The exercise can be used to forge bonds between strangers or those with already close connections, and it can be used in the workplace, the classroom, or even in families.
Learning objectives:
• Cultivate empathic listening. • Learn how to quickly create bonds in a group. • Explore the power of randomness in creative thinking.

Chasing the Third Third: accessing our hidden genius (English)
Presenters: Tim Hurson
A dialogue session for advanced practitioners interested in exploring emergent, three-dimensional thinking, intuitive and embodied approaches to materializing unexpected connections, and illuminating hidden possibilities.
Learning objectives:
• Explore the concept of, and useful metaphors for, emergent thinking. • Explore tools that may be useful in reaching third third thinking. • Discuss ways of introducing others to the practice of emergent thinking.

Mycelium: a socio-ecological-embodied exploration for relational creativity (English)
Presenters: Alessandra Marazzi
Through embodiment practices, we explore the “How” of creation in the Mycelium, which is fluid, relational and inherently good. With a trans-contextual format, we bring this exploration into our experience of life to derive insights and practices to shift from reactive to creative.
Learning objectives:
• Experience mycelium creative responses to complex problem and transform them into insights for our life. • Expand capacity for the orienting in the unknown by connecting to deep intention, deep care and flow.. • Develop a soma that is fluid and creative.

PowerPitch – How to sell your projects and your ideas using business storytelling (English)
Presenters: Augusto Pirovano
Great communication skills are an unfair career advantage. When you are actually communicating your ideas you are transforming your audience and making visible the value of your work.
Learning objectives:
• Transform your audience and craft an engaging story around your idea. • Read your audience’s mind to empower your message. • Choose a memorable visual representation to abstract concepts.

Histoires de changements, changements d’histoires (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Philippe Brasseur
Changer, c’est changer deux fois : la réalité et la perception que nous en avons. Cet atelier, inspiré des pratiques narratives, invite à « raconter l’histoire du changement » auquel vous aspirez… et à « changer les histoires que vous vous racontez» (au point parfois de vous identifier à vos problèmes). Passionné par le récit, l’imaginaire et la facilitation créative, Philippe Brasseur vous fait découvrir une tout autre manière d’emmener vos publics en terre créative.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Découvrir les pratiques narratives comme une démarche puissante de créativité. • Traiter les histoires de problèmes (= les représentations) plutôt que les problèmes eux-mêmes. • Changer et enrichir vos démarches habituelles de facilitateur en créativité.

SIBI : explorer le chaos par le chaos (Français – Support in English)
Présentateur : Lydia Martraire
Captez les signaux faibles, explorez le champ des possibles pour une transformation créative.
L’approche SIBI, telle une CB, permet de se mettre en contact et de devenir un canal de transformation créative. Venez
découvrir, en avant-première mondiale (oui, oui c’est vrai !!), cette approche innovante et audacieuse qui laisse la
place au chaos pour embrasser le changement avec toute la puissance de votre créativité.
Objectifs d’apprentissage :
• Identifier les signaux faibles. • Découvrir des capteurs de signaux faibles. • Apprivoiser l’approche SIBI.