2018 Session Description

Creativity Beyond “A-ha!”

For adults • Mind U session
Category: Strategies
9:00am daily • Centennial 15
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

Interested in a holistic view of creativity?
Curious about how to be more creative?
Want to see a couple of cute and funny facilitators?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this session is for you.

Creativity is more than the spark of an idea or that “Ah Ha!” moment.

How do promising athletes, musicians, scientists, and just plain folks get to be exceptional? They probably start with natural talent, but talent alone isn’t enough. They’re also probably disciplined about practicing, but even 10,000 hours isn’t enough—by itself. Time and talent are necessary—but not sufficient.

To be truly exceptional, you need tools and structures that extend your natural abilities. You’d have a hard time banging a nail into a board without a hammer. The hammer is a simple tool that makes your swing more powerful. It’s the same with creativity. You need to harness your natural talent, but to get good—really good—you’ll also need tools and structures that can help you think more powerfully.

In this program we’ll use a structure called the Four P’s to explore personal approaches to creativity; discover and practice mindsets that support creative processes; identify methods of fostering more creative environments, and uncover what makes a product creative.

Join us in this journey of moving from just “ah ha” to a practice of becoming a more structured problem solver, facilitator, or leader.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Gain a deeper understanding of creativity in yourself and others
  • Explore tools and structures to foster creativity in yourself and others
  • Learn Mel Rhodes’s four P’s framework—creative Person, creative Process, creative Product or outcome, and creative Press or environment

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Dan Bigonesse
Ottawa, ON

As a trainer and facilitator, Dan has spent the last 17 years helping people expand their thinking and discover new possibilities. With his quick wit, probing questioning skills and productive thinking techniques Dan helps clients engage their whole brain, and find productive solutions to their challenges.

Whether facilitating a training workshop, a new product ideation, a strategic planning session, or just a plain old meeting, Dan brings his positive energy and passion to the task. He is known for delivering high content sessions in a relaxed and entertaining style. Underlying Dan’s passion for productive thinking is a deep commitment to helping people learn and achieve useful outcomes.

Dan is a member of the Creative Education Foundation and on the faculty of the Creative Problem Solving Institute. He is also a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

When not working, you can find Dan training to master the arts of jiu-jitsu, cooking and photography.

Dan is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.

Katie Tagye
Orlando, FL

Katie Tagye is the Director of Organizational Design and Development at Valencia College. Katie has the unique opportunity to work in the Collaborative Design Center, a space designed to encourage innovation, creative problem solving, and collaboration by design.

Katie focuses on engaging college faculty and staff in discovering and designing ways to use creative thinking and collaboration to positively impact the success of students as well as the culture and the work of the college.

Katie was a Professor of Communication at Valencia for 9 years and has worked at the college since 2001 in various departments. She is a certified practitioner of the FourSight, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and DiSC assessments.

Katie is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.

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