2018 Session Description

Break the Pot?

For adults • Mind U session
Category: Strategies
Maximum Participants: 18
9:00am daily • Daniel Centre
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

What is the difference between the DNA of a Bonsai oak that rises barely 10 inches from its soil and that of a natural oak that soars 100 feet or more?

Nothing. Their seeds are the same. One has a pot, the other not. The Bonsai is delicate, yet constrained, the forest oak powerful, yet unprotected.

Where does beauty lie? In careful curation or courageous confidence? Where does compassion lie? In embrace or release? The Bonsai is tended, admired, safe—and tamed. The forest oak is wild, powerful, vulnerable—and free.

Join Matteo and Tim as we imagine what it might mean to break the pots that contain us.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Explore the nature of our personal pots—what they are made of, what they are not
  • Examine why it is difficult to break our pots—how resilient and resistant they can be
  • Experiment with ways, means, times, and tools that might help us reimagine our relationships to the pots that hold us

Copyright: yellowj / 123RF Stock Photo

Matteo Catullo
Milan, Italy

Graduated in Economy and Commerce, Manager, Consultant, Partner and General manager of Catullo & Sylwan Advertising Agency, Matteo is also a marketing consultant, theater actor, mathematician, poet, and star hunter. He is a co-founder and board member of Creativity European Association (CREA Italia) and of CREA Conference.

Over the last few years, Matteo has developed and co-developed many new programs: Pathfinder, The Art of Deferring Judgment, Creative Convergence, How to Create a Creative Climate, and Look Again.

Matteo is internationally acclaimed for his work in stimulating creative imagination and creative potential. More important, he is father of Gaia and Davide, grandfather of Pietro and Marco, and friend of all creative people. Matteo holds the Italian absolute record and award for the most handshakes and hugs.

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

Tim Hurson
Toronto, ON

Throughout his career, Tim has helped global corporations solve problems and seize opportunities. He spent 15 years as a founding partner of Manifest Communications, where he discovered the unique synergy to be had by combining the principles of creative thinking, marketing, and sales.

The result of his experience in both marketing/sales and strategic innovation is the basis for the principles and tools in his books: Think Better and Never Be Closing (co-written with Tim Dunne). He is currently working on a new project: Do it Better.

Tim speaks around the world about how to develop creative leadership to manage change rather than be swamped by it, and has guest lectured in business schools in the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, Chile, and Australia. He is a founding director of several no-for-profit organizations, including Mindcamp.

Tim thinks the phrase “out of the box thinking” should be put back in the box and buried in a deep hole.

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


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