A Taste of Mindcamp (I Failed!)

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One of a series of posts profiling some of the 100+ hours of Mindcamp programs you can take this summer. For more on this and other programs, go to: Mindcamp Sessions.

Failure Academy

Learning to laugh in the (sometimes painful) face of learning

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“Some day, you’ll look back at this and laugh.” Ever been on the receiving end of those words? Welcome to a highly non-exclusive club — join us in a group debrief of the things we’ve messed up. We’ll weave-in some deliberate techniques from laughing yoga to ensure you won’t go to your next session without some sore abs. This workshop will help you re-frame the ways you think about the ways you feel about situations that don’t go as planned. We’ll review some hilarious classic cases and then shift to enjoying our own fails and developing useful strategies for intrapersonal growth, corporate training, team-development, coaching, and organizational culture/development work.

The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session

  • Comfort with the idea of re-framing failure as learning-in-disguise
  • Crowdsourced techniques to fail-up (or in the direction of growth/learning)
  • F(ailure)-buddies

Nathan Schwagler is founding Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs. He is certified in Creative Problem Solving, LEGO Serious Play, and both the Entrepreneurial Mindset and FourSight profiles. Before joining the Dalí, he was America’s first Business School “Creative-In-Residence” at UCF, St. Petersburg. He is author of peer-reviewed and popular press articles, holds a BA in Psychology (SUNY Buffalo State) and MScs in Creative Problem Solving (International Center for Studies in Creativity) and Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies (UCF, Muma College of Business).

Janet Carmody is director of corporate culture and a member of the program marketing team at Callyo, a groundbreaking company combating global human trafficking through simple, creative technology. Janet also assists in program facilitation at The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs. At Dalí, Janet helps guide participants through creative problem solving to transform ideas into actionable steps for their program or business. Janet is known locally in St. Petersburg, Florida for her gothic art installations on display throughout the city each October.