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Mindcamp Choice Session Description

Facilitating Technique
3 levels of stretch
(Clare Dus, Kristen Peterson)
60 minutes

This is not a tools session. It's all about technique. A paintbrush in an amateur's hand is quite different than being in a master painter's hand.

We've all been in meetings to brainstorm ideas or discuss consumer needs or plan the steps to move a project forward. What often happens is people share the same ideas, the same data or the same action steps they've thought of before. And the meeting is over.

Getting to the 3rd 3rd of Thinking* is a divergent thinking technique designed to expand and stretch thinking beyond "we've thought of this before". This session will explore using 3rd 3rd Thinking in all 4 stages of creative problem solving: Clarify – Ideate – Develop - Implement


*Tim Hurson, “The Miracle of the Third Third,” Think Better, New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018, 2008.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Understanding the levels of divergent thinking across all phases of problem solving
  • Practice applying the 3 levels of divergent thinking using creative and critical thinking process tools
  • Develop your own list of questions within your facilitation script
Clare Dus
Chatham, NJ
As Vice President of Managed Services at Sensory Spectrum, Clare leads the teams that design and execute technical approaches within the world of sensory product and consumer understanding.

With over 30 years’ experience consulting to the consumer products industry, she has tasted, smelled, felt, listened to, and looked at a wide range of both food and non-food. Clare is a trained facilitator in Creative Problem Solving and uses her skills to design and execute unique testing methodologies and leads development teams for Consumer Storytelling, Sequence Mapping and Co-Creation Consumer Labs. She chairs the Strategic Planning and Nomination Committee for SSP (Society of Sensory Professionals). Clare is a long-time faculty-member for the Creative Problem-Solving Institute and a Distinguished Leader Awardee. From 2012-2019, she served as a trustee for the Creative Education Foundation and was Vice-Chair on the Executive Committee for six years.

Clare has a B.S. in Food Science from Rutgers University and a Certificate of Mastery from Polarity Partnerships.

Clare is a returning presenter.

Kristen Peterson
New Seabury, MA
Kristen Peterson is a co-founder of Mindcamp. A camp director by nature and nurture, she can usually be found with a clipboard in hand. Kristen is a master facilitator, trainer and organizational development consultant who focuses on the people skills organizations need to create growth through creativity and innovation. She brings a big dose of passion, energy & infectious can-do mentality to her work as an Innovation Catalyst as well as 20 years of hands-on experience for global clients such as Avery Dennison, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Clorox, Conagra, Disney, Google, Kellogg, L’Oréal, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Starbucks.

She is the former Director of the Creative Problem Solving Institute and holds an MSc in Creativity and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York at Buffalo. For fun and to stretch her brain Kristen completed the Improvisation Program at the Second City, Toronto.

Kristen is a returning presenter.

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