2019 Session Description

Samurai Wisdom
Exploring Your Edge

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Immersion
Thursday 1:30pm • Court 16
Time and location subject to change (what isn't?)

Using the metaphor of the mighty Samurai warrior, this workshop will explore our behaviors when we are competing within organizational structures, in handling and responding to authority, or simply, in any game we play to win.

The war simulation offers large group role-playing techniques that allow participants to examine individual and group behavioral outcomes in competition and cooperation modes. The simulations are not strenuous but do require exactness and alertness.

Participants will become aware of their processes in high stakes situations, i.e. how their thinking can support and provide rigor to physical tasks, or unravel physical awareness.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Understanding the art of war through the Samurai philosophy
  • Self-Awareness around personal behaviors when in competition and cooperation, leading and following modes
  • Reflection on personal experiences and insights while you explore your edges
Jay Aquilanti
Mission Viejo, CA
Jay Aquilanti, a California-based practitioner in creative problem solving within the in-house creative agency of Disney Parks Worldwide.

As a veteran and past presenter at various creativity gatherings over the past decade (Mindcamp, CPSI, CREA) he is a past board member of the Creative Education Foundation (C.E.F.) and co-founder of Mindcamp SW.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jay has called Southern California home since 2002. He's raising three dynamic and fierce daughters and shares his life with his partner, Tony and his three sons. Life is busy but wonderful!


This is Jay's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
Kristen Peterson
New Seabury, MA
Kristen Peterson is one of the founders of Mindcamp. A camp director by nature and nurture, she can usually be found with a clipboard in hand. She brings a big dose of passion, energy, and infectious can-do spirit to her work as an Innovation Catalyst as well as 20 years of hands-on experience for global clients.

She is a Senior Partner with New & Improved, LLC., an organizational development firm that focuses on the people skills organizations need to create growth through innovation. 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.


Kristen is a returning presenter. Click to see what they've presented in the past.

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