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No one ever steps in the same river twice.
How do you change?
How do you learn, adapt and create?
How do you develop your individual creativity?
How do you foster the innovative potential of your organization?
How do you not get left behind?
then the Farnam Street Re:Think Innovation workshop is for you.
We will introduce you to fundamental ideas
and techniques to help you develop your own
personal capacity for innovation, and help you
understand the mechanisms and practices
you need to foster innovation in your organization.
unless you can see it in yourself.
and exercises, the core principles for awakening
innovative thinking, and explore how these can be
applied to both personal practice as well as to
for anyone who wants to develop their capacity to
engage with new ideas, as a creator,
as a promoter, or as a steward.
What do people say ?
— Ben Gatzke
Original, eclectic & thought-provoking."
— Kelly Evans, co-anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC
— Tracy Alloway, Financial Times
— Rebecca Jackson
— Russ Thorton
and absolutely-mindblowing … look no further …”
– 100 Tiny Sparks
— Chad Langager
— Chris Harvey
about the world, about knowledge, about oneself”
— Carlos Garay
— Jan Michael Yap
— Marcius Fabiani
infinitely more useful than reading yet another business book for me."
— Arjun Balaji
— Mark Peters
The Core Principles
You will never create something new unless you are open to newness, to strangeness, to the liberating question of “what if...?”
Curiosity is not a limited resource. You don't ask ten questions and then stop. Being curious is a way of living in the world and appreciating that you don't know everything, that you haven't seen everything, and that the most interesting thoughts can be triggered by the unlikeliest of stimuli.
Do we create something from nothing? Great ideas most often spring from seeing interesting connections between seemingly unrelated concepts.
By being curious, we become capable of taking two very different things, placing an “and” between them, and exploring the vision of what might happen.
Metaphor, allegory, imagery... We need to use language to trigger the potential of our new ideas in others.
Metaphors allow us to see fundamental truths.
They bring energy to ideas. They help us, together, to recognize the power that infuses the new combinations we are exploring.
Powerful innovations are often disruptive. A compelling new idea does not respect custom.
If you want to unleash, fully, then you need to accept giving up some control, because you cannot predict what you are innovating toward, or the full impact of what you achieve.
“Invert, always invert.” We are challenged by action. We want to be seen as doing. But, in fact, for everything that we plan to do to bring us closer to our goals, we can easily compromise by doing something else that negates the benefit.
When we use inversion, we discover the contradictions in our lives and work, the ways we self-sabotage, and when we recognize them, we can not do them, and by being inactive, move closer.
“We are what we do repeatedly.” Once we understand these principles, and can see how they fit in our individual identities, we can then examine how to make them part of our lives, both personal and professional. When we make something into a practice, we transform it from something out there into an integral part of our self.
Who should attend?
organizations and foster a culture of innovation;
increase the number and quality of innovative outcomes;
Students who want to strengthen their ability to
learn and understand across disciplines;
ability to be innovative and apply it both
at work and at home.
At the end of this workshop, you will have:
An understanding of the key principles
necessary for innovation.
A concept for how they can be implemented
and supported, in both your personal
life and your organization.
A deep understanding of what it means for you to
be both a learner, and a creator.
A direction to a more creative life.
Some amazing new contacts from
a group of incredibly interesting people.
Wednesday, September 24th
Cocktail Reception, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 25th
The principles of curiosity, combinatory play, and metaphor.
Friday, September 26th
The principle of uncertain outcomes, practice, and a way forward.
Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Problem Solver
Shane is the founder of Farnam Street, a blog that has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and most recently Forbes.
Facilitator, Explorer and Learner
With a M.Ed. specializing in adult education, Neil manages and teaches in areas such as innovation, leadership and change management. Neil has spent a great deal of his professional life working and traveling in North America, the Middle-East, China and Japan.