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No one ever steps in the same river twice.

Our world is in motion; changes, both large and small, fill the space in which we exist.

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?

If these are questions that occupy your thoughts,
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.

... Because we believe that you cannot have innovation in your organization
unless you can see it in yourself.

~ 2 Days ~

We will examine, through presentation, discussion 
and exercises, the core principles for awakening
innovative thinking, and explore how these can be
applied to both personal practice as well as to
organizational challenges.

This is not solely for businesspersons, but rather
for anyone who wants to develop their capacity to
engage with new ideas, as a creator,
as a promoter, or as a steward.

This is for the person who wants to enter the ever-flowing river and not be swept away or left behind.

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— Ben Gatzke

"If you're not following @farnamstreet's blog via email or RSS, you're missing out.
Original, eclectic & thought-provoking."
Kelly Evans, co-anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC

“A Big Fan”
Tracy Alloway, Financial Times

"a secret source/sauce of brilliant insight”
— Paul Marsden

“... an oasis in an internet of celebrity-obsession, soundbites and misinformation.”
— Rebecca Jackson

"Want to go to bed smarter than you were when you woke up this morning? "
— Russ Thorton

“If your brain is itching for the most thought-provoking, conversation-starting,
and absolutely-mindblowing … look no further …”
– 100 Tiny Sparks

“Highly recommend ...”
— Chad Langager

“A unique perspective ...”
— Chris Harvey

“... a wonderful forum for learning how to think …
about the world, about knowledge, about oneself”
— Carlos Garay

“Truly a gold mine ...  filled with wisdom and information.”
— Jan Michael Yap

"So much insight and wisdom. It has helped me a lot with my professional duties...”
— Marcius Fabiani

"... gives me a much different perspective;
infinitely more useful than reading yet another business book for me."
— Arjun Balaji

"... invaluable insight to draw upon when things get complicated."
— Mark Peters

It's time to Re:Think Innovation

The Core Principles

  • Curiosity

    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.

  • Combinatory Play

    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

    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.

  • Uncertain Outcomes

    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.

  • Inversion

    “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.

  • Practice

    “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?

Senior Leaders who want to transform their
organizations and foster a culture of innovation;

Managers and Team Leaders who want to
increase the number and quality of innovative outcomes;

Students who want to strengthen their ability to
learn and understand across disciplines;

People like you and me who want to develop their
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.


Shane Parrish

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.

Neil Cruickshank

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.

Location: Conrad, Chicago


Conrad Hotel, 521 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL

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