Workshops for Everyone

The Creative Education Foundation offers a number of programs and workshops in the application of Creative Problem Solving.

Guest Star Series

Join us as we host three Guest Star workshops

This series is underwritten by Seed Strategy!

Story Problem Solving

Presenter: Brian Kalina
Date: 6:00-7:30 PM EST, October 6, 2021

“The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.” – Mary Catherine Bateson

This session is for anybody looking to deepen their understanding of Creative Problem Solving through stories.

This session will present a tangible framework based on Creative Problem Solving (CPS) to tackle challenges and solve problems using elements found within literary fiction. The framework of Story Problem Solving (SPS) is a new tool that builds directly upon CPS.

The idea behind Story Problem Solving comes from a love of storytelling and literature. Story Problem Solving starts by presenting a library of universal story arcs found in classic literature. The story arcs are broken down into the four main stages of CPS (Clarify, Ideate, Develop, Implement) and the problem solver uses them as a blueprint to work through and solve their own challenge.

Cost is reduced to $75.00 per attendee thanks to underwriting by Seed Strategy.

Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations. 

Brian Kalina

Brian Kalina

CoLab CPS Facilitator at FCB Health

Brian has attended many CPSI Conferences and has served on the core faculty. He has facilitated CPS since 2013 and runs the CoLab at FCB Health where he designs, develops and delivers collaborative sessions using CPS to craft creative work and strategy. Brian, his wife, and kids live a full creative life at work, school, and home with a fully functional workshop and art studio in their house.

Mindful Agility: Finding Balance

Presenter: Michael Ackerbauer
Date: 1:00-2:30 EST, November 3, 2021

“Focus on being balanced. Success is balance.” – Laila Ali

This session is for anyone who missed Mike’s CPSI session, who wants to revisit that session, or who wants to deepen their learning about balance, agility, and mindfulness.

Two recent themes in professional development are agility and mindfulness. One is about understanding the dynamic nature of client service in turbulent times. The other speaks to our individual well-being and proactive approach to dealing with change. This interactive workshop explores the complementary relationship between agility and mindfulness that move teams from collaboration to co-creation.

Cost is reduced to $75.00 per attendee thanks to underwriting by Seed Strategy.

Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations. 

Michael Ackerbauer

Michael Ackerbauer

Whole Team Intrapreneur for IBM's Agile Academy

Michael Ackerbauer is a Whole Team Intrapreneur for IBM’s Agile Academy. His team’s mission is to cultivate a culture of servant leadership and self-directed teams. In that capacity, he has helped grow a worldwide, grassroots community of 60,000 agilists. Ackerbauer’s earlier work involved linking teams to exceptional tools and practices for extraordinary outcomes for their customers. A seasoned innovator, intrapreneur, Buffalo wings freak, and certified rock balancer, Ackerbauer specializes in developing the people who craft delightful outcomes for their clients and customers. He is especially passionate about facilitating breakthrough thinking as a leadership competency, creative cognition and structuring teams for deliberate innovation. He holds a Master of Science in Creative Studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY-Buffalo State and holds a PhD in creative leadership for innovation and change from the University of the Virgin Islands.

My Compass: Design Your Life’s Work With Joy and Intention

Presenters: Sari Gluckin and Laurel Komos
Date: 1:00-2:30 EST, January 12, 2022

“As you start to walk the way, the way appears.” – Rumi

This session is for those interested in exploring their next career opportunity or direction.

My Compass offers a path to explore what’s next for you. You’ll “read” your internal compass and find ways to revitalize your professional growth. Rediscover what’s unique about you, what makes you come alive and what you are most curious about learning next. Use these insights to create a vision board for your next gig, role or position. The themes within will reveal your path forward.

Our journey will unfold in two parts:

  • My Coordinates: A very short pre-workshop activity that reveals your unique strengths.
  • My Compass: A 2 hour generative session on Miro and Zoom that helps you explore the shape of your plan and ways to move forward.

We will provide a pdf booklet for those who would prefer to work “off the screen.”

Cost is reduced to $75.00 per attendee thanks to underwriting by Seed Strategy.

Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations. 

Sari Gluckin

Sari Gluckin

Founder of Wishful Thinking

Sari is a CEF core faculty member and a CPSI devotee. She brings a deep background as a MBA, designer, strategist, and integral coach. As the founder of Wishful Thinking, she leads innovation projects and hands-on workshops for diverse clients from small non-profits to multinational companies. She is also an adjunct professor at the IIT Institute of Design in Chicago where she teaches a course on Facilitation Methods and designs workshops around personal development.

Laurel Komos

Laurel Komos

Senior Experience Researcher at Salesforce

Laurel’s passion lies at the center of design, business, and people. After a 3-year stint in advertising and branding, Laurel completed her Master of Design degree at the IIT Institute of Design in Chicago out of a desire to bring a more human-centered mindset to her design practice. Now, she works as a Senior Experience Researcher at Salesforce, where she uses design methodologies to drive digital transformation for B2B customers.

Being Creative on Purpose

“It’s not just about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky​  

Our trainers will take you through the four stages in the Creative Problem Solving process so that you can work on a challenge that is important to you.

This session is for those looking to solve problems faster with deliberate creativity.

For dates and more information about this 90-minute, engaging training opportunity and make your goals a reality.

Cost is $165.50 per attendee.

Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations. 

Purposeful Creativity in the Classroom

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Our trainers will take you through the four stages in the Creative Problem Solving process. You will learn strategies for saying “no” less often, while still getting things done.

This session is for teachers, parents, grandparents, youth leaders or any other adults who are responsible for children.

For dates and more information about this 90-minute, engaging training opportunity and improve the quality of time you share with the children in your care.

Cost is $165.50 per attendee.

Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations. 

    Dread-Free Meetings: The Next Level

    “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Muriel Strode

    You will experience ice breakers, energizers, and activities to help you become a fabulous online facilitator. Your trainers will show you the ins and outs of digital whiteboards, offer breakout room strategies, and give top tips for keeping your audience in the palm of your hand.

    This session is for those looking to improve the level of engagement in their virtual sessions.

    For dates and more information about this 90-minute advanced training opportunity and make your next virtual session one to remember.

    Cost is $165.50 per attendee.

    Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations. 

      Crush Your Communications

      “We are all stories in the end. Make yours a good one.” The Doctor, Doctor Who

      Learn three story building tools that have their roots in the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process. These flexible, adaptable frameworks can be used at any point in the process of building and telling your story.

      This session is for those who want to craft better stories.

      For dates and more information about this 90-minute, interactive training opportunity and make your next story worth listening to.

      Cost is $165.50 per attendee.

      Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations.

      Level Up Your Virtual Team

      “Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” – Abraham Maslow

      Attendees will engage in various improv activities (yes, over Zoom!), followed by a debrief and discussion of uses for each game. Come ready to play and participate – there are no wallflowers in this session.

      This session is for team leaders and others who want to improve their interpersonal skills.

      For dates and more information about this interactive, engaging 90-minute training opportunity and break out of your everyday rut.

      Cost is $165.50 per attendee.

      Contact us for CEF member discounts or to learn how to save on 3 or more registrations. 

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