IMMERSION PROGRAMS 2019: CHOOSE ONE EACH DAY

This is a serie of one-day workshops that will offer an immersive learning experience focusing on emerging trends and best practices in the field of applied creativity. These workshops are designed and facilitated by experienced professionals based on current research and practical application. A choice of different workshops will be offered on Thursday and Friday: in this page you find the Immersion Programs in English.
Participants are asked to pre-register.
If you want to have a look at those in French, click here.

THURSDAY APRIL 11

The Emotional Complexity of Solving Problems
Journey 1: Touching the Wish, Clarification and Ideation

Facilitators: Ana Matic and Sylvain Rouillard
Offered in English with French support
(Two distinct and complementary immersion programs. You can take them both or choose only one).
This workshop will explore the various emotions triggered by the creative problem-solving process. In addition to the stages of the process one goes through an emotional journey. Think about it, before you start to be creative the first part is accepting there is a problem to be solved, or wish that is arising. Then one must choose the right way to frame and to tackle this challenge.
These are all emotional stages. Acceptance, making choices (which also means eliminating something), taking risks, uncertainty, etc. Being aware of these emotive responses, and understanding the complexity of the process makes you a more efficient problem solver. In Journey 1, through art techniques, you will venture into the emotional side of assessing the situation, clarification and ideation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discover the various emotions that could be triggered by assessing the situation, the clarification and ideation phases of the creative problem-solving process;
  • Pinpoint emotions that could enhance the flow of theses specific phases; and
  • Discover and create tools in order for individuals or groups to open up to specific and fruitful emotional states.

What Happens in the Chrysalis of the Butterfly?
Sketching Radical Change in a Complex Environment

Facilitators: Edouard Le Maréchal and Newell Eaton
Offered in English with French support
Disruption raises a mix of enthusiasm and fear. As innovators and entrepreneurs, our first reflex to lower our discomfort is to stick to a rigorous process which will help us fight doubt in the first place. Every stage is to be properly achieved one after another. Perfection becomes evidence that we are on the right track. Slowly, our courage to change the game is stifled by our step by step progression. And then we fail.
This immersion is about sketching the big picture of our innovation with no prior model, and thus make it unexpected, consistent, relevant and valuable at the same time. To do so, you will learn how to imagine the ramp-up of an innovation project you have not defined yet, how to build your communication without even knowing what it is about, or even imagine a business model with no figures.
The Butterfly Process is based on strategic foresight, systems thinking and chaos theory. It addresses those who struggle in their business or private life to accomplish a major change they think necessary, not to improve an existing situation, but to define a radically new one.

Learning Objectives:
  • Be able to sketch radical innovation or change through a set of tools;
  • Embed complexity as a way of thinking about innovation; and
  • Understand how differentiating goals from purposes makes it easier to succeed.

The Game

Facilitators: Dorte Nielsen and Rémi Sabouraud
Offered in English with French support
Welcome to our Radical Next Step Thinking game. Imagine you are on the board of a company. You are in charge of the vision and the strategy. You are going to play the game of “Radical Next Step Thinking”. A game designed to help you imagine a vision for the future.
The game is set in a time of change. You will meet the unforeseen, the unexpected, crazy challenges, pressure from the market, obstacles, new shapes of A.I, disruption, natural catastrophes and climate change. We will explore various tools, techniques and radical interference to enhance visionary, strategic and ideational thinking. It’s a pallet of brain starters, which will help you think ahead in a complex world. Step by step, we want you to practice thinking on your feet.
We will challenge you to be flexible and radical in your thinking as you face the challenges of tomorrow. At the end of the workshop we will step out of the game to look at how this method can be applied to every company or major brand as a tool for future innovation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Play the game of “Radical Next Step Thinking”;
  • Challenge thinking habits and status quo; and
  • Gain tools for future innovation to bring back to your own company.


FRIDAY APRIL 12

The Emotional Complexity of Solving Problems
Journey 2: Transformation of Ideas into Solutions and the Juicy Fruits for implementation

Facilitators: Clara Kluk and Yoel Kluk
(Two distinct and complementary immersion programs. You can take them both or choose only one).
Creative problem solving is a complex process. In addition to the stages of the process one goes through an emotional journey. In Journey 2 we start from ideation. Think about it, when ideating you must be divergent and convergent, it is a huge leap for your emotions. Generate a ton of ideas and don’t judge them, and then put all of yourself into selecting, evaluating and judging.
The emotional spectrum to go from one idea to many to developing a solution for others requires you to be able to let go of your judgment and your safe territory. You must feel you have chosen the most compelling and adequate solution even before it is actually implemented. In Journey 2, through art techniques, you will venture into the emotional side of ideating, developing solutions and making an action plan.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discover various emotions that could be triggered by the last phases of the creative problem-solving process;
  • Pinpoint emotional states that could enhance the flow of theses specific phases; and
  • Enrich your toolbox: Discover and create tools in order for individuals or groups to open up to specific and fruitful emotional states when engaging in these specific phases.

Deep Simplicity: Leveraging Opportunities in Leading Change

Facilitators: Delphine Batton and Branko Broekman
Every situation, however complex it may seem, contains some threads of simplicity. And sometimes we ‘re lucky to stumble upon one of these threads by accident. It holds the power to twist one’s perspective entirely and open up a new array of potential solutions.
While complex situations tend to have us focus on problems or difficulties, they also hide new and unexpected opportunities. Now, wouldn't it be great if you could uncover some of those opportunities at will? To experience the stunning beauty of encountering the level where a situation turns simple and solutions become apparent?
In this immersion, participants will experiment with an essential skill for leading in complex situations: yielding deep simplicity. You will focus on what it takes to get to deep simplicity. You will play with paradoxes, become a poet of dilemma’s and turn to nature to unravel the seemingly Gordian knot.

Learning Objectives:

  • Scan for paradoxes that turn a situation complex - detect dilemma;
  • Borrow analogies from nature that contain potential solutions - extract opportunity; and
  • Identify the striking key to leverage the opportunity of choice - adopt solution.

Celebrating Complexity

Facilitators: Dan Bigonesse and Katie Tagye
Offered in English with French support
One of the big affective skills underlying the creative process is “tolerance for complexity”. What does that mean? Why is it important in creative problem solving? And how might holding multiple ideas at once open you up to more creative thinking?
In this session, we’ll investigate complexity and why it’s an essential consideration when working on big, audacious, “wicked” challenges. We’ll discuss the nuances between complex and complicated issues. And we’ll investigate how to become better at having, leveraging and embracing cognitive complexity.
Join us as we investigate some tools, approaches, and techniques that will help you manage complexity to your advantage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine how complexity connects with creative problem solving;
  • Discuss the nature of wicked problems and how adopting a complexity mindset can help you work on them more effectively; and
  • Experience fun exercises and explore approaches that challenge your current thinking and enhance your creative brilliance.