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Creative Problem Solving for Scientists - Creative Facilitation Workshop

This workshop is designed to increase the creative awareness and productivity of a PI, by exploring, collaboratively, exactly what it is that induces and sustains creative thinking and innovation.

The workshop reinforces the following elements of a creative stance:


  • Creative Attitude: the approach for behavioral change in the scientific world
  • Creative Climate: establishing a simple system to promote and foster creativity in the lab
  • Creative Process: an overview and practice with the CPS methodological framework
    • Clarifying the Problem
    • Generating Novel Ideas
    • Developing Ideas into Solutions
  • Creative Tools: suggesting techniques to help break habitual thinking patterns


Outcome

Participants raise their awareness and develop a language for communicating with their colleagues that will lead to collaborative creativity back home in their labs. Participant will learn and practice using the tools imbedded in the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process. Participants will facilitate tools and steps of the CPS Process and receive feedback on their facilitation strengths and behaviors that increase their effectiveness when leading groups.

The format of the workshop is highly interactive and practical, involving role play, small group work and discussion sessions. Participants will get actively involved in the course, discussing their own life experiences and being self-reflective, in a stimulating and guided process. They will acquire tools that can be readily used in daily life.

Please note that the workshop starts at 9am on the first day and finishes by 3pm on the last day.

There is a 'homework' component to the workshop. Your details will be passed on to the trainers (see our data policy) and they will contact you with an electronic assessment that you are required to complete for use in the course.

Trainers: Knowinnovation and Séissmo

 

Notes on Timings:

  1. Check-in at the hotel is the night *before* the start of the course (this night is included in the course fee).
  2. We start at 09:00 and work until approximately 17:00.
  3. On the final day, we work until 13:30

 

DAY I 

09.00

Introduction

Orient to behaviors & stance of creativity & innovation.

10.00

Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process Introduction

Explore challenges using Steps 1–2 of CPS Process

Orient to the steps of the process.

12.00

Choose challenges to work through with CPS

Challenge Finding----------Step 3 Divergence

13.00

Lunch

14.00

Step 3–4 of CPS Process

Challenge Finding Convergence---Idea Finding---CPS Tools---Triz as a tool

16.30

What is a Sandpit?

Using CPS principles and tools in scientific funding

17.00

Close

DAY II

09.00

Step 4–Step 6 of CPS Process

Ideation Convergence----Finding Solutions----Clustering----Action Plan

11.00

Foursight

13.00

Lunch

14.00

Set Up Participant Facilitation

16.30

Participant Facilitation and Feedback – round 1

16.30

Recap

17.00

Close

DAY III

09.00

Participant Facilitation and Feedback – round 2

11.00

Participant Facilitation and Feedback – round 3

12.45

Final Exam and Closing

13.30

Course Ends