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Igniting creativity in companies

KILN provides products and content that ignite team creativity. Creativity stimulus, brainstorming frameworks, idea generation tools, and inspiring keynote talks for business audiences. Companies use KILN to ramp up their innovation process, unleash the creative potential of their people, inspire leaders. If you need breakthrough ideas and bold questions, use KILN.

IdeaKeg Heads to Sin City….and other news from KILN

Back End of Innovation conference session features IdeaKeg

Moises Norena of Allstate features in Day One of the IIR conference opening in Las Vegas on October 6. His session is called "i-mentors, Catalyst for Innovation Execution". For more on this, and other news from KILN, please read our latest Kindling

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Innovation Facilitation Training in Chicago

Corporate executives asked for public training in creativity and innovation leadership. In response, we've scheduled a 3-day immersive training in Innovation Facilitation. You can read more about it here

We will continue to run this 3-day training in cities around the USA and also in the UK. Demand will spearhead our scheduling. So please contact us if you'd like to request a training in your home city.

Quick and Dirty Innovation

Regret can be a motivator — this is the time of year I often get a call from organizations that are anxious to get something done by year end. It’s possible. Quick & Dirty Innovation — QDI — is the answer we’ve developed based on experience to kick-start efforts — even if it is late September and you really should be back in school.

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Kindling August 2014

The latest Kindling edition is online here.

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Where to work with KILN at CPSI

Here's the run-down of when and where you can find KILN principals at CPSI:

  1. Dinner honouring Sid Parnes - pm Tues 17 June

  2. Springboard to Creative Problem Solving - Gregg co-leads one of the five teams

  3. StoryFORMing - Kate leads an Extending Track session Thur 19 June 4pm-5.30pm

  4. Innovisation: A Mighty Mashup of Improvisation and CPS - with Doug Stevenson, Gregg co-leads an Extending Track session Thur 19 June 8pm-9.30pm

  5. Kinesthetic Mash-Ups for Breakthrough Thinking - Gregg leads an Extending Track session Sat 21 Jun 4pm-5.30pm

  6. Closing Spotlight - Making Yourself: CPS, Love and Story a keynote by Gregg and Kate Sun 22 Jun 12noon-1pm

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KILN to close 60th Annual CPSI Conference

How does CPS transform people? The closing spotlight at the 60th Annual Creative Problem Solving conference offers some answers from two very different people who share a love of story and a lifelong commitment to story: Gregg Fraley and Kate Hammer of KILN. Creative expression, fulfillment, and real-world effectiveness happen more powerfully thanks to CPS, the legacy of Sid Parnes and Alex Osborn. By framing their own experiences, KILN speakers will light the path for your journey home and your unfolding future.

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60th Annual CPSI

CPSI (Sip-see) is the leading conference for group creativity practices. Based in Buffalo, NY the conference grows out of decades of work on effective group creative practices fostered by Alex Osborn and Sid Parnes. 

In 2013, KILN was proud to sponsor the conference. In 2014, KILN returns.

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FORMing stories from wishes at MRS Creativity Lab

I was pleased to be asked to contribute to a Creativity Lab afternoon hosted by the UK Market Research Society (MRS) in London.

The 60-minute session began with a glimpse at the story of This One's 4 Ruby which is always special to share. We moved from there to wishes. The phrase "I wish…." is a powerful one for innovators and inventors. It was great to hear the rustle and occasional gentle laughter as people allowed themselves to wish. With our wishes spread across the flowers like dandelion orbs about to seed, I shared a story of great ingenuity as a way of introducing the StoryFORMs framework.

People then worked on their own StoryFORMs, individually or in groups. One table of seven imagined a dream recording machine. Another group of five dreamt up a system of rain quotas that would redirect unwanted showers to drought-ridden areas. It was a joy to ask and field questions, and our hour together was quickly up.

Here are some photos, taken of the group that gathered in the Crypt at St James Church in Clerkenwell, just around the corner from our old offices at Clerkenwell Workshops. 

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