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How solving the real problem kept two doggies from being eaten by coyotes My friend Laree and her husband Dan were living in Placerville, California. Placerville is a California gold rush town that sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a lovely rural...
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We all have made incorrect assumptions. Sometimes this can be harmless, sometimes this can cause a twelve-year-old boy to receive the equivalent of 1500 unnecessary chest x-rays. Check out this story about the danger of making assumptions when it comes to medical diagnosis.
Know the saying: “They can’t see the forest for the trees”? Check out this story about how a trimmed hedge created a problem for two neighbors.
In Take an excursion – Create a breakthrough, discover how you can use nature to become inspired when you need to get new ideas.
The problem is not the cows. The problem is where the cows are at. Read more to find out more about why I feel like we are solving the wrong problem.
Change is the catalyst for innovation. In Why innovate? When the rules change, creativity is king, we’ll explore the critical role of creative thinking when faced with unprecedented change.
She had never been in a fight before. But as a result of her fighting, a fifteen-year-old we’ll call Crystal, managed to get herself suspended from school. And not just suspended for a week. Crystal’s suspension was for two months. Enter Kelly Heinze, an eighth-grade...
Spoiler alert: You may be wearing a pair! What do you do when you run out of ideas and you need a breakthrough?
In this lesson find out how redefining the problem led to a breakthrough that has saved countless numbers of people from dying of heart attacks.
The program for our 2022 Creativity Expert Exchange (March 10 & 11) has been finalized as has been the Eventbrite Registration site. Our program features two cutting-edge keynote speeches and 14 engaging concurrent session workshops.
The First Instinct Fallacy means going with your first impression of what you think is correct because your first instinct is the best.
You have certainly heard the phrase, “Think outside the box.”, but here is a new phrase to try on: “Think outside the biological.” Find out what I mean, and why it is SO IMPORTANT when you’re trying to solve a problem.
I recently realized that the last that you folks heard from me was in May. Time flies! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on.
The answer to “How do you move people from a one-off creative team meeting to internalizing principles of creativity in your work and life?”
Don’t be afraid of the open space. Don’t worry about being bored. When you are bored, your imagination kicks in, and your brain goes to a creative place.
What do stampeding cows, waffle irons, tractors, heart doctors, farmers, flying drones, and pacemakers have in common?They are all featured in my new video courses published through the OpenSesame learning platform! OpenSesame is the world's largest elearning company,...
Roger Firestien gave a talk at the virtual TEDx Omaha event on February 18, 2021
The theme of TEDx Omaha 2021 was IGNITE.
Working with an actual client on a real problem, I’ll guide you through the entire Creative Problem-Solving process, from identifying an initial goal to developing specific action plans.
I’m offering a full online course on facilitating the Creative Problem-Solving process and it is FREE!
For years, my effervescent and charming neighbor, Mrs. Ott has strongly encouraged me to do something with the concrete slab in front of my house.
This coronavirus pandemic has shown us what I’ve been telling people for 40 years: we are ALL creative and we all create in different and valuable ways.
Throughout her life, Mom has been a doer, a mover, and a changemaker in the lives of those around her. See what she’s doing during this COVID-19 pandemic.
I want to take you on an eight-minute vacation to one of my favorite places, the farm.
I was recently interviewed by Training Industry on why brainstorming sessions usually fail.
What is it that you love? What is it that you are passionate about? What must you do? Whatever it is, do it for love. Do it to make a difference in the world.
The number one myth about creativity is that only a few people are creative, and those people are artists and musicians. THIS IS FALSE.