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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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Roger talks with Skip Prichard about Creating Breakthrough Innovation for you and your team.
If you want creative ideas, you need creative questions. Lots of them. How do you do that? I’ll tell you how.
On September 19 at the Museum of Science, I officially launched my latest book, Create in a Flash: A leader’s recipe for breakthrough innovation.
I travel on airplanes a lot. You know the airplane routine. You settle into your seat. The plane takes off and the person next to you strikes up a conversation. For me it goes like this…
Every year my family gives an award to outstanding graduate students at the Center for Applied Imagination. Meet this year’s recipients.
Would you be willing to spend $1.50 to save $200,000 a month? Have I got a deal for you. Read on. No, this isn’t a gimmick. It’s real, it works.
What problems are staring you right in the face? Did you ever notice that mirrors and elevators usually show up together? I can’t think of a hotel that I have stayed in that didn’t have a mirror near the elevator. Do you know why? In their book, Turning Leaning Right...
Want to celebrate your 88th birthday AND be incredibly creative? Then do what Ruth does.
Join Dr. Roger Firestien at St. Joseph University Parish on Wednesday, March 27th at 7pm for a free session on Creating Your Future. The difference between the winners and the “also ran” are the visions and powerful images they create about their future. This is true...
The results are in! Thanks to all of you who entered the contest to choose a tagline for my upcoming book. But, wait! There’s more!
My new book, Create in a Flash has four tag line possibilities. I need your help deciding which one to use. Enter, the Competition.
Can cows help you to become more creative? Read on to see how driving a tractor, or herding cattle can increase your creative productivity.
Want to sell your new idea? Give your customers a taste first. Lighting designer Philip Colarusso, owner of Luminated Landscapes, lights houses and landscapes. Phil has turned night landscapes into works of art throughout Western New York since 1989. He lit my friends...
I was honored to deliver an Innovation Work Session at the Fort Collins, Colorado All Managers Meeting on October 4. Two hundred fifty leaders in Fort Collins government generated thousands of ideas to help the city maintain and sustain its innovative edge.
Health and fitness trainers are a lot like Creative Problem Solving facilitators. Can you run effective Creative Problem Solving sessions consistently without someone managing the process and keeping the group on track? My experience is, no.
You have the answer, but you don’t know how to access the answer. You need to bring someone in from the outside who has a proven track record of solving these kinds of problems.
Meet Father Jack Ledwon, Pastor at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo New York. Several years ago, my graduate students and I worked with St. Joseph University Parish to help them craft a vision for their future. We worked with the Parish leadership team and then conducted a series of town hall meetings with members of the congregation.
by Ashley Cournyea I spend a lot of time talking to my bulldog, Tucker. Whether he understands me is not important, but how he responds is. If am brainstorming for a personal challenge, I tell Tucker everything I come up with. Guess what he does? He defers judgment....
How many ideas do you need to get a good one? Do you have to come up with hundreds of ideas to get a breakthrough? It all depends on the kinds of ideas you want. If you want to find ways to improve the way you are currently doing business, you will need fewer...
Creativity is desperately needed in agriculture. There’s too much of this of the wine cellar mentality always whining about complaining about too hot too cold out. No no no no. Stop the complaining. Let’s focus on solutions. Let’s be creative. That’s what makes things work. So, it could be used on every farm in this country.
Dr. Roger Firestien will be leading a one-day program on June 19 at the 2018 Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI). The program, Mastering the Inside Moves of Creative Problem Solving Facilitation is for anyone who wants to improve their ability to facilitate the Creative Problem Solving Process.
Dr. Roger Firestien will be delivering the keynote address at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Research Discovery Day on May 3 in the Jacobs Research Institute on the BNMC Campus.
While pursuing my doctorate, I became very interested in the effects of Creative Problem Solving training on the communication behaviors that occur in small groups. In organizations, it is in the small group where new ideas are born and, in many cases, where new ideas die.
Meet Dr. Robert Gatewood. Robert is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo; author of more than 50 presentations and co-author of two books. Dr. Gatewood took one of my Creativity courses at the Center for Applied Imagination at SUNY Buffalo State.
Meet Dr. Susan Whittaker principle of the Summit Academy in Getzville, New York. I conducted a Creative Problem Solving workshop with all 300 staff members of the Summit Academy. This session lead to a year- long project that was designed to infuse Creative Problem Solving methods into the academy.