A New Way of Thinking

Welcome to CFCP’s and the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy’s new initiative, ‘A New Way of Thinking’.  A New Way of Thinking is based on generating ideas through Creative Problem Solving with groups and individuals by placing them in unique environments to produce unique results.

We have noticed how we sometimes do not have the space or the methods to generate ideas to move our practice, business or life forward.  We also noticed that we in the creative sector had huge amounts of positive attributes that could benefit businesses by creativity and creative problem solving as a means to drive forward their ideation processes.

 

Book a session for your own group or do a workshop

We run Creative Problem Solving in companies, in group, in organisations or we also run workshops where we can pass on the skills to you on how to run your own ideation workshop, idea generation and lean business canvas problem & solution solving techniques.

Creative Problem Solving

We look at how you can use proven and new methods for approaching a problem or a challenge in an imaginative and innovative way.

We use a mixture of Ideation, Creative Thinking and Co-Collaboration techniques throughout the creative problem solving process.

What Is an Ideation?

Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing and communicating new ideas, we ask you to push yourself to think differently.

What is Creative Thinking?

Thinking about thinking in new, different ways to get to an end result in a set period of time. It is “thinking outside the box.” Using convergent and divergent lateral thinking giving participants the ability to perceive patterns that are not obvious.

What is Co-Creation?

Co-creation enables individuals to work together to achieve a defined and mutually valued outcome. It exists in two forms:

  • Synchronous, where everyone interacts in real time. Examples include in-person or online meetings, instant messaging, or any venue where communication is in real-time.
  • Asynchronous, where the interaction may be time-shifted. Examples include file sharing, crowd sourcing, shared workspaces, or adding content to an information site, such as a wiki.

Most co-creation objectives can be classified into one of three categories:

  • Generation– in these cases, the company’s objective is to solicit ideas, suggestions or designs from customers and other stakeholders, through contests or open-ended appeals, for subsequent use in the design and development of products and services.
  • Refinement– here, collaborators work with company representatives to refine one or more features of a target product or service, to help improve its physical performance, leading to a better customer experience.
  • Creation– collaborators and the company’s professionals work together to develop a prototype of an entirely new product or service. In almost all cases the prototype needs additional refinement and improvement before it is ready for commercialisation.

Ideate | Clarify | Develop | Implement

Working with you and your team together to produce ideas that you can ideate, clarify, develop and implement.

Clarify

Explore the Vision – Identify the goal, wish, or challenge

Gather Data – Describe and generate data to enable a clear understanding of the challenge.

Formulate Challenges – Sharpen awareness of the challenge and create challenge questions that invite solutions.

 

Ideate

Explore Ideas – Generate ideas that answer the challenge questions.

Dont get side-tracked or go off at a tangent – stick to the questions you have asked yourself / your team.

 

Develop

Formulate Solutions – To move from ideas to solutions. Evaluate, strengthen, and select solutions for best “fit.”

 

Implement

Formulate a Plan – Explore acceptance and identify resources and actions that will support implementation of the selected solution(s).

We use non-standard stimuli, environment and triggers

We believe that the best way for you or your team to generate new ideas is to take you out of your normal situations and surround you with different situations, environments and triggers.

By engaging with and using your senses, feeling the environment you are in, interacting with differences can you truly influence the ideation process. So needless to say, we don’t use office or hotel rooms, we use a mixture of situations, environments and triggers outside of the norm.

We take you and your team out of your comfort zones and put you into different often mentally challenging situations to open the senses to new stimuli to generate new ideas.

Upcoming Workshops | Courses | Events

Developing Your Creative Career (Online) – Nov 2017

This courses focuses on developing your creative career. It will look at understanding your purpose and passion; identifying your niche and looking at tools to help you refine your niche; as well as looking at what your dream job or career position is; we will look at the resources you have and the runway time against capacity; the steps you need to implement in order to reach your goal and the connections and people you need who can help you get to where you want.

Value Propositions: 1 day workshop November 2017

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Creative Thinking & Co-Creation – An interactive workshop

Creative Thinking and Co-Creation Techniques Workshop By using a number of creative thinking techniques we will give practical examples of how you can take ideas from conception to reality. Based around the frameworks of  PO statements to "Yes, and..." we will look to...

Using Creativity to Turn STEM Into STEAM!

STEM + Art = STEAM

In this climate of economic uncertainty, we are once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future.

Yet innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.

We need to add Art + Design to the equation — to transform STEM into STEAM.

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A Little Bit of New Thinking

Processing negative reviews

Oh it’s so easy to be wise after the event or so they say….. not saying this about Seth but as we see critics, people, workers etc are eager to pick apart complex decisions made by others.

Prime Ministers, CEOs, even football coaches are apparently serially incompetent. If they had only listened to folks who knew precisely what they should have done, they would have been far better off.

Of course, these critics have a great deal of trouble making less-complex decisions in their own lives. They carry the wrong credit cards, buy the wrong stocks, invest in the wrong piece of real estate.

Decision making, after the fact

Oh it’s so easy to be wise after the event or so they say….. not saying this about Seth but as we see critics, people, workers etc are eager to pick apart complex decisions made by others.

Prime Ministers, CEOs, even football coaches are apparently serially incompetent. If they had only listened to folks who knew precisely what they should have done, they would have been far better off.

Of course, these critics have a great deal of trouble making less-complex decisions in their own lives. They carry the wrong credit cards, buy the wrong stocks, invest in the wrong piece of real estate.

Cancelled

All those meetings you have tomorrow–they were just cancelled. The boss wants you to do something productive instead.

What would you do with the time? What would you initiate?

If it’s better than those meetings were going to be, why not cancel them?

This is not just about the NOW but the FUTURE – it takes time to build relationships but those relationships are only worth building if there is an end result that is more important than doing something else.

Who are we writing for?

who are we writing for, is it an audience or a machine?

We seem to have lost the art of writing, certainly the art of writing for humans to read.  As Seth Godin writes today on his blog post ‘More and more, we create our work to be read by a machine’ and he’s right, we have lost that power to inform in a language that we can understand. We either write for 140 characters, 550 characters or something that can be read by a spider.  

Find Us

Address
The Old Milking Parlour
Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride
Wicklow, Ireland, A67TK64

Hours
Monday–Friday: 10:00AM–6:00PM

Contact
tel: +353(0)866084020
email: jo@creativeentrepreneurs.ie

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