Being creative in the workplace [90 min workshop]

Being creative in the workplace
Shona Glentworth [New Zealand]

Simple processes that involve all of your team can harness enormous power to solve problems; increasing productivity, work satisfaction and organisational resilience. Valuing the input of others, generating new ideas and collaborating for implementation may be ideals that most organisations aspire too, but how often do workplace actions reinforce “we don’t pay you to think”?

Have we become so used to immediate, pre-packaged solutions that we are losing the ability to generate ideas and original solutions? What opportunities are we missing because we look for the quick fix?

The workshop will highlight simple tools and processes that all organisations, committees, businesses and families can use to identify opportunities and develop solutions. Leverage the thinking power of any team to increase productivity, stand out from the crowd and face the future.

Key take aways

  • Techniques to identify what the issues are and/or where improvements could be made
  • Tools to gather and build ideas from everyone in the team
  • Ideas about implementation

 Shona Glentworth

Shona is a trainer, coach and consultant. She enjoys working with organisations of all types as they take their next step. Her consultancy, Implement + associates helps organisations to implement their vision by developing people and processes. The Implement team help in a number of ways; by coaching, consulting, training or providing outsourced support.

She has worked with a range of organisations in a number of roles and has wide experience of people and organisational behaviour. She utilises Transactional Analysis in her work to understand how people interact with each other and with their organisation.

 

Embodying Creativity [90 min workshop]

Embodying Creativity
Penni Bousfield [New Zealand]

Trust your instincts! Play. Keep it simple! Allow for “accidents” and serendipity. Use restrictions to fuel your work! Collaborate…
Wondering what these frequently recommended ideas for releasing creativity are all about? Wanting to incorporate them in your own creative process or to explore them in a new medium? Or wanting to get up out of your chair and try something different?
This workshop incorporates techniques from theatre and dance to spark individual and group creativity. No performing arts experience necessary! Any level of physical ability welcome.
We’ll play with the balance of spontaneity and structure, leading and following, intuition and information, fun and focus through movement.  You’ll have the opportunity to become aware “in your bones” of these opposites and experience creativity through the body, rather than through thinking and discussion.
Additional outcomes of this workshop include fun, new discoveries and random moments of beauty.
(Note: participants will need to wear clothes they can move freely in for this workshop, i.e. a minimum of jewellery and no skirts or tight jeans)

Penni Bousfield

Penni is a musician, actor, theatre director and performing arts teacher. She has taught in the theatre programmes at Waikato and Massey universities and prior to moving to New Plymouth she was the head of Performing Arts at UCOL.
For over a decade she was a full-time professional singer in Auckland and Queenstown. She has written and performed original comedy (including a major tour of NZ), produced and directed Queenstown’s first Summer Shakespeare (and directed many other Shakespeare productions around the country), been on the board of the FUEL Festival of NZ Theatre, co-produced Hamilton’s first fringe festival and in 2006 was the Artist in Residence at Massey University.
Penni holds a Master of Theatre Arts from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and Victoria University.

Since arriving in New Plymouth in 2010 she has formed an improvised movement group (using the techniques informing her workshop offering) which has performed for Len Lye exhibitions at The Govett Brewster Gallery, directed The Incredible Edible Moveable Cabaret for the 2011 Taranaki International Arts Festival, runs a women’s acapella choir and plays in an Alt-country duo who have just recorded their first CD. In her spare time she is forever adding to the pile of odd musical instruments on which she can play only two things (not the same two!).

ParallaxShift: How to see the world with new eyes [4 hr workshop]

ParallaxShift: How to see the world with new eyes
Tim Hurson [Canada]

Often the biggest barrier to positive change is getting stuck in habitual perceptions. We get stuck and stay stuck simply because can’t see a way out. How might a basic shift of perspective allow you to change your life, your community, or your organization for the better?
Tim will demonstrate and let you experience an astonishingly powerful, yet amazingly simple, tool called ParallaxShift. People who have experienced it often say: “I can’t believe I never saw things this way before. This changes everything”.
This is a hands-on interactive program that will get you buzzing about how your view of the world becomes your world — and how you can change both.

Three things you will get from this session:

  • The ability to appropriately evaluate how you see the world
  • An opportunity to explore how you might see it differently, more completely, more usefully
  • A way to apply both your new perspectives and a new tool to your current and future actions

Tim Hurson

Throughout his career, Tim has helped nonprofit, government, and Fortune 500 companies create innovation and workplace transformation programs. As an entrepreneur and consultant, Tim has seen first-hand how barriers to creative and productive thinking also constitute barriers to success. He shows organizations how they can foster a creative working environment, stable enough to provide cultural continuity and flexible enough to adjust to rapid changes in technologies, markets, and mandates. Tim travels extensively, addressing companies and conferences on ways to use the principles of productive thinking and creative leadership to manage change rather than be swamped by it. Tim’s book Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking (McGraw Hill, 2008) has been translated into 8 languages and is used in over 50 business schools around the world.

Creating a Compelling Future [90 min workshop]

Creating a compelling future
Francois Coetzee [South Africa]

With the brutal reality of the economic recession with us, there is hope for a better future. We need to answer the question, “What kind of future should we be making and can we make for ourselves?”

To create a clear, unencumbered vision of a bright future, we need to rebuild ourselves with the best behaviour and beliefs from the past , creating new and positive action through creative thinking and imagination, and ridding ourselves of bad habits and negative viewpoints that does not serve us in the new and uncertain world we are walking into.
In this workshop we will be exploring the best and most positive from your past in order to envision a positive future through using the techniques of appreciative inquiry. Appreciative inquiry is an approach to purposeful change that utilizes the positive attitude, creativity and imagination of people through:
• Discovering – discovering and understanding those positive things you do well and is working for you
• Dreaming – Creatively envision with a positive focus on those things you can do that will create positive potential in your future
• Design – Creating a plan that will drive you to accomplish a bright future
• Destiny – Strengthening your positive capabilities and building hope and momentum around deep purpose

Francois Coetzee

Francois Coetzee is a creative thinker and professional problem solver with a specific focus on creative thinking and innovation using technology solutions. He has spent the last 25 years exploring, understanding and clarifying unique customer opportunities and problems using creative thinking and creative problem solving approaches.
He is a Master Practitioner of NLP, Master Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, NLP Coach, NBI Wholebrain Practitioner, professional trainer and regular speaker at creativity and creative thinking events, technology seminars and business.
He is the founder and CEO of Xpdian (Pty) Ltd, a company that specializes in the training, design and implementation of enterprise architecture frameworks. Xpdian works extensively with the top 100 companies in South Africa.

Does your town have a gap that needs filling? [90 min workshop]

Does your town have a gap that needs filling?
Coralie Winn and Sally Airey [NZ]

All towns and cities have gaps – those uncomfortable spaces where creativity could run rife. The Christchurch experience demonstrates that with energy and creativity those gaps can be filled. Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the September 4, 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and revised and expanded in light of the more destructive February 22, 2011 quake.  Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city. The lessons from Gap Filler can be applied to any ‘gap’, any place.

Coralie Winn

Coralie Winn has a mixed and varied background in the creative arts. In recent years she has been involved in the arts scene in Christchurch running a gallery, running and developing an Artist in Residence Programme, working for festivals and performing with experimental, physcal theatre troupe Free Theatre Christchurch (est. 1980) in Christchurch and around New Zealand.

After being made redundant from the Arts Centre as a result of the September 4, 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, Coralie and two others created Gap Filler to bring creativity, positive energy, opportunity and life to Christchurch’s vacant spaces. Revised and expanded in light of the February 22, 2011 quake, Coralie is a co-founder of Gap Filler and now runs the initiative full-time as its Director. Gap Filler now has 5 staff (3 FTE) and was recently featured in the Lonely Planet City Guide for 2013 where Christchurch was #6 on its list of top cities to visit.

Coralie will speak about the giant experiment that is Gap Filler, its philosophies, creation, past projects and its role in the creative regeneration of the post-quake, empty city. She will also talk about other projects Gap Filler has helped kick-start or inspire in Christchurch and lessons for urban regeneration applicable to any city, any where.

Keynote: Coralie Winn and Gap Filler

Coralie Winn
Gap Filler

Coralie Winn has a mixed and varied background in the creative arts. In recent years she has been involved in the arts scene in Christchurch running a gallery, running and developing an Artist in Residence Programme, working for festivals and performing with experimental, physical theatre troupe Free Theatre Christchurch (est. 1980) in Christchurch and around New Zealand.

After being made redundant from the Arts Centre as a result of the September 4, 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, Coralie and two others created Gap Filler to bring creativity, positive energy, opportunity and life to Christchurch’s vacant spaces. Revised and expanded in light of the February 22, 2011 quake, Coralie is a co-founder of Gap Filler and now runs the initiative full-time as its Director. Gap Filler now has 5 staff (3 FTE) and was recently featured in the Lonely Planet City Guide for 2013 where Christchurch was #6 on its list of top cities to visit.

Coralie will speak about the giant experiment that is Gap Filler, its philosophies, creation, past projects and its role in the creative regeneration of the post-quake, empty city. She will also talk about other projects Gap Filler has helped kick-start or inspire in Christchurch and lessons for urban regeneration applicable to any city, any where.

Coralie will also be running a 90 minute workshop.

 

How to be Creative [4 hr workshop]

How to be creative
Angie Farrow [Massey University -NZ]

‘When I carve, I look for the Buddha in the wood. And when I am carving, I need to bring the Buddha out of the wood. I have to be very careful not to cut the Buddha’                                 (Carver of Buddha figures from Kyotion)

Many artists believe that creativity is a gift from the divine. This may be because their work seems to have a life of its own: writing sometimes writes itself; a painting can appear on the canvas without any apparent consciousness from the maker. It is as if the creation were already there and need only be coaxed into life. But this workshop assumes that although creativity has divine properties, it can also be learned.

We will ask: ‘What are the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and psychological dynamics that make creativity possible?’ Various techniques will be used that will help us to tap into our creative genius. The workshop assumes that, regardless of experience or talent, everyone can generate a creative voice, discover the realm of the imagination, make innovative connections. Using a multidisciplinary approach. the workshop will take people through a range of processes that will lead to a creative product. Activities will include creative writing, theatrical performance, movement and song. It is designed to be fun, challenging, and surprising.

Angie Farrow:

Angie is an Associate Professor in Theatre and Creativity at Massey University. She is a playwright having won numerous awards for her writing including first prize in ‘The Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition (USA)’ for her full-length play, ‘Despatch’ (2007) and ‘The Bruce Wrenn Award for Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Writing’ for her community theatre play ‘Before the Birds’ (2009). Angie specializes in plays that explore large contemporary and existential themes. She has published two anthologies of plays: ‘Plays for Physical Theatre’ (2005) and ‘Plays for Physical Theatre 11 (2010)’. Her short plays have had particular success on the international, stage winning numerous prizes and performing in India, Canada, Australia, USA, UK, and Australia. Her most recent full-length play ‘The River’ is about The Manawatu. It expresses her interest in using theatre to connect communities through the expression of common issues.

 

 

Pole Vaulting for Business: RAPID Thinking™ to dramatically raise the bar of organisational performance [90 min workshop]

Pole Vaulting for Business
Bill Jarrard [Aus]

Success in Pole Vaulting at championship levels requires a mix of strength, accuracy, speed, stamina and mindset embodied in the athlete, combined with the right environmental conditions, the best possible equipment, innovative technique, inspired coaching, and a clear vision of success.
And when that all comes together, no Olympic athlete soars higher. But when it doesn’t, the fall can be frightening.
The same principles apply in business, whether you are a large or small business, in the business of public service or education, or even a Not For Profit, volunteer, or charity organisation.
Understanding how to optimise performance by creatively blending the vital ingredients that make up an ‘organisation’, and then leading it to achieve its vision and goals is the hallmark of great leaders. And great leaders are not just at the top – they are everywhere, from localised team leaders to specialists managing unique projects, from the Customer front line to the Boardroom.
In this 90 minute workshop we’ll look at:
• The make-up of creative organisations and leaders;
• The nature of creativity and innovation
• RAPID Thinking™ – Reactive, Analytical, Passive, Imaginative and Deliberate thinking;
• Methods, tools and techniques to make great things happen – fast;
• Dealing with information overload; and
• An Action Plan to embrace the future.
NB. At no time will participants in this workshop actually be Pole Vaulting!

Bill Jarrard
bill@mindwerx.com

Bill is Mindwerx International’s Founder, Managing Director, and Chief Imagineer, mainly because of his unique ability to help clients imagine what they might become and then assist them in achieving their vision.
He is also Co-Founder of the Buzan Centre: Aust/NZ which Mindwerx formed in 2001 to champion Tony Buzan’s Advanced Learning Techniques globally.
He consults to all types of organisations in Strategic Thinking, Continuous Improvement, Organisational Change, Critical and Creative Thinking, and Applied Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Since creating Mindwerx in 1998, Bill has worked with clients in ten countries, delivering Critical and Creative Thinking workshops in Asia, and keynote addresses on Creative Thinking at conferences throughout Australasia, South Africa, the USA and the UK.
For more than a decade Bill was the convenor/lecturer of the Creativity & Innovation subject of the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) program run by Swinburne University.
Bill is a master trainer- facilitator in Deliberate Creative Thinking™ and one of only a handful of people in Australia accredited by Dr Edward de Bono to present Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, and Direct Attention Thinking Tools (DATT).
He is a Senior Licensed Instructor in Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping® and a Founding Director of the Buzan Centre in Australia.
His online programs are leading edge in the way they allow interactive participation with participants worldwide.
Bill is an active participant in the world of Creativity, Critical Thinking and Innovation, and has spoken in many private and public forums.
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Creativity’s greatest challenge? Your Memory! [90 min workshop]

Creativity’s greatest challenge? Your memory.
Jennifer Goddard [Aus]

You may all know that creativity is formed by connecting/associating disparate elements and coming up with new ideas.What you many not know is that your Memory is the basis for your creativity. Jennifer Goddard, Senior Judge at the World Memory Championships will challenge our thinking on creativity and the link to memory using the formula E+> M = C∞. Energy plus and into Memory yields infinite Creativity. Co-Author of the Most Important Graph in the World and Brain Training for Kids, Jennifer works with Tony Buzan, inventor of Mind Mapping, around the world and will share her unique insights that will challenge our memory in order to raise our creativity IQ.

Jennifer Goddard, MEI

Jennifer is the Director, Buzan Centre: Australia/NZ and co-founder of Mindwerx International. An expert in the area of creativity and advanced learning, Jennifer works with a wide variety of organisations and schools in Australia, NZ, USA, UK and Asia. As the Master Trainer in Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping®, Speed Reading, iMindMap, Enhanced Memory, and Study Skills she mentors a worldwide network of committed instructors.

From humble beginnings as a high school drop out and teenage mum, Jennifer has a passion for cre8ivity, mental literacy, our multiple intelligences and works with Tony Buzan around the world. She has a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is an accredited trainer in de Bono’s Lateral Thinking™ techniques and Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)®.

Interestingly, Jennifer is the convenor of the Australian Memory Championships, the Senior Arbiter at the World Memory Championships and was crowned “Memory Maven” by Australian Anthill Magazine.

Jennifer has authored many books, online material and training programs. in 2012 alone she co- authored “The Most Important Graph in the World” and “Brain Training for Kids” with Tony Buzan.