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the creative challenge

"The creative adult is the child who survived" — Ursula Le Guin

We are all born with boundless creativity. As children, we see the world with fresh eyes, unburdened by preconceptions. But society unwittingly stifles this spark, favoring the safe and predictable.

True innovation lies in rediscovering that unfiltered vision - our path to solving the world's biggest challenges. Let's unleash our collective brilliance and dare to see differently. Where enduring impact lies.

how change happens

Innovation isn't found in tools or processes. The magic of innovation lives in people - in you and your teams. It always has. Time and again, remarkable solutions emerge when teams unleash their creative potential and discover their collective intelligence.

For decades, driven by our belief in people’s innate creativity, we've helped Fortune 100 teams solve big challenges. Create new products. Redesign organizations. Change how leaders lead change.

Now we're raising our game to achieve greater impact – more meaningful, more important impact. Supporting nonprofit teams solving their challenges.

Our mission? Reveal the creative magic that lives in you and your teams. Create enduring impact. Make a better world. Together.

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who we are

Creative Catalyst is an educational nonprofit that builds the capability of people, teams and leaders to be more creative and effective. Creative people who make change in their lives. Creative teams that see differently and solve brilliantly. Creative leaders who create the conditions for innovation and change.

We were created to help nonprofits create enduring impact. We also partner with professionals and for-profit companies - these partnerships support our work with nonprofits, further enabling their impact.

how we serve

The heart of our work lies in experiential journeys of learning and solving. Learning creativity, strategy, and problem solving practices. Solving problems to help you achieve eduring impact.

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what we've learned

focus less on process

Organizations have had a bias for standardization and process since the early 20th century invention of 'scientific management'. Rooted in tangibility, predictability, and discomfort with ambiguity, it persists to this day. Process is important, but we can kill creativity in the pursuit to standardized it.

The old adage that 'the map is not the territory' is relevant here. The map of a terrain is not the actual terrain - it is just an abstraction of the journey. So it is with an innovation or change. The process is only a map of a journey - there's no magic there.

rely on people

The magic of innovation lives in people - the travelers on the journey. Over decades, we’ve illuminated deeply human practices that have helped people and teams see differently and solve brilliantly. Used skillfully, these practices connect teams and reveal their collective intelligence. Help leaders create the conditions for innovation.

They are surprisingly familiar - but not easy. Nine practices that breath life into curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. Used together in weeks-long solving journeys or individually for focused challenges.

how we build creative capability

The nine practices we've illuminated build the competencies of Curiosity, Creativity, and Collaboration. Practices are grouped by these competencies and address specific challenges that occur repeatedly in innovation and change efforts. Core capacities and methods embedded in each practice.

Each practice calls for courage. And desire for change. If that's you, then let's create your impact. Together.

Slow Down to Go Fast
Fall in Love
Make the Invisible Visible
Jump into Ambiguity
See with New Eyes
Nurture Self-Discovery
Set Initial Conditions
Hear all Voices
Share Stories

what do you need to do?

catalyze creativity

to develop daily practices

‘Plant seeds’ to inspire people practice new behaviors that unleash individual and collective creativity.

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Explore a single practice to build awareness. Dialogue with others to energize and share experiences.

This journey provides:
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A week-long exploration of a specific practice
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2 hour orientation and exploration of a creative practice
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2 hour reconnect to synthesize learning and insights
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One year access to the online community platform
After this journey you will:
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Explain a creative practice and its impact to others
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Bring new awareness to reveal insights
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Illuminate challenges by asking better questions

shift thinking

with immersive team experiences

‘Accelerate the growth’ of teams and ideas to discover insights and deliver holistic solutions.

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Deepen discovery and solving. Deepen relationships. Discover insights. Solve holistically.

This journey provides:
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Immersive solving journey for 9 to 12 team members.
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2-10 week solving journey based on your challenge
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Synthesis of creative practices, strategy, and displayed thinking
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One year access to the online community platform
After this journey you will:
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Be able to see your team challenge through to execution
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Work in new ways that tap into the teams' collective intelligence
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Confidently apply your creative skills to other challenges

create the conditions

by becoming integrative leaders

‘Cultivate the soil’ to create the conditions for innovation. In teams and organizations.

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Apply practices to unleash the creativity of your organization. Build capability via coaching and learning.

This journey provides:
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Custom engagement to meet your organization's needs
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2 to 6 month engagement periods based on needs
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Option of working individually or in a small cohort
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One year access to the online community platform
After this journey you will:
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Create the conditions for creativity in your organization
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Discern where teams are in their innovation journey
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Ask the right questions at the right time to enable teams

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