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Catalyst Ranch’s Unique 2016 Calendar – May
Be inspired each month by creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art with our 2016 Adult Coloring Calendar. Each month’s drawing will be a collaboration between you and the artist, MJ Ernst.

Ignite Theatre
An on-going diverse series, Ignite Theatre features some classic, some bizarre, some hilarious plays, musicals or other fantastical productions.

Incite Insight Series   May 23 & June 6, 2016
Incite Insight intends to bring together experts in Innovation and anyone who wants to cross train their innovation muscles. Each workshop will bring you the latest research and tools, compelling discussion and the opportunity to make real progress in your innovation processes.

Leadership Storytelling 101 – June 17, 2016
The gift of storytelling isn’t a mysterious inborn ability for a select few.  Rather, it is a powerful skill that everyone can learn and master.  Join us to learn the fundamental structure of a story and craft an engaging introduction.

The Tiny Book Show – July 11, 2016
The Tiny Book Show features hundreds of handmade books, each measuring no more than 3 inches in dimension, and made by artists of all ages from all over the world.

 

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When you’re already the leader in creative space for innovative meetings and events and your venue is in the West Loop, the Chicago neighborhood known as Innovation Alley, how do you take things to the next level?

 

You do Theatre! You take theatre out of the theater and put it in a space designed to Ignite your Imagination. Catalyst Ranch introduces Ignite Theatre.

 

 

 

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Incite Insight Series

 

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Catalyst Ranch is a place where innovation happens all the time so it makes sense to look to us for expertise.

 

Real innovation isn’t easy. It has to be conceived and then put to work for the benefit of all. And in order for an idea or inspiration to become an innovation, many people must work together toward the best possible outcomes.

 

Our new series Incite Insight intends to bring together experts in Innovation and anyone who wants to cross train their innovation muscles. Each workshop will bring you the latest research and tools, compelling discussion and the opportunity to make real progress in your innovation processes. We’ll help guide you to a place where innovation happens every day.

 

Incite Insight Series: Practical techniques for making innovation part of your new routine.

 

 

 

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The Future of Customer Experience

May 23, 2016

 

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Every interaction between a brand and a consumer shapes customer experience (CX). Companies that refine this path to purchase by creating valuable, efficient and positive experiences reap great rewards: satisfied, loyal customers, increased referrals, revenue and more.

 

Today, CX is radically changing–and fast. According to Walkers Customer 2020 Study, “By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator.”

 

 

For services like Amazon’s Dash, Apple Pay, and Blue Apron, innovating the end to end journey has become their strongest competitive advantage. So, what is the future of customer experience when these types of disruptions are everywhere?

 

 

Join Yogesh Chavda, founder of Y2S Consulting, for a collaborative roundtable discussion to explore the crusaders of customer experience today and dive deep into the emerging trends, methods, technologies and influences transforming the way we do business.

 

 

Together, we will examine business models, product delivery methods, wayfinding, payment processing and other innovations to learn how these insights can be used to optimize your company’s future.

 

 

You should leave this workshop with the following:

– A greater understanding of defining your future state customer experience

– A firm grasp on how to identify early indicators to pay attention to in your industry

– An outline of how to turn insights into a strategic roadmap to implement your refined CX

– Tips and recommendations on enrolling your organization in the process

 

Monday, May 23

3:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Tuition:  $100

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Creating Mash-ups with Gregg Fraley of KILN USA

June 6, 2016

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Learn the how to leverage the power of concept blends to solve problems and innovate.

 

 

It’s Reese’s peanut butter with chocolate, iTune’s music files with a brand new purchasing system and your favorite Top 40 song with a golden oldie. It’s combining the wine press with the concept of movable type to create the Printing Press. Mash-ups are behind many of the best inventions and innovations of all times. Breakthrough innovation happens when you combine concepts that have never been joined before.

 

 

Join KILN USA’s Chief Solver Gregg Fraley—author of Jack’s Notebook, for a detailed look at creative problem solving and mash-ups. Gregg will review the “how to” of combining complex concepts. This is a hands-on workshop (with a participant maximum of 30 people) where actual concept combinations will be done, using KILN’s IdeaKeg trend-objects. IdeaKeg by KILN was recently featured in the book Trend Drive Innovation by Henry Mason. IdeaKeg is a great tool but you can do concept blends/mash-ups with your own objects and concepts. With Fraley as your guide, you’ll develop your own breakthrough mash-ups and learn how to accelerate the innovation process in your own work.

 

Monday, June 6

4:00 pm — 6:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Tuition:  $50


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Gregg Fraley is an innovation consultant, writer, trainer, and speaker.  He facilitates idea generation/strategy sessions, consults on new product development, and on innovation process.  He’s worked with J&J, Verizon, Frito-Lay, Givaudan, Bayer, Budweiser, Allstate, CBOE, Johnsonville Sausage, Leo Burnett Advertising, SCJ, Nestle-Purina, and US Cellular among many others. Gregg is the founder of Gregg Fraley Innovation (USA) and London-based KILN Ideas, Ltd. http://kilnco.com/

 

Gregg is a widely recognized expert on structured creative problem solving process. His business parable “Jack’s Notebook” put the CPS (Creative Problem Solving, Osborn-Parnes model) process into an easy-to-read novel in an effort to reach a wider audience for deliberate creativity and innovation concepts.

 

Leadership Storytelling 101

Crafting a Brief and Brilliant Introduction

June 17, 2016

 

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Question. After listening to a typical PowerPoint presentation, how much data do you retain?  Chances are, not too much.  No, there is nothing wrong with your memory.  For over 25 years now, we have known that data is up to 20 times more likely to be remembered if it is shared in the context of a narrative.

 

 

The trouble is we dump data on our audience without weaving compelling narratives that connect the data.

 

 

The gift of storytelling isn’t a mysterious inborn ability for a select few.  Rather, it is a powerful skill that everyone can learn and master.  Join Leadership Story Lab on June 17th to learn the fundamental structure of a story and craft an engaging introduction.

 

 

Esther Choy, Founder and Chief Story Facilitator of Leadership Story Lab, will lead a structured process so that participants not only learn more about storytelling, but also get to practice it.  Bring business cards to share.  You will become a more effective storyteller, and develop new and meaningful relationships!

 

 

Leadership Story Lab teaches Classical Storytelling to Modern Leaders©.  Our institutional and individual clients are searching for ways to more meaningfully connect with their customers and partners. They operate in extremely competitive environments where credentials and qualification alone do not place them ahead.  Our clients need a compelling, memorable, and persuasive communication tool to connect with their audiences.  And they find storytelling to be the answer.  Sample clients include Kraft, US Cellular, ZS, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Baxter, Allstate, BP, Brookfield Asset Management, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, and Girl Scouts.  For more information, please visit us at LeadershipStoryLab.com.

 

 

Friday, June 17

8:00 am – 9:30 am.  Please note: Workshop content will begin at 8am.  

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Cost: 75.00/person including breakfast


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estherEsther Choy is the Founder and Chief Story Facilitator of Leadership Story Lab, a training and consulting firm dedicated to teaching classical storytelling to modern leaders.

 

An alumna of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Esther first discovered the persuasive power of storytelling during her years working as an admission officer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  As a top tier school, they had far more highly qualified applicants than seats available. Those who tell compelling stories tend to stand out and win admissions.

 

Since launching Leadership Story Lab in 2010, she has coached hundreds of managers at U.S. Fortune 500 companies (Allstate, Baxter Healthcare, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Groups, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, US Cellular and others), helping many of them get promoted, excel in their jobs, and motivate their teams and customers through storytelling.

 

To-date her investment-firm clients have raised over $5 billions in new assets under management, and have represented one of the first Western companies to win an account with a prominent Mainland Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund. Esther has also worked with the boards of directors of nonprofits to enhance their fundraising capability.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences and a lecturer at Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Education Programs.

 

Esther spent most of childhood in Hong Kong and is currently living in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. She is also working on her first book, tentatively titled Storytelling for Business Impact, to be published in 2017 by AMACOM Books.

The Tiny Book Show

July 11, 2016

 

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You are invited! Our friends at The Creativity Caravan are turning their vintage caravan named MAUDE (Mobile Art Unit Designed for Everyone) into a bookmobile of Lilliputian proportions, stopping in select locations around the country to display a collection of tiny books hand made by artists and writers from around the world. They’re starting out from their home in northern New Jersey and making just a one-day stop in Chicago. We are very excited that Maude will be parked out in front of Catalyst Ranch.

 

 

tiny booksThe Tiny Book Show features hundreds of handmade books, each measuring no more than 3 inches in dimension, and made by artists of all ages. This mobile exhibit is part of The Creative Caravan’s program of offerings, including art workshops, online classes, school programs, and special events focusing on creativity, collaboration, and community.

 

 

Poets and educators Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, founders of The Creativity Caravan, will be offering a unique, hands-on book-making workshop as part of the exhibit. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.

 

 

Monday, July 11

4:30 pm — 8:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

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