New Creativity Seminar on May 1, 2012

I’ve developed a completely new one-day seminar on enhancing creativity. It will be offered for the first time in St. Louis on May 1, through Olin Business School’s Executive Education programs, at the Knight Center on the Washington University campus. I’m really excited about this seminar, because all of the advice is based in solid scientific research, and designed for practical application.

You can learn more and register at this link. Here are some details:

Seminar Details
Innovation is the driver for thriving companies today.  There is a strong correlation between creativity, productivity and results.  This seminar will provide you with a set of practical skills and techniques to enhance your creativity and engage in hands-on activities for each of the steps.  You will learn how to identify common blocks to creativity and specific techniques to overcome each of the blocks.

Professor Sawyer is one of the world’s leading experts on creativity and innovation.  He has published ten books and over 80 scientific articles on the topic.  This seminar is based on a new book he is currently writing, The Compass: The Science of Achieving Breakthrough Creativity.


  • The key competencies of exceptional creators
  • How to apply creativity effectively to the everyday needs of your job
  • The eight steps behind every successful new idea
  • What psychologists have discovered about creative minds
  • Planning for application

When you have completed this session, you will understand:

  • How to have more ideas and better ideas
  • How to identify common blocks to creativity
  • A set of practical skills and techniques that lead to creative results
  • How to apply scientifically-grounded techniques to everyday creative problems
  • How to identify new opportunities and how to formulate problems in new ways

KANEKO: Creativity in Omaha

Tonight, I’m giving the keynote talk at a big event at KANEKO, a creative space in the historic center of Omaha, created by artists Jun and Ree Kaneko. KANEKO is an “Open Space for Your Mind” that aims to foster creativity in the arts, sciences, and philosophy. As one of their brochures puts it,

KANEKO is a new kind of organization–not a museum–not a gallery–not solely a library nor a research center–but a space for minds that nurtures and promotes creativity in the arts, sciences, business, and philosophy…an open space in which creativity and innovation are freely explored.

KANEKO has been responsible for bringing to Omaha thought leaders including Ken Robinson, Nicholas Kristof, and Daniel Levitin, and also creators like Roseanne Cash and Joan Acocella.

It’s a beautiful space, a converted warehouse with a Bow Truss ceiling. My keynote talk is on creativity and collaboration, so it’s really cool that tonight’s event also includes an improvised music performance along with a group creativity activity for the entire audience. Thanks to Executive Director Hal France for making this event happen!