Discovery Dialogues

Creativity in Business: Applied Discovery
Engage Your One-of-a-Kind Creativity and Apply it for
Work that is Innovative, Meaningful and Generative!

Discovery Dialogues with Pioneering Practitioners


We've gathered thought leaders and practitioners, entrepreneurs, authors, change agents, and innovators from around the world - in the fields of applied creativity, innovation, leadership, human potential and development, entrepreneurship and organizational change - to explore discovery and applied creativity in work and business; social change; and personal and professional development and growth.

These are for entrepreneurs, leaders, executives, managers, learning and innovation officers, facilitators, trainers, OD and HR practitioners, consultants, coaches and anyone who wants to be more innovative, adaptive, resilient and expressive in the changing world of work, or facilitate that for others
Out theme is Applied Discovery: setting the stage for discovery, generating new ideas and insights, and using your creativity to apply your discoveries in your work, life, or business.

Each session is an integration of storytelling, generative dialogue and practical “how-to” applications to delve deep into the creative process for more originality, meaning and engagement in work, and better business results.

We explore:
• Ways to access and engage your creativity

• Creative work cultures, environments and spaces

• Conditions for something new and different to emerge

• Moving through creative blocks and navigating the unknown
• The discovery mindset – beliefs, assumptions, values, ways of thinking and being

• Changing the shutting-down discomfort of uncertainty into the opening-up curiosity of discovery

• Cultivating more passion and engagement in your work

• The use of whole brain methods - including storytelling, improvisation, performance, movement, arts-based learning
  and visual thinking - in training, and for better business results

• Facilitating creative process 

• Applying what you discover to create something new in your work or workplace, and life
• And much more!
Receive your own complete package of all of the Dialogues - with 16 hours of principles, practices, ideas, techniques, and frameworks you can start applying to your work, life or business right away to help you discover, create, and innovate in your awesomely unique way. Click here for more information and to order:

Discovery – and its creative application - is your one-of-a-kind contribution! There is a personal creative empowerment that comes from what we learn, experience and discover directly for ourselves. It is what differentiates us and gives us our unique “signature” approach in our work. It inspires our unique creations and contributions.

Format: Each dialogue is centered around the theme of discovery, transformation, creativity and business application. Each session is a mix of storytelling, knowledge and information sharing, creativity principles, practical applications, and experiential practices to take with you or engage in real time.

Intention: All of our innovative speakers (listed below) makes a living from what they have discovered and applied to their work, and help cultivate the creativity in others. In this summit, our intention is to give you juicy food for thought along with approaches to inspire and stimulate your own discoveries and their creative application in your work in the world. Take whatever resonates and make it your own!

Both Inside out and Outside in: In this summit we explore evolving personally and professionally. We focus on creating and discovering from both the outside-in (practices, frameworks, conditions, applications) and the inside-out (mindsets, passion, motivation, ways of being). We explore both the “yin” and the “yang” of discovery and creativity – the balance of heart and head, right brain and left brain, being and doing, reflection and action, strategy and emergence.

John Hagel
Author of
The Power of Pull

Corporate Creativity and the Power of Pull
John talks about the different types of passion, trust-based relationships, the power of vulnerability, cultivating the whole person, creative work cultures, creative teams and more. He ends with a "positive friction" practice on for more creative work teams.

Nathan Schwagler
Author of Organizational Creativity

Creative Thinking
Nate talks about the creativity mindset, extracting learning form mistakes, applied creativity exercises and resources, turning ideas into action and what to consider, constraint driven creativity and more. He ends with a practice on challenging assumptions.

Jennifer Lee
Author of The Right Brain Business Plan

Right Brain Business Planning
Jennifer talks about her creative process, visual thinking, right brain business planning, accessing intuition, the role of feedback int he creative process, intuitive painting, and more. She ends with a cool visual thinking practice you can do in real time.

Dan Pink
Author of A Whole New Mind

Creative Process
Dan talked about his creative process, his new book, creating space for discovery, overcoming learned helplessness, creative inquiry, finding what is yours to do - your unique fit, creative mindsets, and more. He ended with a practice for harvesting ideas.

Michael Margolis
CEO of Get Storied

Applied Storytelling
Michael talked about applied storytelling, story building, reshaping our reality, setbacks before breakthroughs, humanizing language, meaning in stories, the story map and more. He shared a practice for moving beyond the problem/solution model into new possibilities.

Cathy Salit
CEO of Performance
of a Lifetime

Applied Improvisation and Performance

Cathy talked about breaking the rules, creating what you desire, breaking out of roles and patterns, using improv and performance to discover, co-creating and collective ownership and more. She gave practices for expanding possibilities and working w/tension

William Hall
Co-founder of
Fratelli Bologna

Applied Improvisation and Using Masks

William talked using masks and "unmasking", archetypes and creativity, cultivating creativity in organizations, applied improvisation and co-creative team performance, creative debriefing, collaborative play and more with lots of practices and examples.

Jonathan Bender
Founder of WholeSpeak

Authentic Speaking and Your Creative Voice

Jonathan talked about performance techniques, embodied speaking and presenting, waking up your voice and using it for impact and resonance, the use of the body in creative process and much more, creative mindsets, and he gave practices and examples.

Julie Daley
Founder of
Creative Wellspring

Creating From the Inside Out

Julie talked about creating from the inside out, the vital creative energy, cultivating trust in your own creative nature, incubating and strategizing in the creative process, whole-person creating, embodiment, and more and offered various practices and examples.

Linda Naiman
Founder of
Creativity at Work

Arts-Based Learning and Facilitating

Linda talked about arts-based learning, what art can teach business and the connection between art and leadership, how to think like an artist and solve business problems, tapping into your childhood genius, facilitating arts-based learning, visualization and more.

Michael Gelb
Author of
How to Think Like
Leonardo DaVinci

Creative Thinking

Michael talked about creativity and human potential, how to think like Leonardo DaVinci, visual thinking, mind mapping, applying creativity with work teams, anymore. He ended with a creative framework you can apply from his book, How to Innovate like Edison.

Annalie Killian
Director of
Human Networks
Sparks and Honey

Corporate Creativity and Innovation

Annalie  talked about creativity at intersections, leading innovation initiatives in the corporate world, handling resistance and getting buy-in, multi-sensory immersion experiences, cultivating your intrapreneur, and offered a metaphoric thinking practice.

Frank Spencer
CEO of Kedge

Applied Creativity in Futures Thinking

Frank talked about creativity, discovery and innovation in business through the lens of futures thinking and foresight, trends and patterns, creative thinking/visioning tools, design fiction and facilitated a process of discovering "wicked" opportunities. 

Julie Ann Turner
Founder of

Your Creative Power

Julie Ann talked about stepping into your creative power, visual tools in your creative process, owning and crafting your own body of work, handling internal and external "critics" in creating, and facilitated a process of moving from what is into what can be.  

Neil Mullarkey
CEO of
Improv Your Biz

Applied Improvisation

Neil talked about applied improvisation, power imbalances that inhibit creativity, cultivating fun, living organizations, being "in charge not in control", comedy as a unifying force, ordinary and extraordinary mngt, accessing everyday creativity.  

Michelle James
CEO of The Center
for Creative Emergence

Creativity Facilitation

Michelle integrated some of what emerged in previous presentations and shared some creativity facilitation ideas and principles, and ended with a body-centered creative practice from her upcoming book, Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator's Guide to Cultivating Creativity.

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32 Creativity and Innovation Thought Leaders Explore Applied Creativity, Creative Leadership and Navigating the New Work Paradigm. Each content-rich interview includes a "Making it Real" section with juicy exercises to apply to your work!

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