Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:27+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Creative Spaces, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Levi is an innovator and entrepreneur who is bringing together other innovators and entrepreneurs in a spirit of collaboration in a no-pressure environment.  He brings this spirit to the West Loop when Coffee & Conversation comes to Catalyst Ranch in February. Name: Levi Baer Name of Your Company: Second Shift, teacher at DePaul University, and leader [...]

The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:28+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Interviews, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jodi Whitlock of Corporate Event Interactive tells us about how their team got started, where she likes to vacation (don't forget the wine!) and what's coming up for CEI. What made you get into this business? CEI began as a traditional event planning company. We quickly discovered an affinity for the teambuilding and interactive part of [...]

The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:29+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Categories: Art, Create, December, Design, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So you say you always wanted to see lifelike animals sculpted out of newspaper but never knew where to find them?  Well, look no further!  Paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly detailed three dimensional sculptures (the sleeping one above looks like Pogo's long-lost cousin!) out of everyday newspapers. By binding rolled and twisted wet newspaper, using the [...]

Molly Wagner and her new A Christmas Carol

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:30+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Categories: Create, Creative, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Events, Holidays, Innovation, Uncategorized|

In this blog we learn about how Chicago actor Molly Wagner got her inspiration for adapting A Christmas Carol for Ignite Theatre, an interactive and immersive passion project that debuts in December. Every December, for as long as I can remember, I would find a little red book sitting on my dad’s bedside table. It was [...]

The Surprising World of Your Creative Mind

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:30+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Meetings, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Catalyst Ranch is celebrating its 14th anniversary, and for all that time, we have understood the importance of environment.  We have colorful fuzzy pipe cleaners on the tables to bend into fun shapes.  Ethnic and contemporary art decorates every wall.  We have coffee brewing and elaborate snack services to satisfy smell and taste, and lively conversation [...]

Channing Harris of Excuse Me Officer, November’s Inspiration

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:30+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Create, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, November, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the great things about the Catalyst Ranch philosophy is to give back whenever possible.  To that end we partner with great organizations and sponsor other events that make a difference, like the South Side Pitch, hosted by the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School.  Our sponsorship donation [...]

What We’ve Known For 14 Years. . .

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:30+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip of the Week, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

I stumbled across this article written for LinkedIn by Rene de Ruijter, and thought it was terrifically written and would be of great interest to our Ranch audience.  I figured I would "dissect" it below.  The link to the full article is at the bottom. "The right working environment can stimulate creativity and innovation. Colours, lighting, [...]

Who Wouldn’t Love a No Waste Grocery Store?

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

ZERO WASTE MARKET I remember when I was a kid and my mom would take me a half hour away to piano lessons.  After the lesson, as a reward, Mom would take my brother and I to a store that had candy and gum and seeds and nuts in big barrels and bins, and [...]

Do You Really Know Thoughtly Crew?

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

We sat down with Holly Birnbaum, one of the founders of Thoughtly Crew, to ask about Creative Thinking Agents, consumer market research groups, and partnering with Catalyst Ranch.  Here's what she said!   Who is Thoughtly Crew? Thoughtly Crew, the world's first independent pool of creative consumers, was launched in 2005 by Holly Birnbaum, Scott Cheney [...]

Meeting Tip of the Week for August 30th

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:32+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative, Creativity, Innovation, Meetings, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Tip of the Day, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Using Puzzles to Build Your Team If you are looking to capitalize on the Pokemon Go craze but don't want to fall off a cliff while on your phone, a great place to look is The Mystery League.  #Crain's Chicago Business just highlighted Sandor Weisz and his brainchild company, touting the benefits of people working together [...]