Catalyst Ranch is Chicago's most creative Meeting and Special Events Space.

Facilitator Spotlight: Meet The Rise Group!

By | 2017-08-01T19:32:54+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: August, Creative, Innovation, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Who are The Rise Group and how did you get started? Rise is a small but mighty consulting firm, founded in 2013 and based in NYC. We are all about helping people work better, together. We’re experts in making collaboration happen in organizations and teams.We partner with our clients in two ways: Moments and Movements. Moments [...]

Don’t be an April Fool – Come to Ignite Chicago and Be Heard!

By | 2017-04-13T20:17:58+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for [...]

Bring March in Like a Lion with Ignite Chicago!

By | 2017-02-28T18:58:31+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for [...]

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 [...]

Creativity 101

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:10+00:00 February 18th, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Inspire, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s West Loop meeting venue, the word “creative” comes up a lot!  (Note the name of our blog!)  The meetings we host include brainstorming, lively discussions, and the development of innovative ideas.  We provide meeting attendees with plenty of stimuli and tools to foster creativity from projectors and flip charts to Play-Doh and [...]

How To Turn Ideas Into Action

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:15+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Categories: Creativity, Innovation, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We're so excited to have Chicago Ideas Week back at Catalyst Ranch today for another Innovation Board luncheon. For those who aren't familiar with CIW, the organization was founded in 2011 with the purpose of bringing thought leaders from all over the world to Chicago to "provoke new ideas and inspire actionable results." They seek to create a forum where [...]

4 Incredible Office Designs Where Form Meets Function

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:24+00:00 July 11th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We’ve written before about how the environment you work in directly affects your capacity for ideation, innovation and efficiency. Everything from company ethos on vacation to work hour flexibility. At Catalyst Ranch one of our core philosophies is that the physical world you work in is also one of the best sources for inspiration, especially when [...]

Brainstorming Starter Tips

By | 2017-04-27T13:24:03+00:00 March 18th, 2009|Categories: Brainstorm, Creativity, Innovation|Tags: |

On Monday we talked about the origins of brainstorms or ideation sessions. Those energetic sessions that companies use to develop a new product, provide company direction and find creative solutions to an existing problem.Having been part of many brainstorming sessions I have found that those that produce the desired results have one thing in common: COMPLETE [...]

Brainstorms Spur Creativity!

By | 2009-03-16T07:44:00+00:00 March 16th, 2009|Categories: Brainstorm, Creative Spaces, Creativity|Tags: |

The last time we met in the Creatives’ Space we mentioned brainstorm. Those fun, dynamic, energetic sessions that are used to produce a new product, provide a solution to a problem or create a new business venture. These sessions tend to have the best outcomes when individuals are gathered and given the opportunity to expand their [...]