Coffee & Conversation

By | February 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Join C&C in February as we link up at Catalyst Ranch, an amazing event space in Chicago, to bring you another edition of community building over a cup of coffee! Saturday, February 18, 2017 Catalyst Ranch 656 W Randolph St 10:00am-1:00pm (drop in any time) Coffee provided! Coffee & Conversation is a Chicago-based community of entrepreneurs and [...]

Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | 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 [...]

February 2017 Artist Calendar Page

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Calendar|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite Chicago is Making Your New Year Fun!

By | January 31st, 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 [...]

The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

By | 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 [...]

Catalyst Ranch Anniversary Party!

By | November 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It's time for the Catalyst Ranch 14th Anniversary Party and you are invited! 2016 is the Year of the Monkey in Chinese culture, and we have been celebrating it all year by highlighting the Most Interesting People and events. This is the culmination of our year, and we would love for you to come celebrate the [...]

The Surprising World of Your Creative Mind

By | 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 | 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 | 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, [...]