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Facilitator Spotlight: Ah Ha!

By | 2018-05-14T19:50:11+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative, Creativity, Facilitator, Interviews, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Facilitator Spotlight: Ah Ha! What is Ah Ha! and what do you do? Ah Ha! has been facilitating insight and innovation for over 20 years! We are a facilitation and consulting company that works to inspire people, connect knowledge and illuminate possibilities. Our custom-designed, facilitated sessions can include qualitative research, ideation, design thinking and strategic planning. [...]

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Episode #3 To Play Or Not to Play

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:16+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: April, Create, Creativity, Inspire, Newsletter, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Previously On The Digital Adventures of Pogo... Pogo, the creative soul of Catalyst Ranch, showed us that a change in environment can spark creativity and innovation in surprising ways, you just have to be open to trying new approaches in thinking. Ep.3 To Play Or Not to Play *Pogo is the Catalyst Ranch mascot. He represents [...]

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Your Own Plastic Recycling Workshop!

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:22+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Categories: Create, Entrepreneurs, January, Teach, Uncategorized, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"In case you didn't notice. . " Everywhere you go, grocery stores are using less plastic bags, companies are reducing the use of plastic in their water and soda bottles, and eco-friendly companies are finding new ways to transport their products. The next logical question for someone concerned with the well-being of the planet and his or [...]

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The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:22+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 [...]

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Molly Wagner and her new A Christmas Carol

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:23+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 [...]

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The Surprising World of Your Creative Mind

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:24+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 [...]

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Channing Harris of Excuse Me Officer, November’s Inspiration

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:24+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 [...]

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Meet Networking Ninja Tehilla Newman!

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:25+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative, Creativity, Design, Interviews, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Hello! My name is Tehilla. (sounds like "tequila") Newman; Catalyst Ranch's new Business Development Manager, Networking Ninja and Relationship Revolutionizer. After having grown up in Cherry Hill, NJ, I came to Chicago to go to Graduate School at a prestigious Theater Program. Having never failed anything before in my life, when the school "cut" me [...]

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Meeting Tip of the Week for August 30th

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:26+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 [...]

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