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Diversity and Inclusion: ‘Build Bridges, Not Walls’

By |2018-04-26T16:54:34-05:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Art, Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome guest blogger and Catalyst Ranch Art-Work Program Facilitator, Troy Cicero! Diversity and Inclusion are indeed my passion, and what I have discovered is that as organizations attempt to embark on a diversity and inclusion journey, one of the biggest challenges faced is executive level commitment. Executives often view their role as approving the diversity and [...]

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How One Idea Can Turn Into Millions

By |2018-04-26T16:55:15-05:00November 15th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Today’s blog entry is guest written by Kristin Neperud Merz of www.unscribbled.com where she has been designing, branding and doing all things creative since 2000. Kristin also serves Catalyst Ranch as a Creative Strategist and is our designer of all things digital. You can see some of her fabulous work in our website redesign which is now live! She is also the [...]

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Reinventing the Qualitative Research Space

By |2018-04-26T16:55:45-05:00April 8th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Meet, Meetings|Tags: , , , , |

Our whole philosophy at Catalyst Ranch is based on new ideas sparked from a creative, non-typical space. Over the last few years we’ve expanded our business into the qualitative research industry and have been delighted with so much positive feedback from our clients! If  our space can inspire better ideas for corporate meetings, brainstorms, and retreats, [...]

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Is Inspiration More Dependent on People or Places?

By |2018-04-26T16:55:46-05:00March 21st, 2013|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Meet, Meetings|

The debate about “working from home” continues. Last week, Chicago Ideas Week shared the video “World of Work,” a conversation between 37Signals co-founder and CEO Jason Fried and James Warren of The Daily Beast/Newsweek. (if reading from email, click here to view this video)   Fried presents his office’s non-traditional work methods, including “quiet Thursdays” where [...]

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Social Media Gender Statistics Come To Life For Social Media Week 2012!

By |2018-04-26T16:55:50-05:00September 13th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Social Media Week is coming back to Chicago for a second year and we're very excited to be part of it again on September 25th.  Last year, we hosted a lively and informative panel about how the different generational groups use social media differently. Within that panel, we found the inspiration for our event this year. [...]

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Local Feature’s THE INTERRUPTERS a smashing success!

By |2018-04-26T16:55:50-05:00August 30th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our film series LOCAL FEATURE debuted with The Interrupters last week and the event was a smashing success! Attendees arrived early to munch on some delicious snacks, including the scrumptious cupcakes provided by GiGi's Bake Shop. After a warm welcome from our ever-friendly Ranch Staff, Gala Gal Lauren Smith kicked off the event by talking about the [...]

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Catalyst Ranch Designed Cubicle

By |2018-04-26T16:55:51-05:00August 1st, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Inspire|

From Drab to Fab... the Catalyst Ranch design team does it again. Dessa, our 2012 spring winner, now happily enjoys her newly improved desk. Dessa vocalized a desire that one wall of her long cubicle be an area of inspiration for her when she's working on projects. We addressed this aspect of the design by creating [...]

Getting social with Generation Y!

By |2018-04-26T16:57:20-05:00September 30th, 2011|Categories: Brainstorm, Creative Spaces, Creativity|Tags: , , , |

The global event Social Media Week hit Chicago for the first time from 9/19 - 9/23/2011 and Catalyst Ranch was in on the action! With such great local events like "Journalism in the Age of the Tweet" and "The Power of Social Media for Social Activism", we wondered where we might fit in. But with our passion for innovation and creativity, as well as invoking conversations no one else was having, we came up with the perfect event.

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From Drab to Fab….. Catalyst Ranch’s 2011 Cubicle Makeover

By |2018-04-26T16:57:20-05:00July 7th, 2011|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Inspire|Tags: |

Margarita Zepeda, winner of our 2011 Cubicle Makeover Contest, was sure surprised when she walked into her fresh, new colorful workspace as the Catalyst Ranch Design Team put their finishing touches on the newly made-over cubicle. The once dreary desk that doubled as an easy-access supply station for co-workers, is now fabulous colorful and completely Margarita. [...]

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Cure for Cubicle Blues…. 10 great ideas to Makeover Your Workspace

By |2018-04-26T16:57:21-05:00April 26th, 2011|Categories: Creative Spaces, Creativity, Inspire|Tags: |

It's time for a cubicle makeover everyone can achieve! Considering the amount of time you spend inside it, set out to convert your workspace into a place you can look forward to and enjoy. Thinking ‘inside the box’, if you will. Not only will you feel good, but chances are your productivity will increase as well. [...]