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Molly Wagner and her new A Christmas Carol

By |2018-04-26T16:54:23-05:00November 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 |2018-04-26T16:54:24-05:00November 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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What We’ve Known For 14 Years. . .

By |2018-04-26T16:54:24-05:00October 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, [...]

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Meet Networking Ninja Tehilla Newman!

By |2018-04-26T16:54:25-05:00October 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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September Coloring Book Calendar 2016

By |2018-04-26T16:54:26-05:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Art, Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, September, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hover over the coloring book calendar page then click the magnifying glass to print your September 2016 calendar. Color it in and post it to our Facebook page for a chance to win a nifty prize!

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Meeting Tip of the Week for August 30th

By |2018-04-26T16:54:26-05:00August 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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Meeting Tip of the Day for 8/8/16

By |2018-04-26T16:54:27-05:00August 9th, 2016|Categories: Create, Creativity, Meeting Tip, Teambuilding, Tip, Tip of the Day|Tags: , , , , , |

If you are looking to take your meeting to the next level, one of the best ways is to mix in a teambuilding exercise. Whether you are combining groups, shaking up your corporate structure, or just trying to get your co-workers to gel better, an activity that revolves around doing something together can do wonders.  Actively engaging [...]

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A Mandate to Incite Insight

By |2018-04-26T16:54:31-05:00August 19th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creativity, Innovation, Inspire|

We were recently thrilled to receive our very first Incite Insight Notebooks! It's been something on our wishlist for a long time - a notebook that our clients and fans could take home with them to continue inspiring them even when they're not here at Catalyst Ranch. So, we partnered with Shawn Smith who owns Resketch, [...]

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projectMUSIC

By |2018-04-26T16:54:32-05:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creativity, Events, Inspire, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The stories of the 40 children who live at LYDIA are consistently shocking and upsetting. These kids have been handed one of the most difficult challenges the world can offer - being taken from their parents due to abuse and/or neglect. The children in LYDIA’s Residential Treatment Center (home for abused and neglected children) are all [...]

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Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins

By |2018-04-26T16:54:32-05:00June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Inspire, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins At Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s first unconventional meeting venue, we love re-purposed art and furniture! Stroll around the Ranch and you’ll see classic lamp stands with modern lampshades, tea tins from around the globe that have turned into pen holders, and re-painted picture frames embellished with beads and trinkets. There is [...]

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