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Our 2018 Chicago Ideas Week Short List

By |2018-09-27T20:11:53+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Creativity, Events, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Newsletter, October, Teach, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's our favorite time of year, y'all! No, we're not talking about sweater-weather autumn. We're talking about the approach of this year's Chicago Ideas Week, which of course brings with it our 2018 Chicago Ideas Week Short List! This annual festival is coming round' the mountain, kicking off on October 15. Chicago Ideas Week gathers over 200 global [...]

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Episode #2: What is This Bird Even Doing Here?

By |2018-04-26T16:54:17+00:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Events, Innovation, Inspire, Meeting Tip, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Previously on The Digital Adventures of Pogo... Pogo and Eva teamed up to break out of their cubicle blues and into the world of creativity. We learned what an impact a creative environment can have on a person and the potential it can unlock in a meeting. Having escaped Mr.Whitewalls, Eva and Pogo founded Catalyst Ranch [...]

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Inspiration Through Song with Jessica Allossery

By |2018-04-26T16:54:17+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Categories: August, Events, Inspire, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inspiration Through Personalized Songs On Saturday September 9th at 8:00 PM, in collaboration with West Loop Life, Catalyst Ranch is hosting Canadian writer/songstress Jessica Allossery, who is travelling through North America performing her original music in people’s homes and small locations in cities and towns. With her totally refurbished camper Pearl, she will be touching fans [...]

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How to Choose a Special Events Venue: The Must-Have Checklist

By |2018-04-26T16:54:18+00:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Events, Featured Blog, July, Special Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How to Choose a Special Events Venue: The Must-Have Checklist By Kim Jean This is how to choose a special events venue. You arm yourself with the must-have special events checklist. What is on the checklist you ask? First, imagine this: The day you planned for is here, everything is perfect, guests are having the time [...]

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Winning Formula to Ace a Meeting or Event

By |2018-04-26T16:54:20+00:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: Creative Spaces, Creativity, Design, Employees, Events, Inspire, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is not another article about meetings and events! Well, yes, I guess it is but it’s not just another article about meetings and events. So read on. This article is about the winning formula to ace a meeting or event. But for whom? There are countless how to, top this and top that articles that [...]

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3 Big, Easy Tips for a Green Meeting

By |2018-09-12T20:30:09+00:00April 6th, 2017|Categories: Creative Spaces, Events, Meeting Tip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Believe it or not, for an industry that is all about people and forging connections between them, the Meeting and Event industry generates a lot of waste. From all the handouts, to the food and even where all the furniture comes from, meetings and events leave a fairly sizable carbon footprint. At Catalyst Ranch, "green" [...]

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Storytelling & the 2016 Election

By |2018-04-26T16:54:21+00:00January 5th, 2017|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Events, Ignite Theatre, January, Meet, One-Woman Show, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was 4AM and the sun was far from up. But there I was. Awake and gulping down coffee with excitement and purpose. I grabbed my backpack, slipped into my uber, and prepared to spend the next sixteen hours working as an Election Coordinator. I was assigned outside of my ward, (which I was a little [...]

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Esther Choy on “Should I Really Admit This?”

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22+00:00January 4th, 2017|Categories: Consultants, Events, Interviews, January, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Tommie Hansen via creativecommons.org Should I Really Admit This? How to Find Common Ground at Networking Events I belong to a private club in downtown Chicago. It occupies a regal, historic building. Membership requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, three letters of support from current members, and an ability to shoulder a monthly [...]

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The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22+00:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Interviews, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jodi Whitlock of Corporate Event Interactive tells us about how their team got started, where she likes to vacation (don't forget the wine!) and what's coming up for CEI. What made you get into this business? CEI began as a traditional event planning company. We quickly discovered an affinity for the teambuilding and interactive part of [...]

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Meet Kim Jean

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22+00:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: December, Events, Ignite Theatre, Interviews, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

One of the first things you notice about Kim Jean is her big smile, her infectious presence, and her is-it-British-or-Caribbean accent. Ok that was more than one thing. Let’s say there is a lot you notice about her in the first few minutes in her presence. And we are very happy to have her here at [...]

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