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Episode #4 Attack of The A/V Gremlins

By | 2018-05-03T18:34:21+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, May, Meetings, Newsletter, Problem Solving, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Previously on The Digital Adventures of Pogo... The power of play is a wonderful thing. It sneaks up in your brain and coaxes out the child like imagination hiding within. Play is the key to productivity and innovation. The Attack of the A/V Gremlins! Featuring Professor Planner & Pogo After weeks of preparation, the big day [...]

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

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:17+00:00 March 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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Facilitator Spotlight: Meet The Rise Group!

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:18+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: August, Creative, Innovation, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Who are The Rise Group and how did you get started? Rise is a small but mighty consulting firm, founded in 2013 and based in NYC. We are all about helping people work better, together. We’re experts in making collaboration happen in organizations and teams.We partner with our clients in two ways: Moments and Movements. Moments [...]

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Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:21+00:00 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 [...]

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The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:22+00:00 December 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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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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What We’ve Known For 14 Years. . .

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

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