The Everyday Creative Mind

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Creativity can come naturally to some, but it is also a skill that can be developed, learned and practiced. The Everyday Creative Mind is an interactive four-part workshop series that will introduce concepts, skills and perspectives on creativity that be incorporated into your everyday life.

The program will consist of 4 workshops on the following topics:

  • Ignite Your Everyday Creativity
  • The Big Three: Curiosity, Openness and Inventive Thinking
  • Creative Thinking Under Stress
  • Appreciative Inquiry: What Worked During the Pandemic

Ignite Your Everyday Creativity

Date: Wednesday April 27
Time: 8:30 – 10:00am
Location: Microsoft Teams

Are you ready to ignite your everyday creativity? Then this workshop is designed for YOU! In this session, you will learn various perspectives of creativity, and explore a creative thinking skill set. Next, you will identify your core creative strengths and areas for potential growth. Finally, you will build these skills into your personal and professional life.

In this session you will:

  • Understand what creativity is and why it is important
  • Explore a creative thinking skillset
  • Identify core creative strengths and areas for potential growth
  • Create a plan to build these skills in your life

The Big Three: Curiosity, Openness, and Inventive Thinking

Date: Wednesday May 4
Time: 8:30 – 10:00am
Location: Microsoft Teams

What are the core competencies you need to be a more creative person? This workshop takes a deep dive into three core skills for living a creative life – curiosity, openness and inventive thinking. As each skill is introduced, you will be invited to practice the skill on your own and reflect on how you might deliberately nurture and develop the skill in your daily life.

In this session you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the core skills for being a creative person
  • Practice the skills for being open, curious and inventive
  • Create a plan for how you will bring these skills into your life

Creative Thinking Preferences Under Stress

Date: Wednesday May 11
Time: 8:30 – 10:00am
Location: Microsoft Teams

While every human is hard-wired to think creatively, we all do it differently. So collaborating can be rough or rewarding, depending on your level of training and awareness. The FourSight Thinking Styles is based on 20 years of research. It reveals our personal thinking style, to help us understand how we instinctively approach a challenge. With the FourSight theory, you can ask if your style preference is a Clarifier? An Ideator? A Developer? An Implementer? Some Combination? Understanding and leveraging thinking style is the first step toward achieving consistent breakthrough results.

In this session you will:

  • Relate individual thinking preferences to problem-solving and innovative results
  • Examine how to leverage individual thinking preferences to enhance collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and innovation in your working groups
  • Be able to articulate what works for you when collaborating with others
  • Gain a way to short circuit conflict

Appreciative Inquiry: What Worked During the Pandemic

Date: Wednesday May 18
Time: 8:30 – 10:00am
Location: Microsoft Teams

How amazing would it be if we could bring about positive change into our lives during these surreal times? Clearly, the pandemic continues to weigh on us, and it makes it easy to only focus on the negative. What if we were to explore the way we thought, our creations, the way we navigated life, and unpack them to identify what worked and why it made us most proud during these times? And, what if we were to learn from these stories of success so that we can do more of it in our daily lives? We can do this using a change method called Appreciative Inquiry (AI for short).

In this session you will:

  • Learn the principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and apply them to identify their personal stories of success during the pandemic
  • Curate these stories to identify the tools, mindset, practices and climate that contributed to their peak experiences
  • Learn from and be energized by each other


Dr. Cyndi Burnett

Dr. Cyndi Burnett is the Director of Possibilities for Creativity and Education, an organization whose mission is to infuse creative thinking skills into every classroom around the world. She spent 20 years as an academic teaching deliberate creative thinking and creativity problem-solving in the department of Creativity and Change Leadership at SUNY Buffalo State. Her work includes projects such as: working with educators to bring creative thinking into the classroom, connecting communities of creative thinkers via social media and designing and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Igniting Your Everyday Creativity. She is the recipient of the President’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching 2018 by SUNY Buffalo State, was Buffalo Business First, Woman of Influence 2018 for her work in creativity, and was featured in the NY Times article titled, “Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline.”

Dr. Burnett will be leading the “Ignite Your Everyday Creativity” and “The Big Three: Curiosity, Openness and Inventive Thinking” sessions.

Dr. John Cabra

Dr. John Cabra is a Professor Emeritus in Creativity and Change Leadership at SUNY Buffalo State where he focused on teaching, assessing, and researching the science of creativity. John is also Co-Founder and Vice President of the non-profit Institute for Myanmar United, which provides training services for Burmese refugees in the United States. John is also a Fulbright Scholar. He served his Fulbright at the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB). There, he helped found UNAB’s Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and facilitated UNAB’s organizational culture change process to become the first creative campus in Latin America. John has written journal articles, book chapters, and books in the areas of business, technology, engineering, and creativity. In 2017, he and his colleagues published their book Organizational Creativity: A Practical Guide for Innovators and Entrepreneurs by SAGE Publications. Dr. Cabra is also a visiting professor at the Universidad de La Sabana located in Colombia. John earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Manchester, England, and an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York.

Dr. Cabra will be leading the “Creative Thinking Preferences Under Stress” and “Appreciative Inquiry: What Worked During the Pandemic” workshops.

Email Cassie Price, Program Manager, Brock LINC at cprice2@brocku.ca with any questions about the Everyday Creative Mind Program.