Chicago Ideas Week at Workspring

For one week each October, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) brings together some of the world’s most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago.

With a common interest in supporting idea generation, sharing and action, Workspring will be hosting a CIW Lab, offering participants a unique, insightful experience at our Chicago centre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Creating Mash-ups with KILN USA
Thursday, October 15 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
It’s Reese’s peanut butter with chocolate, iTune’s music files with a purchasing system and your favorite Top 40 song with a golden oldie. Mash-ups are behind many of the best inventions and innovations of the past hundred years. Join KILN USA’s Chief Solver Gregg Fraley—author of Jack’s Notebook, a look at creative problem solving and mash-ups—for a discussion and hands-on workshop of concept combinations. With Fraley as your guide, you’ll develop your own breakthrough mash-up and learn how to accelerate the innovation process in your own work.

Register here.

About the Speaker:

GreggFraleyGregg Fraley is an author, speaker, trainer, and innovation consultant. Gregg is the author of Jack’s Notebook, a business fable about creative problem solving. Jack’s Notebook is used by schools like University of California at Berkeley, St. John’s, and Cambridge’s Judge Business School (UK).

A serial entrepreneur, he’s currently a partner and co-founder of London-based KILN Ideas Ltd. KILN offers IdeaKeg™, an innovation stimulus system, as a subscription service. IdeaKeg helps teams think differently with artifacts that represent global trends and innovation concepts. It’s like a 3D magazine you use to aid your innovation process. See:

An experienced innovation facilitator and project manager, his customers include Allstate, Whirlpool, Johnsonville Sausage, and The Crosby Group. He also works with business-to-business companies and start-ups. He’s on the faculty at the Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend, Indiana, and is a content partner with the Certified Innovation Mentorship program at Notre Dame. He’s a former board member of the Creative Education Foundation and a Distinguished Leader at it’s annual Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI). Gregg is a 15-year professional member of the National Speakers Association and has spoken at association meetings, events, and conferences around the world. His talk on imagination at TEDxStormont in Belfast, Ireland is available online (see: TEDx)



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