You’re Invited! A Creative Conversation about Lateral Thinking Strategies


Join the EmcArts/ArtsFwd team on Monday, June 24th from 7:00-9:00PM at our office in New York City for a live Creative Conversation about lateral thinking strategies.

This workshop will provide a unique, in-person opportunity to gain new skills in lateral thinking strategies, engage with others in the field about adaptive change in arts organizations, and participate in the exciting crowdsourcing initiative taking place within the ArtsFwd Business Unusual National Challenge.

Attendees will try out two lateral thinking activities for themselves, learn new strategies and skills, and leave the workshop equipped with new tools for tackling adaptive change initiatives in their respective organizations and work. The two activities are:

  • Random Entry, which helps to generate a high volume of new ideas by breaking usual thinking patterns.
  • Innovation Transfer, which helps to draw parallels between successful strategies from another adaptive change project and a current project.

Through these activities, attendees will develop outside-the-box responses to the project proposed by HowlRound, one of the ArtsFwd Business Unusual National Challenge Finalist organizations. Representatives from HowlRound will be present to respond to the newly generated ideas and responses from these activities, which can then be used as they move forward to tackle their adaptive challenge.

This event is open to anyone with an interest in adaptive change, innovation, new approaches to complex challenges, and crowdsourcing projects, including: practitioners, service providers, policy makers, academics, activists, and students.

We hope you’ll join us! This is a free event, and wine and light refreshments will be served.

When: Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
(All are welcome to come as early as 6:30pm for snacks and conversation.)

Where: EmcArts, 127 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027

RSVP below!

Karina Mangu-Ward is the former Director of Strategic Initiatives at EmcArts.