We start with client need and work collaboratively and iteratively to build a process that meets it, while inspiring new thinking, innovative approaches, and meaningful action plans.
Who would seek Catalyst Muse services?
We work with public benefit organizations, entrepreneurs, creatives, and civic groups with a problem to solve, system to streamline, process to re-imagine, transition to guide, department or whole enterprise to restructure, narrative to storyboard, personnel conflict to address, seed of an idea to grow, community to empower!
Catalyst Muse provides useful, insightful expertise in these arenas to support systemic and transformational change. We don’t have to be experts in your arena. We have to be expert at helping people across arenas to find inspired, effective ways to address their most pressing questions.
What happens during a Catalyst Muse facilitation?
Catalyst Muse facilitations are built on a solid foundation of theory and applied practice. Our work is informed by the tools and techniques of Creative Problem Solving (CPS), which you can learn more about by clicking on the orange text.
We enhance and amplify CPS with a mix of theoretical lines of inquiry and applied practices. Some thought leaders and materials that might find their way into a Catalyst Muse facilitation, depending on the need, include:
- Accelerated Learning (D. Meier)
- Appreciative Inquiry (D. Cooperrider, D. Whitney, J. Stavros)
- Improv Wisdom (P. R. Madson)
- Making Thinking Visible (R. Richhart, M. Church, K. Morrison)
- Managing Transitions (W. Bridges, S. Bridges)
- Oblique Strategies (B. Eno)
- Process Drama (B. Way, D. Heathcote, G. Bolton)
- Systems Theory and Systems Thinking (P. Senge, D. Meadows)
- Understanding by Design (G. Wiggins, J. Tighe)
- Our lived experiences, nature in all systems and forms, science, literature, music, dance, classical and modern theatre, visual art, street art, cinema, popular culture, and scholarly works are continual sources of knowledge, insight, and inspiration.
Do you offer online facilitations?
We are fluent in several communication and collaborative platforms, including FaceTime, Google Meet, Miro, Mural, and Zoom. We text, call, email, deploy carrier pigeons. In other words, we meet you where you are on the technology continuum. We integrate different types of learning and intelligence into our processes using SAVI techniques (somatic, auditory, visual, intellectual) so that everyone can participate. When circumstances allow, we love to meet in person.
What’s it like to work with your team?
Some adjectives we’ve heard to describe this experience: refreshing, surprising, masterful, insightful, productive, emergent, fun, open, safe, transformative.
What’s the difference between facilitation and coaching?
Facilitation is slightly different then coaching, in that we lead the process so that our clients can focus on the content. We provide context for the raw material of ideas to transform into a roadmap that equips our clients to explore further — in the moment and beyond the end of the project.
What types of research projects do you take on?
Similar to facilitations, we use a customized approach that allows clients to choose from a full complement of services. Our approach is ethnographic employing mixed methods for both qualitative and quantitative data. We use existing and customized instruments to measure various qualities of programs, projects, populations, and processes. We assist our clients in identifying, organizing, and collecting data, using a variety of standard techniques and methods. Full studies include literature reviews, research design, data collection/field research, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
Ready? Contact us and share a brief overview of your goals.
Thanks for considering Catalyst Muse as a potential partner.
Senior Associate, Research
Dr. Sherry J. Kerr
Senior Associate, Facilitation & Research
Senior Associate, Finance
Tamee´ Seidling is a certified, bonded tax preparer for the state of California and maintains a roster of bookkeeping clients in the small business, public benefit, entertainment, and music industries. Tamee´studied theatre at California State University at Northridge and graduated summa cum laude. She has performed and presented theatre for adult and youth audiences throughout Los Angeles, where she lives.
Karen Burkett, Business Strategist
Rebecca Catterall, Educator and Researcher
Prescott Frost, Regenerative Agriculture Innovator
Oleg Kagan, Writer and Librarian
Christine McGrath, Designer and Technology Consultant