OUR PROCESS

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.

OUR TEAM

Kim Zanti

Founding Director
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Kim is a hybrid professional who has led several organizations towards fiscal, organizational, and programmatic health, including Get Lit-Words Ignite, Arts for All at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Pacific Resident Theatre, Urban Possibilities, and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. In the corporate arena, she has served in a variety of capacities. For Namebase Brand Naming Specialists, she was the creative team lead and senior namer for projects such as KIA Motor Cars (Sorento, Rondo), UPS (The UPS Store), and Kodak Prinergy, among many others; for W.L. Gore & Associates, she served as a research assistant in the medical products library and as an Associate on the marketing team of the waterproof, breathable CastLiner product line.

Prior to founding Catalyst Muse, she served as the Associate Director of the Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC) founded by the late Dr. James Catterall in Los Angeles, California, where she coordinated and contributed to team efforts in the US and abroad with clients on the forefront of progressive education, such as Alameda County Office of Education, American Chinese Foundation, Educational Theatre Association, Royal Blind School of Edinburgh, Scotland, The Walt Disney Company, and The Wooden Floor, among others. She completed her BA in Psychology, with an emphasis in Women’s Studies, from Towson University. She holds a Professional Certificate in Creativity and Change Leadership (2020) from SUNY Buffalo State College, where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Creative Studies. In her Southern California 
mountain community, she co-founded Topanga Authors’ Group and the Transport Topanga Literary Festival.

Gabby Arenge

Senior Associate​, Research
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Gabby is a thought leader on multi-method research design, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and data visualization. 

She is deeply committed to understanding and supporting educational approaches that foster creative problem solving, critical thinking, active citizenship, and grassroots-led sustainable development. As an educational researcher and program designer, she has more than seven years experience leading, designing and researching education initiatives in Botswana, England, Kenya, Scotland, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States in partnership with non-profits, multi-lateral institutions, and research centers. 

Gabby serves as a Real-time Scaling Lab Researcher with the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education and Millions Learning project and a Curriculum Specialist with Young 1ove in Botswana. She completed an MPhil in Education and a BA in Psychology, Public Policy & Community Action, and Art. Gabby is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge with a focus on the processes of teacher professional learning and pedagogical change at scale.

Dr. Sherry J. Kerr

Senior Associate, Facilitation & Research
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Dr. Kerr facilitates innovation and creativity sessions by mixing expertise and rigor with spontaneity and passion for transformative experiences. 

She facilitates workshops and courses in the US and China on teaching methods that foster creativity and innovation. She has taught master classes at Harvard University, New York University, and Brock University (Canada), to name a few, and has worked with hundreds of teachers in over fifty schools from Los Angeles to New York, New Orleans to Detroit, from graduate level to grammar school. She applies current research on the adolescent brain to dynamic arts-infused learning strategies that engage diverse learners, even the most reluctant.

She received her EdD from the University of California Los Angeles and her BA from Louisiana State University. She received pre- and post-graduate arts and drama instruction at University of Central England, Oxford University, London Regents College and the London Shakespearean Studio.

Dr. Kerr was nominated for best actress 2019 for her role in “Saint Ester Day” at the Louisiana Film Prize.  She is currently working on a documentary to commemorate the centennial celebration of the Shreveport Little Theatre. She served on the Robinson Film Center Board, the Meadows Museum, and The Shreveport Little Theatre.

Tamee' Seidling

Senior Associate, Finance
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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. 

ADVISORY BOARD

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

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