We spark new ways to think, act, and envision the future with services designed to harness the power of imagination and apply it to the business of change. We work across a wide range of professional environments with teams that are ready and willing to challenge the status quo.
Change is hard. It requires shared vision, commitment, and teamwork. It also requires creativity, which in its simplest, most widely accepted definition, means the generation of new and useful ideas. But new ideas are often overlooked without a process in place to cultivate and accelerate them into workable solutions.
Catalyst Muse shapes a process to generate and build on new ideas in a judgment free environment. We blend in humor and trust, so that participants build on each other’s ideas and take imaginative leaps that lift the deepest thinking to the surface, shedding new light on complex challenges, problems, and opportunities.
At the core of our facilitations is Creative Problem Solving (CPS), which weaves together divergent and convergent thinking into a powerful, productive process. In other words, CPS makes space for ideas of all kinds to emerge in large quantities. From wacky and silly to obvious and practical, new thoughts are used as material for participants to pause, consider, and select those that hold the most promise.
It’s natural for humans to solve problems, and CPS’s simple structure leaves space to layer in different tools and techniques to create a custom experience designed to meet each client’s needs. Click here for a better understanding of how the basic CPS process works.
Similar to facilitation, ethnographic research starts with asking questions. We begin with discovery, where we learn more about what our client seeks to understand then collaboratively design the study using quantitative and qualitative methods and assessments. We plan and implement data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting. A Catalyst Muse study results in key insights, findings, and recommendations that richly inform the decision making process.
Our team has worked together for almost a decade. We began at the Centers for Research on Creativity, founded by the late Dr. James Catterall. Internationally known for his influential studies, books, and publications on the cognitive effects of music and arts education on developing youth, Dr. Catterall expanded his lens with CRoC to investigate the conditions that promote creativity in teaching and learning. Our clients included the Alameda County Office of Education, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists, Educational Theatre Association, Inner-City Arts, Louisiana A+ Schools, P.S. ARTS, Royal Blind School of Scotland, The Wooden Floor, The Walt Disney Company, and Tree People.
Catalyst Muse maintains an active network of cross-disciplinary researchers throughout the country and around the world and welcomes inquiries about how we might collaborate with your organization.