“When inspiration doesn’t come, I go halfway to meet it.” ~ Sigmund Freud
Brainstorming, imagineering, thinking outside the box, disrupting … whatever you want to call the process of developing new and novel business approaches, most can agree that it is essential to innovation. You cannot will a new idea. But you can train your imagination, like a muscle with regular exercise, to look at concepts from different contexts and seek unifying threads, identify unique patterns, weave new ones, or shred and bind them together into new ideas and insights.
As companies evolve their business strategies to become more social and collaborative, the role of ideation is more important than ever. From targeted campaigns to broader initiatives, companies must commit time to effective ideation in order to avoid the common pitfalls of poorly executed efforts:
Join Grace Rodriguez, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Station Houston, in an interactive design-thinking session that will walk you through a variety of ways to clarify your vision, position your company, frame your challenges, develop new and novel ideas for products and/or campaigns, and refine them for further improvement. Come prepared with your positioning statement to get the most out of this hands-on workshop.
Grace has forged a unique career path from neuroscience and design to branding and marketing, from government and politics to social entrepreneurship, and from venture capital to startup acceleration and community development. That path has given her strategic and hands-on expertise in design thinking, behavioral systems and business operations, which she uses to create interactive experiences and novel opportunities for organizations that foster innovation, collaboration and economic development.
Grace catalyzes social innovation and impact as Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of Station Houston, Advisor at TMCx (Texas Medical Center Accelerator), and lead organizer of the Women In Tech:Houston initiative. She has helped spread ideas and shape experiences as Creative Director for TED’s TEDActive conference, and as co-creator/-producer of C2 Create, CoHouston, TEDxHouston and TEDxYouth@Houston. Passionate about giving back, Grace serves diverse nonprofit organizations and cultural initiatives in the Houston area, including Writers In The Schools (WITS) and Netsquared Houston.
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