Creative Thinking & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 

August 1st-5th,  2022

Learn how to apply the theory and practice of creative thinking into your personal and professional life

Knowinnovation has been using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) to design and deliver its Ideas Lab-style  workshops for over 20 years. This workshop, which is only available to Federal staff, will teach the fundamental principles of CPS to Program Directors etc., in order for them to be able to incorporate this type of thinking in their work. 

Course Description

The course blends theory and practice in exploring  the science of creativity, developing creative potential, and learning to use Creative Problem Solving (CPS) individually and with groups.  By the end of the course, participants will be able to apply the CPS framework and tools on challenges, goals, and opportunities that people face in their personal and professional lives. 

In addition, participants will be invited to join a community of practitioners that will continue to build their skills, and contribute new insights regarding creative collaboration in interdisciplinary research.

The course will be delivered in both in-person and virtual formats. Each cohort will have their own instructors, and both cohorts will spend time collaborating in a hybrid format.


This event is open to participants from across the federal funding landscape, all science is welcome. You will work collaboratively and across agencies.  

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the history of the scientific study of creativity
  • Enhance creativity skills for their organization, work, and themselves
  • Practice interdisciplinary collaborations in face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid settings
  • Create equitable and inclusive environments to support creative collaboration


Virtual  $1,000. 6 hours per day of content and optional team building and networking activities. 

In-person $2,500 . 6 hours per day of content, optional team building and networking activities, meeting rooms, accommodations and meals provided in total cost. Travel is excluded.

We understand that you may be unsure whether your can secure funding to attend. However, it would be very helpful for our planning if you could let us know that you are interested. To do that, please click this click this link, and complete the form.

If you have secured funding, please click the appropriate button (below) to register, and submit payment.


Day 1
Brief History of Creativity Studies, Definitions & Theories, Picasso’s Creative Climate in an Ideas Lab & Principles
Learn about Creative People in a Lab, Purpose, Call-to-action, FourSight and KAI Thinking Preferences
Day 2
Identifying Opportunities: Goals, Wishes and Dreams & 4 I’s
Identifying Opportunities: Scoping the Charge with Big Questions
Day 3
Creating Options: Heisenberg Compensator, Tools, Provocation 
Selecting Options: Mild, Medium, Spicy, Clustering & Highlighting
Day 4
Refining Options: Cropley’s Nature of Creativity of Products
Really Refining Options:  Convergent Thinking Guidelines & PPCo
Day 5
Present the Results: Managing Transition & Stakeholder Analysis 
Present the Results: Group Dynamics, Proforma & Close Down