CCI’s Karen Bubb talks about her design workshop held in Moscow, Idaho’s 1912 Center on Oct. 28. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bubb taught a semester’s worth of material for the first time in Moscow. The class was focused on design thinking, creativity and application. Approximately 25 people attended the course.
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Bold Steps in Boise – Trey McIntyre Project
In the dance world, celebrities are rare. But it’s not unusual for people to accost a dancer from the Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) as he or she does errands around town. “I was recently tapped on the shoulder in a grocery store by a woman who asked, ‘Are you a dancer with the Trey McIntyre Project?’” says Chanel DaSilva, who has performed with TMP ever since the company established its permanent home base—in Boise, Idaho. “That speaks to how much this city appreciates us.”
Running a dance company today is a risky proposition. According to a study by Dance/USA, a national organization that serves the dance profession, US dance companies lost nearly 10 percent of their audience between 2007 and 2011. But TMP has seen its audience numbers grow over the past half decade. Indeed, to accommodate interest among Boise residents, the organization recently added an extra matinee performance to its schedule. A close connection has formed between TMP and its off-the-beaten-path hometown. That link to Boise has proved to be a vital asset for the company. It’s one reason why funders, presenters, and nonprofit thought leaders believe that TMP is reinventing what it means to be an arts organization in the 21st century. (more…)
What’s In a Name? A Philosophy for Boise State Basketball
Coach Leon Rice is replacing traditional position names of guard, forward, center with trigger, gunner, pusher, pitcher, crash.
Boise State’s guard-heavy system is not traditional, so why should the team use traditional names for its positions?
That was coach Leon Rice’s thinking last season as he looked over his roster and the success his team was finding with four starters 6-foot-6 or shorter. (more…)
Zoo Boise – Big Goals Tap Unseen Options
Zoo Boise has done something as an organization that makes it a leader among accredited zoos and aquariums by generating lots of money to save animals in the wild. And it stems from thinking big and being able to see something that others didn’t.
Steve Burns, Zoo Boise’s director, tells a remarkable story about how the zoo changed its mission and its actions so that it has generated more than $1 million for conservation of animals in the wild.
But let’s take a step back.
Traditionally, zoos have had a mission of “educating and inspiring.” They hope that kids will learn about animals and perhaps become zookeepers or biologists, or even work in faraway places on conservation efforts. Maybe the hope was that Bill Gates would go to a zoo as a 10-year-old and then when he became rich, he’d donate millions of dollars. As we say in the business world, that’s not really a sustainable business model.
But about seven years ago, as Steve Burns began seeing depressing numbers on how many animals in the wild were disappearing, he wondered what a small zoo in a remote city could do. The number of lions in the wild, for example, has dropped from 400,000 to about 30,000 in 20 years. In a sense, those animals are zoos’ raw material source, and, unlike trees, they were not growing but rather declining. So without the chance to see and learn about those animals, how would future generations know and protect them?
Steve saw an article that sparked an idea: Why not find ways to raise money for conservation efforts?
That meant changing the organization’s mission first, though. After much discussion, that’s what the board and city leaders did, so now the zoo’s mission is to “educate, inspire, and generate funds for conservation of animals in the wild.”
Zoo Boise started by creating a “conservation fee” of 25 cents in addition to the admission price, and $5 on an annual membership. All of that incremental money went for conservation efforts. During the years, new projects came up, such as having visitors pay to feed the giraffes or taking a boat ride to see the monkeys. In all, there are half a dozen of these experiences around the zoo that allow visitors to give money to support their favorite animals.
Now the amazing part: Of the 225 accredited zoos and aquariums in North America, Zoo Boise is now one of the leaders in raising funds for conservation.
On average, zoos donate about 1 percent to 2 percent of their revenues for saving animals in the wild. Care to guess what percentage of Zoo Boise’s revenues go for conservation efforts?
Astounding. Ahead of nearly every zoo in the country — a creative way to do something far beyond the local community and help animals in the wild.
Even if we can’t be in the wild, the animals benefit. It came from thinking big, starting small and seeing an opportunity others missed.
Where could you apply that approach — having a big goal that taps unseen opportunities?
When Jetlag Meets a Hotel Bathroom, Now What You Think! | CWB Blog
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When my children were young and we took a trip to Asia, they couldn’t understand why they felt so odd. I told them that even though their bodies were in Vietnam, their stomachs were over Hawaii and their heads were over Japan and until all their various bits arrived completely in Hanoi, they would feel just plain odd.
Learn the Secrets of Networking by Silcon’s Valley’s Best Networker
In our second installment of networking we learn the secrets of networking by one of the best networkers in Silicon Valley.
Follow the link below for an interview with 2011 Fortune Magazine top networker, Adam Rifkin CEO of his startup, Pandawhale.
How to Network: 5 Methods by Top Experts
They say networking is vital, but nobody explains how to network.
So why aren’t there any good resources on the nitty gritty of how to network? And how to network in a way that doesn’t feel sleazy?
Here are 5 methods from experts that you can quickly and easily start putting to use today.
Why? or Why Not? | CWB Blog
How do you respond to an idea or request? You might find that it matters.
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I live in the far western part of the United States, in what some call “the intermountain west.” “Remote” hardly covers it for this area. But maybe that’s a good thing.
This is the high desert (2500 feet above sea level, or nearly 1000 meters), between the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon, and the Rocky Mountains that go through Colorado and Wyoming. Just north is a forest that goes to the Canadian border, about eight hours by car. Going south, you drive through desert all the way to the Mexican border, which is two to three days away. Maybe being in a desert or being so far away from big cities does it, but there is something that goes on here that outsiders notice. And it has to do with questions. (more…)
The Power of the Shower – It’s Your Business – KTVB
Watch Nancy Napier in It’s Your Business on KTVB talk about how a taking a power shower will generate aha moments.
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8 Unconventional Tactics To Achieve Creativity At Work – Business Insider
A while back I rounded up a lot of the research and posted my four fundamental rules for increasing creativity.
But those aren’t all easy to do at the office.
What are some research-backed creative thinking exercises that address the challenges of the modern workplace?
Here are 8. They’re unconventional, but they work.
1. Hide From The Boss
Yeah, you heard me. Creative thinking exercise #1 is run and hide from your boss. (more…)