The Centre helps organizations out think, out innovate and out perform their competitors in several ways.
The Centre facilitates learning and creative collaboration among several groups of eclectic organizations that are aggressive leaders and internationally high performing and highly creative. The gangs generate creativity in unexpected places through regular discussions of messy problems and critical topics. The current Gang includes leaders from eight organizations:
The original gang includes:
- The Ada County Sheriff’s Office
- The Boise State University football program
- Drake Cooper
- Idaho Shakespeare Festival
- Trey McIntyre Project
- WhiteCloud Analytics
Miners, Wranglers, and the Posse include members from law, mining, publishing, sports etc.
Since 2005, the Centre has held yearly workshops on creativity and innovation, with speakers such as Dan Roam, author of Back of the Napkin, which helps people learn to present complex ideas in visual form. Roam spoke at a breakfast, open to the public, and conducted an all day workshop for sponsoring organizations.
Lead by Emeritus Professor Roy Glen, the Centre offers consulting projects for local organizations that face unstructured, “messy” problems. Using “design thinking,” a process developed at IDEO and Stanford University’s Design School, executive teams from the firms work with Boise State professors and students to use creative approaches to solving big messy problems. The program includes a one-day “Introduction to Design Thinking Workshop.”
The Centre’s faculty members give talks throughout the Treasure Valley on creativity and innovation. Some examples include:
- Idaho Charter Schools
- The Boise Young Professionals
- The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
- The Young Presidents’ Organization
- Rotary Club
- Boise State Public Radio (NPR affiliate)
- Community Transportation Association of Idaho