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How to Leverage Your Environment to Activate Your Meeting Attendees

“Creativity is not like the weather: You can do something about it.” — John Kao, Jamming Why do people say that they need a change of environment or some fresh air when they feel that they’re getting caught in a rut, a routine, stuck on a problem that they can’t seem to be [...]

By |2024-06-18T14:07:29-05:00June 18th, 2024|Categories: Meeting Tip|

Midyear Color Check-In: Is Your 2024 as Peach Fuzz-y as Pantone’s?

Six months ago, the Pantone prognosticators heralded a year swathed in Peach Fuzz. Were they right? At the top of 2024, we challenged our clients to use the Pantone Color of the Year as a lens for making and gauging goals. Well, it’s time for your Midyear check-in. Let’s review where those goals took [...]

By |2024-05-29T17:45:30-05:00May 29th, 2024|Categories: Creativity, Inspire, Motivation|

Books that Stir Our Creativity and Innovation

As proponents of innovation, creativity and play, naturally we at Catalyst Ranch are always seeking new ideas ourselves. And while there’s inspiration to be found in conversation and cultural happenings, there’s unique comfort in curling up with a good book. For World Creativity and Innovation Week last month, we pulled together some titles that [...]

By |2024-05-14T15:44:16-05:00May 13th, 2024|Categories: Creativity, Innovation, Inspire|

Momentum and the Creative Process

At Catalyst Ranch we try to avoid labels, but if you were going to generalize, you might describe us as creative, fun and artistic types! You probably won’t have our blog in mind if you are looking for a conversation on math or physics, but we will go over to the dark side (aka physics) [...]

By |2024-04-18T15:28:10-05:00April 17th, 2024|Categories: Creativity, Innovation|Tags: |

Improv, Leaders and Radical Empathy: Discussing I See You! with author Erin Diehl

We're just abuzz at the Ranch this week, because a brand new book has its Chicago launch party at our space! And it's all the sweeter because it's the debut book from none other than Erin Diehl, one of our favorite facilitators and entrepreneurs. Erin is the founder of improve it!, a professional development company [...]

By |2024-03-07T10:24:17-06:00March 6th, 2024|Categories: Authors, Interviews, Motivation|Tags: , , |

When Community Gathers: Black History in Chicago

When we reflect on Black history in America, we at Catalyst Ranch can’t help but recognize the importance of the spaces where Black joy, creativity and community thrive; the spaces where Black culture and achievement flourish. After all, it was in Chicago, at the Wabash Avenue YMCA in Bronzeville, where Carter G. Woodson and [...]

By |2024-02-28T20:34:51-06:00February 28th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Good Work, Good Space: Rainforest Action Network

One of our favorite parts of the meetings industry is being inspired by clients who come to use our creative environment. It’s all the more rewarding when those clients think highly of Catalyst Ranch as well. The nonprofit organization Rainforest Action Network recently let us know how our space influences their meetings. When [...]

By |2024-02-01T23:55:37-06:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Meetings|

Food for Thought: Reflection on Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year – Peach Fuzz

At this time last year we pulled you into the straight-up party that was Pantone’s Viva Magenta. But for their 2024 Color of the Year, the Pantone color experts have predicted a year of Peach Fuzz. The vibe of this new hue is just as juicy and ripe for inspiration as Magenta. Let’s use [...]

By |2024-05-23T07:47:22-05:00January 17th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Catalyst Ranch 2024 Wall Calendar

  We hope your 2024 is full of creativity, play, imagination and DANCING. Even if you’re not here at our space (in one of our rooms named after dance styles), look to this wall calendar to put yourself in the right mood. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, from Catalyst Ranch! Hit the Download button below [...]

By |2023-12-21T16:01:20-06:00December 21st, 2023|Categories: Calendar, Downloadable|

Newly 21 and Proudly Self-Possessed (We’re SUCH a Scorpio!)

Raise your glass, because today we’re toasting to TWENTY-ONE wonderful years in business! Catalyst Ranch hosted its first meeting in November of 2002, and we’ve been providing Space to Imagine More ever since! At 21 years, a person crosses a certain threshold, culturally (at least in the US). Along with the ability to legally [...]

By |2023-11-07T16:40:05-06:00November 7th, 2023|Categories: Uniquely Catalyst Ranch|
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