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: |

Meet Koda – Drag Variety Show June 17

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and at Catalyst Ranch we celebrate all our staff, colleagues, neighbors and clients who identify with any of the vibrant communities represented (including, but not limited to Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual individuals). On Saturday, June 17, our creative space will be graced with the [...]

By |2023-06-16T10:52:33-05:00June 15th, 2023|Categories: Art, Creativity, Employees, Meet, Variety Show|

A Destination for Creativity and Community

World Creativity and Innovation Day is this Friday, April 21. It’s a day that is close to our heart, as our venue exists to inspire exactly that. All this week, we’re posting thought-provoking quotes on our social media that relate to creativity. How do you foster the creativity of yourself and those around you? [...]

By |2023-04-21T12:59:49-05:00April 20th, 2023|Categories: Art, Creativity|

What Research Tells Us About Learning and Transformation

Three things we know to be true: (THREE THINGS!) Change is hard. Change is necessary. Change is the goal. Let us explain that last one. In previous posts, we’ve explored the science of innovation and creative thinking, because frankly, it’s riveting. There has been a lot of research done focusing on the neuroscience [...]

By |2024-04-18T00:53:52-05:00April 11th, 2023|Categories: Creativity, Meetings, Uniquely Catalyst Ranch|Tags: |

Fiesta de Frida: Let Creativity Lead the Way to Healing

This Saturday, October 8, the spectacular Fiesta de Frida returns to our space, organized by the Women’s Justice League, whose mission is to combat domestic abuse and support abuse survivors. Since 2019 when the Fiesta de Frida was brought to Catalyst Ranch, we’ve been wowed by the positivity and community created by this cohort [...]

By |2022-10-04T12:59:57-05:00October 4th, 2022|Categories: Creativity, Events, Inspire|

The Benefits of Doodling and Drawing

At Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s creative meeting venue, our meeting rooms are equipped with all kinds of supplies to ensure the success of your meeting. One important staple is simply a pen cup on every table. You won’t just find your everyday black and blue ink pens in these colorful cups; they are stocked with [...]

By |2022-08-31T17:57:33-05:00August 31st, 2022|Categories: Creativity, Inspire, Meeting Tip|

Rivers of Thinking

At Catalyst Ranch we celebrate and encourage creativity. From the overall aesthetics of bright colors and retro décor, we set out to create an environment that supports thinking differently. We've shared some of the background on our approach in previous blogs looking at the concepts of freshness and playfulness as cited in the book, [...]

By |2024-04-17T23:42:54-05:00August 26th, 2022|Categories: Creativity, Innovation, Meeting Tip|Tags: , |

On Freshness and Elvis

In our previous Creative Juice Blog post, we explored a few mega-hit pieces of pop culture and how they reference works from our past. After mind mapping the nostalgia behind those works, we're left marveling at the creative process that goes on in writers’ rooms, or between collaborating music producers and other artists. Surely [...]

By |2024-04-17T23:42:27-05:00August 19th, 2022|Categories: Art, Creativity, Meeting Tip|Tags: , |

Mind Mapping New Nostalgia

In recent weeks, American (and global!) pop culture has seen the debuts of several Big Things. It’s no surprise, after all, as the summer season is prime time for savoring high-profile music releases, movies, and other media. And an element present in many current hits is nostalgia, that evergreen trend in pop culture. [...]

By |2023-06-02T10:50:18-05:00July 15th, 2022|Categories: Creativity, Meeting Tip, Meetings|
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