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As Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, I live a passionate personal mission to cause the spontaneous combustion of creativity, innovation, and compassionate intelligence everywhere!

At Creative Sage™, we help corporations, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, project teams, entrepreneurs, consultants, authors, artists, performers and others to create outstanding marketing strategies, communications, solutions, services and products. We design dynamic, cutting-edge innovation programs that are tailored to our clients' individual needs for maximum return on investment in innovation management.

We coach and mentor executives, and we also coach accomplished, creative professionals and their organizations to revolutionize the concept of "retirement" and create powerful new lives, projects and initiatives, including Social Entrepreneur projects and partnerships between corporations, nonprofits and philanthropists. We use highly creative and effective methods to help people in mid-life or at any age to navigate transitions in business or in life. We'll coach your inner innovator out of hiding...we help you innovate to be great!


Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates was our original company name, where we've focused on marketing communications, public relations, fundraising, performing arts presentation, and management consulting in the entertainment industry and nonprofit arts. Known for our innovative approaches and story angles, and our strategic capabilities, we have also served a variety of business and technology clients, including working in various capacities on multimedia and marketing projects for Fortune 500s, major universities, healthcare companies, environmental/sustainability, and trade associations. We've also added social media and Internet marketing and PR to our mix of services. We bring your message to the world, and the world to you. Let's start a conversation!

~Cathryn Hrudicka, Chief Imagination Officer, Creative Sage™/ Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates


Contact Me to set up a phone or Skype appointment, or for more information. I look forward to discussing how we can help you or work with you to achieve extraordinary results.

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I'm honored to be a contributing author to the 2011 best-selling business book, A Guide to Open Innovation & Crowd Sourcing: Advice from Leading Experts, along with some of my innovation colleagues from #Innochat (Twitter Innovation chat and web site), and Innovation Excellence; the book was edited by Paul Sloane, with a foreword by Henry Chesbrough. You can order it here: http://amzn.to/OI_CS

I co-wrote the chapter, "Building the Culture for Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing," with Gwen Ishmael and Boris Pluskowski — more information about all of the co-authors and the contents of this book at: http://bit.ly/OI_CS_Google

Apr 18
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Easter Eggs


We wish a Happy Pesach to our Jewish friends who are concluding their celebration of Passover, and a Happy Easter to our Christian friends who are honoring the meaning of Good Friday and celebrating this Easter weekend — and to everyone else, Happy Spring! 
   ~ Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer, Creative Sage™

Via constellationofcreativity:

Easter Eggs

We wish a Happy Pesach to our Jewish friends who are concluding their celebration of Passover, and a Happy Easter to our Christian friends who are honoring the meaning of Good Friday and celebrating this Easter weekend — and to everyone else, Happy Spring!

   ~ Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer, Creative Sage™

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Here’s an update on our Innovation Cities Tour — we have over 40 Innovation Storytellers confirmed to date — and we’re looking for more.

We invite you to share an innovation story with us, and the world.

It can be your own story of overcoming resistance, or about your company or how you helped a client do that to bring something new into the world. Or, share a story about your favorite innovator who you believe deserves to be known!

Thanks to partners at HYPE Innovation, submitting your three minute story — in any form (text, slides, video, audio) — is easy. Just visit our storytelling site at http://bit.ly/inno-cities-tour and upload your story.

Tell us:

Who: What company, client, or innovator was involved?

Why: What was the objective that led to the innovation?

What: What was the innovation?

How: How did the innovation come about? How was inevitable resistance overcome.

Where: Which city hosted the innovation or the innovation resource?

When: When did it happen, and how long did it take?
We are Looking for:

Stories that use authentic language, not marketing copy;
Stories that inspire and teach;
Stories that come from diverse disciplines.

Here’s How it will Work:

1. Enter your organization’s information or recommend another innovation resource using HYPE Innovation’s idea management platform — HYPE GO! You have the option of including video, images, and/or PowerPoint slides to help illustrate your story.

2. All stories will be considered for inclusion in the Innovation Cities Tour.

Innovation Excellence will have the right to use all submitted stories as featured stories on the Cities Tour or as innovation stories, in whole or in part, published on our website.

3. Innovation Excellence will choose the featured stories that will be showcased at each stop on the Cities Tour. If we choose to feature your story on the Cities Tour, we will invite you to join us at the event and share your story with the other attendees.

4. Once the story has been created, we’ll share it through our events and through Innovation Excellence, and encourage you to do the same.

Please Submit Your Story Today! [Link at post].

We are now accepting submissions for innovation stories. You may submit stories for any city at any time, but certain deadlines apply if you would like your story to be considered for a showcase on the Cities Tour.

First round submissions are currently under review.
To be considered in our first round review, please submit your entry by April 20th.

Questions? Contact editor@innovationexcellence.com

“Our Goal is to help demonstrate innovation through stories that will become Spreadable Media.”

We’re taking these stories — in the form of live events and a collection of digital media, on the Road: 100 + Innovation (Teaching) Stories. Innovation Excellence and the Disruptor Foundation will curate and crowd-source ‘real stories of real innovators’ caught in the act of changing the world, industry-by-industry, city-by-city.

Hosted by the Disruptor Foundation, Hype Innovation and Innovation Excellence (IX), the goal is to spread innovation through live exchange and teachable, digital profiles. “The stories, including stories of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award Winners, will be made available to anyone who wants them and can use them to inform and inspire their own work.

“Our aim is to use stories to create positive disruptions of consequence, to show and model what’s possible, and to inspire people to act.” said Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and chief curator of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation

Innovation Excellence is the World’s Largest Crowd-Sourced Innovation Web Site. For more information on Innovation Cities Tour partners see: Disruptor Foundation | Hype [link at post].

Made possible by:

Tour Dates:

NEW YORK — April 21, Material ConneXion

BOSTON — May 12, IBM Innovation Center

SAN FRANCISCO — June 17, Autodesk

CHICAGO — TBA

[Click on the link to read this post at Innovation Excellence.]



From: Innovation Excellence — Call for Stories: How Innovators Overcome Resistance

By Julie Anixter

Please note:

Our company, Creative Sage™, and I (Cathryn Hrudicka) will be helping to host the San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley branch of the Innovation Cities Tour. (More information will be forthcoming soon.) Contact us about how YOU and your organization can participate! Email me here, and put “Innovation Cities Tour — San Francisco Bay Area” in the subject line. First, read this additional blog post for more information, by Julie Anixter, at Innovation Excellence, “The Two Stories of Fahrenheit 212”:

http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/04/05/the-two-stories-of-fahrenheit-212/


#innovation #innovators #stories #creativity #SanFrancisco #SFBay #SiliconValley

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Sixty percent of the best jobs in the next 10 years haven’t been invented yet. At least that’s what futurologist Thomas Frey is fond of saying. This is great news because lots of good, new jobs will be needed in order for Africa to reverse staggering youth unemployment rates.

Where will these jobs come from? From social entrepreneurs in Africa who are creating new opportunities as they transform their chosen fields! Here is a list of top jobs I expect to see employing young people in Africa over the next decade…

[Excerpt, click on the link to read the rest of this post.]

From: Forbes / Ashoka — The 9 Best Jobs In Africa Don’t Exist Yet

By Tsega Belachew, Contributor

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At Creative Sage™, we love to connect corporate leaders and entrepreneurs with good causes, and help companies start Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, or philanthropy programs that are a win-win for all partners.

Please do not hesitate to email us if you would like to discuss your situation and find out more about how we can help your organization move forward to a more innovative and profitable future, strengthening your branding and resonance with customers while helping to do good in the world through appropriate CSR partnerships with nonprofits, philanthropists, educational institutions and programs, or other community organizations. We can also help you connect with celebrities and other notable people who can help amplify your message of social good, or headline entertainment events and concerts for good causes.

You can also call us at 1-510-845-5510 in San Francisco / Silicon Valley. We look forward to talking with you!

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Apr 16
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Via rodcraig:

a quick sketch in preparation for a painting

Via rodcraig:

a quick sketch in preparation for a painting

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When someone shows you their heart, their past, their wounds, they have entrusted you with the deepest part of themselves. It is the part of themselves that makes them uniquely beautiful. To be trusted in this way is a great honor. Guard that trust with your life.
— Yasmin Mogahed (via aestheticintrovert)

(Source: fallenpeach, via psych-facts)

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Note: Carl and I met at BIF9. As usually happens, a beautiful friendship and collaboration ensued. Our conversations are like jazz…live, interactive, impromptu. Eavesdrop on one here…

(Deborah Mills-Scofield) — DMS: At BIF, you performed before an audience of over 400 people with two musicians you’d barely met before. It was fabulous – resulting in BIF’s first encore! The three of you had a common goal – a great performance. You had aligned incentives – to create great music and not make fools of yourselves. This got us talking about trust – trusting people because of who they are personally vs. who they are professionally.

(Carl Stormer @Jazzcode) — CS: Yes, I didn’t need to trust them personally, just professionally. If I’m going to fly, I have to trust the airline to have sane, sober, skilled, alert pilots. We also need to trust systems. If I have to go to the ER, perhaps a bad one is better than none. If the alternative is worse, we might opt for no trust. How much we need to trust others depends on the context, but also on how much we trust ourselves, our own resources and our ability to understand the context we are in; the more information and/or experience we have, the better we can decide whether or not to trust. Trust is a tool to assess and manage (reduce and/or increase) risk, depending on the situation.

How much we need to trust others depends on the context, but also on how much we trust ourselves, our own resources and our ability to understand the context we are in.

[Excerpt, click on the link to read the rest of this post.]

From: Blog — Mills-Scofield LLC — The Energy Efficiency of Trust and Vulnerability

By Deborah Mills-Scofield, in conversation with Carl Stormer of Jazzcode

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At Creative Sage™, we often coach and mentor individual clients, as well as work teams, in the areas of change management, making personal, career or organizational transitions, and facilitating creativity and collaboration capabilities. We guide and mentor executives, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and creative professionals of all generations, to help them more effectively implement transition processes, and to become more resilient in adjusting to rapid changes in the workplace — including learning effective coping techniques for handling failure, as well as success. We work with on-site and virtual teams.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. You can also call us at 1-510-845-5510 in San Francisco / the Silicon Valley. Let’s talk! An initial exploratory phone conversation is free. When you talk with me, I promise that I’ll always LISTEN to you with open ears, mind and heart, to help you clarify your own unique path to a higher vista of success.

  ~Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, Executive Coach and Mentor.

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Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that’s key to shifting our focus from one object to another.

Picking out a face in the crowd is a complicated task: Your brain has to retrieve the memory of the face you’re seeking, then hold it in place while scanning the crowd, paying special attention to finding a match.

A new study by MIT neuroscientists reveals how the brain achieves this type of focused attention on faces or other objects: A part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction (IFJ) controls visual processing areas that are tuned to recognize a specific category of objects, the researchers report in the April 10 online edition of Science.

Scientists know much less about this type of attention, known as object-based attention, than spatial attention, which involves focusing on what’s happening in a particular location. However, the new findings suggest that these two types of attention have similar mechanisms involving related brain regions, says Robert Desimone, the Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, director of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and senior author of the paper.

“The interactions are surprisingly similar to those seen in spatial attention,” Desimone says. “It seems like it’s a parallel process involving different areas.”

[Excerpt, click on the link to read the rest of this post.]

— From: Neuroscience News Research Articles — How the Brain Pays Attention
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Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

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Via beeple:

chubby tues

Via beeple:

chubby tues

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You get this increasing sense that the ‘fizz’ has gone out of the innovation bubbly. The innovation party presently feels a little flat; the numerous delicious canapés to choose from are turning up at the edges as we are becoming disillusioned, just being fed on a present unexciting incremental innovation diet.

People are milling around with that bored look on their faces, slumped down checking their watch or smart phones on when is the best time to cut out and find somewhere else to be, rather than be here. Has the fizz gone from innovation?

Are we being moved by innovation any more?

Is innovation becoming a boring place to be seen for hanging out and being involved in? Are we all feeling that there is less creative buzz going around? Perhaps, it depends for each of us yet collectively you might agree we do feel something is definitely missing. The excitement has left the room, innovation has become too predictable.

I could blame technology or perhaps just Apple — should I?

Innovations have become the next novelty, entertainment or the latest talking point. Apple has become predictable in their format, their focus on sustaining innovation when we all are craving the next big thing. Perhaps Apple will burst into the room and the innovation party suddenly springs back into life. We need something to lift our moods.

Instead we get innovation that is simply thinner than before, faster than the last model, processors that allow up to multi task with even more be held holding in increased memory, we hear this has new architecture, even a new retina recognition device and then we all applaud. “Oh wow”

Then we quickly check our phones for any message from someone else telling us to” get over here it’s all happening” Nothing, an awful lot of innovation has simply become hype. Nothing seems earth-moving; it’s all getting fairly predictable.

Yes, Apple and Steve Jobs are to blame, they set the bar high, yet today Tim Cook likes to run the same ‘event’ parties based on the ‘sustaining’ theme like the supply chain, delivering on expected and increasingly the predictable promise. Where has the excitement gone in innovation?

Everyone seems to be playing it safe. The truth is we are all to blame, we have over-hyped the word ‘innovation’ and are under delivering on its performance in our need for some radical redesigns of today’s real challenges.

[Excerpt, click on the link to read the rest of this post.]

From: Paul4innovating’s Blog — So are we in a trough of innovation disillusionment?

By Paul Hobcraft

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At Creative Sage™, we love to work with clients on social innovation, educational innovation, healthcare innovation, and government innovation projects, as well as corporate innovation projects. Our core capabilities include creativity training and coaching, and the design and facilitation of innovation programs, including in the areas of design thinking, arts-based processes, applications of science and neuroscience tools when appropriate, and business model innovation. We have been very effective in helping organizational leaders and employees move through transitions and cultural changes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your situation and how we can help your organization move forward to a more innovative and profitable future. You can also call us at 1-510-845-5510 in San Francisco / Silicon Valley. We look forward to helping you find the path to luminous creativity and continuous innovation!

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In a previous Forbes post, we considered the disconcerting reality that while we find ourselves in the midst of an unemployment crisis—one characterized by highly educated candidates who are unable to find skilled work—employers from myriad industries are nevertheless reporting that they’re unable to find the talent profiles they’re really looking for. And evidence indicates that this talent gap primarily refers not to an absence of technical skills, but to an absence of “soft skills,” or what we’ll call 21st century skills. These primarily refer to interpersonal and general analytic abilities like: teamwork, empathy, leadership, negotiation, adaptability, and problem solving.

This is highly useful information to students and educators, but employers can also learn a lot from this research about how to hire successful candidates. The problem is that 21st century skills are very difficult to assess with any kind of rigor, especially before one can evaluate a candidate on the job. Can a candidate think innovatively? Collaborate with other team members? Assimilate feedback and coaching? Will the candidate get along with her team members and other colleagues? Will she bring personality strengths to the table that the current team might be lacking? Will the candidate be adaptable to new environments and successfully integrate with teams? It is very difficult to reduce these questions to discrete qualifications and quantifiable metrics in the same way we can assess recognized degrees and numerical grades.

Certainly some approaches exist. For example, businesses have used “type”-based personality tests for decades in attempts to measure the 21st century skills of prospective candidates, assuming that certain personality types would correlate with high performance. One example is the Jung Typology Profiler for Workplace™, which purports to measure qualities such as “Power” (leadership index), “Assurance,” “Visionary,” “Rationality,” and so forth.

[Excerpt, click on the link to read the rest of this post.]

Apr 14
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Via hobbitballerina:

Seder plate with olives for peace, orange for inclusivity, and Sephardi charoset. #judaism #pesach #seder #passover #sederplate #jewish #holidays #lgbtq #peace

Happy Pesach to all of our Jewish family members, friends, and colleagues, from all of us at Creative Sage™ ! 
#HappyPesach #HappyPassover

Via hobbitballerina:

Seder plate with olives for peace, orange for inclusivity, and Sephardi charoset. #judaism #pesach #seder #passover #sederplate #jewish #holidays #lgbtq #peace

Happy Pesach to all of our Jewish family members, friends, and colleagues, from all of us at Creative Sage™ !

#HappyPesach #HappyPassover

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We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.
— Paulo Coelho (via realizes)

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Via fastcompany:

Chelsea Clinton is the product of two of the most powerful brands in the world. Now she’s finally carving out her own identity—by joining the family business. Read more>


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Chelsea Clinton is the product of two of the most powerful brands in the world. Now she’s finally carving out her own identity—by joining the family business. Read more>

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