2023 Ideation Symposium, Design Competition, & Experiment.

Unleashing team creativity in pursuit of a brighter future. Anytime. Anywhere. Everyone.


We’re creating open, evidence-based solutions for modern workplace challenges – new rules for work – that bridge the science-practice-implementation gaps and accelerate collaboration in pursuit of a sustainable future.


A four-part global program beginning January 2023 to identify the best ways to support team ideation in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments.


The world demands solutions to complex global problems.

At the same time, innovation leaders are struggling to decide when, how, and where teams should meet.

Recent research suggests that people should meet face-to-face if they want to drive innovation. They say that creativity suffers when teams meet online.

But obviously, we can’t always meet in person. The costs in terms of environmental impact, decreased diversity, wasted time, and money are too high. Modern innovation teams need a range of evidence-backed options so they can create great solutions anytime, anywhere, with everyone.

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Online Symposium

educational event.

What do we know now?

What challenges can we solve?

How might we improve our results?

January 17-19, 2023

Join us to learn new ways to unlock creativity with:

  • Researchers studying creativity, meetings, teamwork, and human performance
  • Facilitators and innovation experts
  • Sustainable development champions
  • Artists, technologists, and business leaders

The agenda will be published on Dec 1.

“Leap of Faith” Discount through December 1

  • $79 General admission
  • $49 Students

January 19 – February 2

Submit a Meeting Design

Judging will be overseen by our advisor group which includes academic researchers and innovation meeting experts from around the world.


Designers are encouraged to use advanced meeting techniques and modern technology in their designs – or not! Any design that adheres to the competition criteria will be considered.


The advisors will select multiple designs to test in the experiment. Each designer that submits a winning design will be recognized and celebrated.

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Seeking excellent designs for ideation meetings

Join a global design contest to create the processes we’ll evaluate in a new experiment.

Bring Your Team and Lead a conversation at the symposium

Build your network, host an Open Space talk, and more


Dr. Joseph Allen

Director, Center for Meeting Effectiveness
University of Utah

Dr. Myriam Hadnes

Behavioural Economist
Podcast Host
Community Builder

Keith McCandless

Liberating Structures Author and Co-Developer

Sunni Brown

Author | Speaker | Facilitator
American Zen-chaplain-in-training

Dr. Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock

Chair of I/O Psych
University of Hamburg

Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon

Dir. of Innovation
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Samantha Dubrow, Ph.D.

Lead Researcher
The MITRE Corporation

Dan Levy

Innovation Facilitator
Strategist | Podcast Host

The UN SDGs lay out 17 worldwide problems in need of solutions.

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Teams will lead in-person, hybrid, and remote test meetings.

Teams around the world join in the experiment to see which designs, tech, and conditions achieve the best results.

March 2023
Participate in the experiment

Research suggests that it takes 4,000 initial ideas to generate one great solution.

As we experiment with the methods and technologies that best support innovation, we’ll generate ideas in support of a brighter future and the UN Sustainability Goals.

Lead an experiment team!
If you can gather a group of 12 to 36 people for two hours, you can join the experiment. We’ll provide detailed instructions to make every step of the process easy. Let us know that you are interested now so we can share more details when they’re available.

Share a worthy challenge!
Does your organization work on global challenges that would benefit from experiment team’s energy and ideas? Sign up to share your work at the symposium.


July 2023
Unveiling the Hybrid-Ready Toolkit

Join us to review the results and share them with innovation leaders, analysts, developers, and workplace consultants eager to learn how to drive workplace success for their teams.


Connect with program participants from across disciplines in a two-day event featuring both public and invite-only networking opportunities.


Ideation is just the start of the innovation process. Groups focusing on different SDGs will gather to see the ideas generated during the experiment and consider: What does this make possible?

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celebrate the results in a two-day hybrid festival


A Hybrid-Ready Ideation Toolkit

Together, we’ll create an evidence-based recipe book for unleashing team creativity anytime, anywhere, with anyone.

This open-source resource can be used by teams and built into products and services.

A Network Innovating for Good

This program delivers opportunities for growing participants’ skills, network, and impact.

New partnerships and possibilities emerge when we engage openly in pursuit of a shared goal.

New Ideas for A Better Future

Simple ideas. Novel ideas. Big, audacious, game-changing ideas.

Experiment teams within and across organizations will build on this abundance of creative output to identify solutions for further development.

We believe you should join us

Currently seeking Partners, Symposium Presenters, and SDG experts.


We believe that leaders should equip teams with modern methods and technology.

We believe that collaborating openly is the best way to tackle global challenges.

We believe that you can conduct serious research and address real issues in ways that are rewarding and FUN!!!