CATALYZER WORKSHOPS

CATALYZER WORKSHOPS

INVENTIVENESS

Get ahead when you dedicate time to imagination in one of our design thinking sessions.

DESIGN THINKING

Accelerate solution-finding, in catalytic workshops that combine creativity and experience.

SOLUTIONS

Generate stand-out solutions in strategy, business planning, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Problem-solving with extra zing

Problem-solving is what you do, as a leader and a change-maker. I bring you a toolbox of problem-solving techniques, collected over 26+ years in engineering, leadership, business management, and innovation. Let’s put these tools to use on your project, so that your job gets a little easier.

Expect uniquely powerful results

Ultimately, you need results: a breakthrough idea, a team un-stuck from old thinking, new options, improvements, and better strategies to meet your goals. Solution workshops deliver these results. How? I combine three skills into a uniquely powerful workshop design:

  • Expert facilitation to ensure a group’s full engagement
  • Innovation process tools (design thinking) to maximize creativity
  • Deep content knowledge in infrastructure, business, leadership, and sustainability.

Get the results you want

  • Solve a Strategy or Operations Problem, Fast
  • Define the Right Project…from Day One
  • Get Fresh Ideas for a “Stuck” Situation
  • Generate More and Better Ideas
  • Save Money, Save Time, Reduce Risk

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INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS with CATALYZER WORKSHOPS

  • BREAKTHROUGH

    You’ve tried everything, or you just want to get a jump ahead. In both cases, your investment in an intensive, creative problem-solving process pays off: better solutions, faster results, and motivated people. Over 2 to 5 days, this workshop guides your team to their full genius, so they can discover the best solution to your spot-lighted challenge.

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  • IDEA HATCHERY

    When your team needs to bust the box it’s in, schedule this short and powerful design thinking workshop. In this lively, interactive innovation work session, your team produces vastly expanded solution options – whatever project or industry you’re in.

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  • VALUE PLANNING FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS

    Before you hire expensive engineers and architects, set the stage for success by shaping the right project. Whether you’re planning a road, an urban redevelopment, or a water treatment plant, this 1 to 3-day workshop discovers assets and opportunities that go undetected in traditional design charrettes. Schedule this workshop so you can brilliantly meet financial, technical, environmental, regulatory, and community goals.

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WHAT IT COSTS

BREAKTHROUGH  |  $13,950 for 2-day workshop  |  $5,300 each additional day

(1)   Up to 40 hours of preparation for logistics, team selection, and project-specific pre-work
(2)   Prepared workshop agenda design & materials
(3)   Group facilitation on workshop days
(4)   Documented results and next steps

IDEA HATCHERY  |  $7,200 for 1-day workshop

(1)   Up to 16 hours of preparation for logistics and team selection
(2)   Prepared workshop agenda design & materials
(3)   Group facilitation on workshop day
(4)   Documented results and next steps

VALUE PLANNING is a customized, creative problem-solving process for complex infrastructure projects  |  $10,000 to $80,000 depending on project size and complexity. Please CONTACT ME to talk about your project’s goals and receive a detailed cost proposal. Typical activities with client and delivery teams include:

(1)   Project orientation, logistics, team selection, advance research & data gathering, and defining desired outcomes
(2)   Field trip, including a briefing book, worksheets, and directions
(3)   Value Planning Workshop(s), including facilitation for the day(s) and agendas, worksheets, handouts, and other materials
(4)   Post-Workshop activities, including notes, debriefing meetings, Solution Alternatives Report, and action plan

What’s your fascinating challenge? Let’s talk:

WHAT CLIENTS SAY

“As a big picture thinking approach, the Value Planning process was outstanding. It gave us a deeper understanding of the assets of the corridor and a pathway to develop future opportunities for community and parks. This was a good use of our time. I would recommend the Value Planning process to planners and communities who need an inspired, innovative approach to their complex infrastructure or development projects.”

Rich HoeyDirector of Public Works, City of Olympia

“Throughout the time that I have known Andrea she has become my go to person for creative solutions, process improvement, big thinking, bright ideas and positive change. In addition to her ability to see the big picture from a business perspective, Andrea also has an extensive knowledge of sustainability in both the built environment and corporate social responsibility.”

Dina BelonDirector, Real Estate Assets at Pineapple Hospitality Company

“Andrea did a great job of designing the Value Planning charrette with the team, with good structure and flow. The fast pace kept people energized, and Andrea got us to move fluidly from micro- to macro-ideas. As a result, the solution scenarios that we got suggested specific zoning changes, which affirmed for us that land use and transportation must be integrated. I can highly recommend the Value Planning process to other planning agencies that need better land use and quality of life outcomes from their infrastructure and development projects.”

Sophie StimsonSenior Planner, City of Olympia

Andrea was one of the first people I turned to when the City of Olympia Public Works department wanted to run a pilot Value Planning workshop on a major transportation corridor in the city. With the innovation practices she introduced, the City got what they were looking for: new perspectives and solutions for reducing congestion, with a smaller price tag, and improved quality of life for residents. I was impressed by Andrea’s skill in facilitating creative problem-solving and can wholeheartedly recommend her to other infrastructure projects involving multiple stakeholders.” “

Rhys RothDirector, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

“What I got from this session was a structured way to think about creative capacity, and how it spirals out to teams from my leadership. I’ll introduce some of these blockbusting techniques into the team environment.”

Kate CochranCEO, Upaya Social Ventures

“I really liked the metaphor exercise, because it’s absolutely something I would not have come to on my own, and it seems like a very tangible way to get ‘unstuck’ on a problem or challenge. I also appreciated the concrete framework we got for analyzing our own creativity and how it relates to organizational effectiveness.”

Emily BancroftActing President, VillageReach