News & Notes

Our training Schedule for 2017 has been updated.

Facilitation and Facilitative Leadership Training

  • Amp Up Your Practice with Visual Thinking, August 25, 2017 CINCINNATI, OH
    September 29, 2017 RALEIGH, NC
  • Facilitating Innovation and Creativity, November 8-9, 2017, RALEIGH, NC
  • Introduction to the Elements of Facilitation, December 1, 2017 CINCINNATI, OH
    December 8, 2017 RALEIGH, NC

Studio Intensive Workshops
With great success we’ve launched a new series of Studio Intensive sessions. These 1-day small group (no more than 6-8 people) immersions are perfect for reconnecting and deepening your facilitative leadership knowledge and skills.

  • Facilitating Successful Team StartUp Sessions – September 8, 2017
  • Visual Analysis Refresher- September 15, 2017

LearningConnect Training Series

LCF100 – Fundamentals of LearningConnect, 2018 Dates TBD, let us know your interest,

LCF 200 – Advanced LearningConnect Principles & Practices, November 13 – 17, 2017, also in the Cincinnati area.  If you are a graduate of our LCF100 course, please contact us with your interest in enrolling in the 200 level.

Link to Workshops and Training on Store

Custom Training
We are pleased to offer custom sessions for your organization upon request for groups of 6-18. Come join the community of Facilitative Leaders and practitioners from around the world for these exciting training events. See our Trainings and Workshops page for more details and registration information.


We are excited to be attending and presenting at several Conferences this year.  We will be sharing our work inspiring Innovation and Creativity though our facilitative practices and visual thinking tools.  Come join us at one of these events or let us know if you’d like a session for your organization

October, 2017: ACRE 23 and ACRE EDU12 Creativity and Innovation: We’re going BACK for a third year in a row – to the Annual Creativity Conferences in South Africa.  We had such an amazing time, enjoyed great sessions at this unique conference and are honored to be invited to present again. Susannah Childers will be presenting.

Essential Elements of Creativity

In this workshop you will discover (or re-discover) the Elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire and how these are essential to your creativity. By increasing your awareness of your unique Elemental Creative skills you can choose where you need to focus to build on your strengths and to balance your creative energies across the elements.

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October, 2017: Women in Innovation. Sponsored by the Henley Business School in Johannesburg, South Africa. This women-focused conference on innovation provides students, community members and entrepreneurs access to leading global innovation experts.  We are honored to be among the inaugural 2016 faculty and are looking forward to collaboratively creating this event with the 2017 faculty and participants.


June, 2017: CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute) in Buffalo, New York. We’ve been asked to be an Extending Session Presenter at the longest running Creativity Conference in the World – CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute) which is put on by the Creative Education Foundation. Susannah Childers will present:
Amp up your Creativity with VISUAL THINKING!

Come experience Tools and Techniques to Enhance your facilitation skills, Enable your clients and teams to achieve deeper learning and Illuminate new Insights. This highly interactive session will increase your capability to think and work visually. We’ll share simple tips and graphic recording techniques you can use right away with your team members, clients and consumers. And we’ll explore how using graphic templates can help your teams learn more, connect ideas faster and be more creative in the process – Oh! And have fun too!

New Cool Tools are available to support the facilitative leader in you.

We are crazy in love with our newest cool tools – card decks featuring the Elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Spirit).  These two new decks help to bring out the Facilitative Leader in you – and in your teams.

Elemental Messages Card Deck: NOW AVAILABLE!  This beautiful 111 card deck shares messages of wisdom based on the elemental forces of creation – Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Spirit

Welcome to Elemental Messages for the Leader in YOU!

Each leadership message is from the distinctive voice of one of the Elemental Realms. Use these cards as you might use any other oracle deck. Choose a single card to receive a message for the day or for a particular situation. If you’d like an integrated perspective, choose a card from each Element. And, if you find you need a more focused message from one of the Elements, choose two or three cards from that Elemental Realm.

Elements of Leadership Card Deck: 90 cards with questions that tap your elemental wisdom in Earth, Water, Air, Fire Spirit.

We appreciate the power of questions. In fact, we LOVE questions. Questions open up potentiality, reveal new options and offer opportunities for deep connection and even deeper conversation.

And questions from the Elemental Forces of Creation?!? Simply an awesomely, juicy way to expand and embrace your truest self with support from the most essential wisdom the earth school has to offer.

We share these powerful questions from the Elemental Realms as a way for you to reflect on your personal leadership. May you open up to and connect ever more fully with your personal leadership gifts. And as a result, we sincerely hope you generously share your leadership, your light and your love with the world.


Don’t forget to check out the some of our featured items… and check back often on our online store to see what special offers are available – something new every month.

  • Card Decks– Now available in bundles for a reduced price. If you haven’t seen the Let the Picture Pick You 2 deck or the Pathway Deck, you’ll want to see what the cards hold for you.  Each deck is loaded with pictures; use for yourself and with teams.
  • Teacher Classroom Tools– Yay! Visual Thinking in the classroom with great results.  Easy downloadable pdfs or printed versions, with Teacher Guides to get you started.  New lower pricing for bundles of 5 printed templates – a perfect classroom pack to encourage collaborative small group projects in Science, Writing, History and more.

Check out a case study that highlights the new Teacher Classroom Tools!  This case study is shared by our own 3rd grade teacher, Miss Amanda Homan.  Start of the Week Case Study 2015

Have something you want us to offer? – let us know by emailsnail mail, tweets or on Facebook… smoke signals and carrier pigeons might not be as effective but we’ll keep an eye out for those too.

People and Things we LOVE

TruthBombs by Danielle La Porte – Get your daily truth bomb via Danielle’s card deck, free app, email or from her new book – White Hot Truth

Master Soul Process (book) by Stacy Nelson – ebook or hard copy.  It’s all about…

Connecting with you

We are live and active on Facebook, Twitter and with our Blog.  We extend this invitation to all of you to write on the IdeaConnect wall, to share your experiences and stories of Facilitative Leadership, and to pose powerful questions for all of us to sit with. We look forward to hearing from YOU! With Much Love and Deepest Appreciation.

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