The Disruption Story and What Comes Next?

As a world and as a nation, we’ve been cracked wide open. 

“What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?

A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw – that it finally forces us to grow.

A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.

A year we finally accept the need for change.

Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.

A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.

2020 isn’t canceled, but rather the most important year of them all.” – Leslie Dwight

This disruption discovery is important in life and in business. We are being called to think differently and to make choices differently. Who will we become?

From this chasm, what can emerge can be beautiful and strong and new.

We’re at a pivotal point of determining who we are going to become. We have choices. But how do we choose?

If we are intentionally aware about who we are becoming – as a person, as a brand, as a business, we have to ask ourselves tough questions.

What do we need to let go of?

What’s not working?

What is culturally durable?

What if we’re not bouncing back and instead bouncing forward?

What does this mean?

Now is the time to look at the implications of everything. With IDEA360, we walk you through the disruption toward discovery of what’s new, what’s emerging, what’s yet to be. Then, we help you make a plan to get there. Learn more about our offerings and how we can help you and your business.

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“Imagine if we can make our response to this crisis our finest hour!“ – Dr. Daniel Kraft

Our Scenario Planning Workshop scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, is CANCELLED due to staying in compliance with the CDC’s Coronavirus guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Fear not! We are pivoting to help you be empowered – not panicked – through this global situation. Stay tuned for more on how you can re-imagine your responses as we move to a new normal.

The spread of COVID-19 is causing uncertainty on a global scale. Rather than swirl in the unknown and continue to ask ourselves questions that we don’t individually know the answers to, join us for a Scenario Planning POP-UP workshop to get after it!

This visual, creative, problem solving popup is a Scenario Planning Workshop for neighbors, community conveners, and business owners. We will explore and create possible futures with targeted action plans to get ahead of the impact of COVID-19 and discover ways to stay ahead and thrive. 

Fear not! We are pivoting to help you be empowered – not panicked – through this global situation. Stay tuned for more on how you can re-imagine your responses as we move to a new normal

Taking the Fear Out of Failure

It’s a common question in business to be asked, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

As Heuristic Futurists, we’re all about looking ahead with the freedom from failure and the opportunity to take a risk. Our “moonshots” actually call on you to share all the things you thought weren’t possible by putting your “hoop dreams” on paper. Without the pressure of seeing it play out, think about the chances you might take, the limits you might erase.

Doing this gives us a chance to dream with you and frees you from the intimidation of preset limitations.

At IDEA360, we are here to support your mission, so take your shot. For more than 20 years we have helped global companies discover and explore new ways to problem solve, ask more creative questions, move strategically, plan with intention and think exponentially! And whether you believe it or not, you can too. Ask us how!

Empower Storytellers

Empower your people to be storytellers and watch the magic happen.

“Tell me your story.”

This is how we start most conversations, and when standing before a big blank map, is the precursor to putting pen to paper. Stories are powerful tools that can be used to create change, build culture, disseminate learning, capture knowledge and inspire movements.

Adding storytelling to your meetings and events engages the heads, hearts and bodies of your people so they can connect to the message more easily. Developing an emotional connection to a message can be challenging at best. As you undergo any strategic change or new initiative, the solution often needs to go deeper so people know and understand you and your message at a different level. 

Going deeper means you must appeal to their emotions and visual sense – they actually need to feel the message. When companies use compelling visual elements, along with strong narration, employees engage with the story and are able to see how their actions impact the outcome.

Feel the Message, Join the Movement

What can you communicate through story? 

  1. Organizational Vision and Mission
  2. Strategy
  3. Values
  4. Behavioral changes
  5. Cultural shifts

Here are some other ways you can incorporate storytelling into your meetings and events.

Messaging and Content Creation – Create a plan for internal or external messaging and content creation that engages your audience in a narrative arc and supports your story. The key to good storytelling is getting people involved at a feeling level. We help your organization utilize the best of neuroscience, rhetoric, writing, and social media to get the word out.

Brand Promise – We are the stories we tell. We help you use storytelling to get your organization positioned where you need to be to increase market share, brand recognition, and enthusiasm around your company, project, products and ideas.

Leadership Stories – Leaders, by definition, are motivators and fire starters. We work to help leaders ignite a team or an organization with their stories.

Change Management – In order to get movement anywhere in an organization it is essential to be both a compelling storyteller and an ardent listener.

At Idea360 we design for ROE – return on experience – that can be measured in employee engagement, customer satisfaction, positioning success, and your organization’s ability to achieve goals by creating a Strategy Story that is not just an idea, but a reality. 

We work to ensure your well-designed Strategy Story does more than push information – your story creates a movement.

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Visual Thinking

Visual Thinking

When using Design Thinking, there are literally thousands of tools and methods available to help you discover what people want and how to deliver on their expectations. The challenge is to figure out which ones to use and when to use them. This comes from experience and training. 

One method to enhance creativity is Visual Thinking. 

Visual thinking helps you unlock a different part of our brain. It allows you to think in a non-verbal way, and access parts of your creativity. Most design thinkers call visualization “the mother of all design tools” because it is used in every stage of the design thinking process – from  Empathize to Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. And even through each round of Iteration, until you get it right. 

Visual Thinking is a human-centered approach that gives you and your team an experience that integrates visual storytelling, design thinking, and digital facilitation. It should foster curiosity among people so they feel a deeper connection to what’s possible, can visualize what they imagine, and will choose to act. You achieve this by engaging in a process that identifies the challenge, conceptualizes solutions and outcomes, and locates you (your place and your role) in the story. When done right, Visual Thinking links the emotional and logical brain, thus leading to smarter choices and actions.

Creative problem solving is better done with a picture that gets everyone on the same page and allows them to see themselves in the picture.

Visual Thinking has a big “return on experience” (ROE) that enables people to develop an emotional connection to the work so they are compelled and inspired to take action toward a solution.

At Idea360, we understand and use your learning models and process to meet your needs and that of your people. We humanize strategy and visualize change.

Our services are designed for those who are seeking new ways to problem-solve, build something innovative, better understand their organization or their clients, and ask questions in new and creative ways. 

Idea360 creates immersive experiences that help people imagine, collaboratively create and design a better future through strategic visualization, innovative meeting facilitation and interactive human experiences

We keep the human in process design and digital facilitation.