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Episode 78: Facilitating Creative Problem Solving with Roger Firestien

Dr. Roger Firestien is a master facilitator of the Creative Problem Solving process. He has been using it, studying it, researching it, and teaching it for 40 years. In this episode he shares his thoughts on facilitating a well-crafted Creative Problem Solving session. He talks about how to get the best results for the clients, how to be an amazing facilitator, and some tips he has learned over the last four decades.

What You’ll Learn

  • How one company saved $50,000/week after using Creative Problem Solving
  • The tools Roger Firestien uses more than any others
  • Three levels to strive for in your own facilitation practice
  • How to design the physical space to achieve maximum results

About Roger Firestien

Dr. Roger Firestien has taught more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world.

By applying Roger’s work in creativity:

  • Clorox solved a 77-year-old problem in 15 minutes;
  • General Motors came up with a $1.50 solution that saved the company $50,000 a week;
  • Mead Paper developed a world-class line of products and saved $500,000 a year;
  • The Los Angeles Times set their vision for the future;
  • Buffalo, New York received One Billion dollars for economic development.

Called “The Gold Standard” of creativity training by his clients, he has presented programs in creativity to over 600 organizations nationally and internationally ranging from major fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, associations and churches.  

Dr. Firestien is Associate Professor and the Senior Faculty member at the world renowned International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State.  He is the author and co-author of five books.

Roger’s expert views on creativity have been reported in Fast Company and The New York Times.

When Roger is not traveling, he lives in Buffalo, New York, and regularly works cattle on the SK Hereford Ranch near Medina, New York


Weekly Challenge

Take a look at how you show up as a facilitator. Remind yourself of your purpose to serve others.


Feel like reading instead of listening? The transcript will be available in a few days.



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