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The Cambridge Creativity Lab

Overview

  • Two-day workshop
  • Intensive introduction to creativity and its application in business
  • Creative pitch competition 

"People think that it’s about producing things, they think of plays, films, paintings, but actually creativity is more about the process. It is about questioning, disrupting and improving on what has come before."
Dr Allègre Hadida, Academic Programme Director

The Cambridge Creativity Lab is an intensive two-day experience focused on stimulating personal and collective creativity and on better understanding the importance and relevance of creativity in business.

This practical, hands-on workshop is designed as an intensive introduction to creativity and its practical range of application within a business context and beyond.

Maybe in your business you hear people saying: "I'm really not creative." Or, "Creativity cannot be taught." Or, "But we don't have time to think creatively!" 

But the production of new and useful ideas by individuals or teams can appear in many forms and across all functions within firms of all kinds – from entrepreneurial startups to well-established enterprises.

The workshop will introduces, discusses, and puts into practice concepts, models, frameworks, methods and tools of creativity to help participants address live real-world business challenges in a resourceful and inventive way.

The learning experience within the Cambridge Creativity Lab is designed to be inspiring, stimulating and disruptive, and culminates in the creative hackathon, a creative pitch competition with presentations delivered to the programme facilitators and leading associates of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Topics

The Cambridge Creativity Lab is a dynamic programme combining lectures, discussions, hands-on exercises, and a live creativity challenge.

  • What is creativity in business? The importance and relevance of creativity in business and how ideas can create change that leads to innovation
  • Experimenting with and valuing your own creative skillset and potential allowing you to assess how you can add value in a resourceful and inventive way
  • Best practices for stimulating creativity at individual, team and organisational level in order to achieve organisational goals
  • Stimuli and obstacles to individual, team and organisational creativity – debunk the myths
  • Concepts, models, frameworks, methods and tools to manage business endeavours creatively

In addition, attendees will work on at least three creative briefs (including the creative hack-a-thon brief) which contains the following potential business scenarios:

  • New product launch
  • Low budget activation for the charity/NGO sector
  • Reaction to a PR crisis
  • New service ideation
  • Business transformation for an industry in decline
  • Organisation transformation in a FTSE 100 company

Benefits

  • Hands-on experience of creativity and how to promote new ideas in your organisation
  • Experiment with creativity in a safe environment in order to understand the tools and dynamics required to bring greater creativity to your organisation
  • Opportunity to learn about your own creativity, of colleagues and those you collaborate with by observing your own behaviours and reflecting on those around you in action
  • Tools and skills to understand how to capture new ideas and seek out challenges in order to both broaden your knowledge and skills, and manage your surroundings
  • Develop your creative leadership skills
  • Frameworks to design a creative culture within your organisation

Who should attend

  • Managers and senior managers who are not from a creative background but hope to define and formalise a process for developing creativity and ideas within their team, department or business
  • Those who wish to refresh their understanding of creativity and how it fits into the innovation process 

You will work in teams, and be expected to spend time in the evening preparing for the following day to complete a creativity challenge.

You will need to manage workload, face-to-face meetings and outputs between the first and second day of the workshop.

Faculty & speakers

Allègre Hadida

Allègre Hadida

University Senior Lecturer in Strategy

PhD (Doctorat HEC, France)

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Watch a video interview with Allègre

Andrzej Moyseowicz

Innovation & Data Partner, Freemavens
Part of Be Heard Group

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Andrzej worked as an award-winning chemical engineer before pivoting via a Cambridge MBA into the creative industries. He has worked in over 40 markets and brands for Saatchi & Saatchi and was the first and only joint member of the creative and planning boards, and won a D&AD pencil along the way.

He is passionate about humanising data and analytics to inspire great creativity and grow great brands and businesses. He co-founded the insights and innovation consultancy Freemavens in 2013 which joined the Be Heard Group in 2017. Freemavens works with multinational businesses like GSK & Unilever as well as emerging challengers.

Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
2-3 July 2020 2 days £2,300 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,300 + 20% = £2,760.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Sales & Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1223 768071

executive.education@jbs.cam.ac.uk

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Version 2.1 (4 July 2019)

Duration

2 days

Dates

2-3 July 2020

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