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Brainstorming and Assessing Ideas Workshop on Nov. 20th

Elisa Miller-Out wrote

From: HSC Workshop Series <>

Date: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Subject: HSC WORKSHOPS - "Brainstorming and Assessing Ideas" with Xanthe Matychak


Brainstorming and Assessing Ideaswith Xanthe MatychakWednesday, November 20, 20139:15 am - 12:15 pm Fee $60
This workshop is limited to 20 participants.  
Pre-registration is recommended as we may be unable to accept walk-ins.

Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library


Have you ever been in a brainstorming session that was not well run? If you have, then it’s probably because the participants assumed there are no rules for brainstorming. But there are!  Come learn some very practical guidelines for how to lead a successful brainstorm and how to assess the ideas you generate.  This workshop will show you how to:  

  • Name and frame problems 

  • Clarify desired outcomes 

  • Create an atmosphere that supports creativity 

  • Establish criteria for assessing ideas 

  • Empower your team to move forward on the best ideas 

 Testimonials from former workshop participants:  “Xanthe is a powerhouse idea generator with unusual ability to implement! A true visionary, she is able to catalyze, embrace, and act on the imaginations of individuals and groups around her.”  “I use concepts from Xanthe's workshop frequently at my daily job. To oversimplify the topic: it's a collection of unique ways to approach decision-making and idea-generation. Every time I go into a meeting or write anything, I use what I learned from that workshop to take a step back, figure out what everyone wants, and come up with a creative way to satisfy everyone.”  “Xanthe provides stimulating materials and conducts her workshops in a supportive environment, inviting participants to create and enjoy! As a reflective practitioner and a tremendously organized facilitator, she is able to deliver content in a way that is clear, engaging, and fun.”

About the PresenterXanthe Matychak is a designer and educator with expertise at the intersection of sustainability and creativity. She holds a MFA in Industrial Design with a concentration in Sustainability from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where for five years she taught Design-thinking. She has spoken about the intersection of sustainability and creativity at national venues, such as South by Southwest in Austin, TX, The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance in Washington, DC and San Francisco, The American Anthropological Association in New Orleans, TEDx Rochester, and The International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, in Cincinnati. She has participated in a NSFsponsoredworkshop on Design-thinking at Stanford University and has exhibited at World Maker Faire in New York City.Xanthe is a member of Ithaca’s new makerspace, Ithaca Generator, and a contributor to the design super, as well as creator of her own blog She facilitates workshops on creativity andsustainability for kids and adults.

Registration and PaymentRegister now by emailing or call 607.273.8686. Mail a check made out to Human Services Coalition to 171 East Martin Luther King Jr./State St. #133, Ithaca, NY 14850 or bring it to the workshop. To pay by credit card 

call 607-273-8686 or present your card at check-in. The Coalition accepts payment from organizations after the workshop has 

occurred, but individuals are expected to pay no later than the beginning of the workshop.

Cancellation PolicyIf notice of cancellation is received no later than 24-hours before the start of a workshop, no payment is due. At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website: and email all registered participants. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

ScholarshipsLimited scholarships are available for board and staff members who cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email

SnacksCoffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the beautiful Ithaca Commons.

Special NeedsPlease notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.Driving and access

The Library is located in downtown Ithaca on the corner of East Green and South Cayuga Streets.Directions for accessing the Library

The Library does not open its Main door until 10:00 am, so walk to the northeast corner of the building opposite the TCAT Green Street Station, turn right and enter at the door on the right under the green canopy. The Borg Warner room is immediately on your right.

Driving DirectionsFrom North or South on Rt. 13 or 34: Proceed to Green Street in downtown Ithaca. Turn East (toward Cornell and downtown) on Green Street. Proceed approximately six blocks to Cayuga St, take a right turn and proceed as below.From South on Rt. 96b: Proceed down hill on Aurora Street to East Clinton Street.Turn left and proceed to Cayuga Street. Turn right on Cayuga Street and proceed as below.

From East on Rt. 79 or 366: Proceed to downtown on State St hill and veer right onto Seneca St at the bottom of the hill.Stay in the left lane of Seneca St until you come to Cayuga St. Turn left on Cayuga St and proceed as below.

From West on Rt. 79, 96 or 89: Proceed east to Fulton St. Turn right on Fulton St and stay in the left lane. Turn left on Green St and proceed about seven blocks to Cayuga St. Turn right and proceed as below.

From all directions: Park in the Cayuga St. parking garage behind the Library and across from the Holiday Inn, or in the Green St. garage (entrance is past the "Pay and Display" and after the Cinemapolis sign on the left) diagonally across from the Library. Please note that "Pay and Display" parking is an option but the cost is twice that of the Green St. or Cayuga St. garages. The Library does not open the main door until 10:00 am, so go to the northeast corner of the Library building next to the TCAT Green Street Station, turn right and enter at the door on the right under the green canopy. The Borg Warner room is immediately on your right.

Handicapped ParkingWe recommend parking on the first floor (it's actually the second floor of the structure) of the Green Street parking garage near the lime green wall labeled "Green Street." There is an elevator that will take you down to the ground floor which outlets at the crosswalk on Green Street. Cross the street, turn right and it's a short distance to the northeast corner of the library, next TCAT's Green Street Station. Enter at the door under the green canopy. The Borg Warner room is immediately on your right. If the handicapped parking spots are taken near the elevator you can also go one floor up and there are more spaces next to the elevator on the roof.

Coalition workshops are supported by a generous grant from the Triad Foundation.

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