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180-minute Workshop

Wisdom of the Samurai

Warrior in the World

Using the metaphor of the mighty Samurai warrior, this workshop will explore our behaviors when we are “engaged in war” e.g. competing within organizational structures, in handling and responding to authority, or simply, in any “games” we play to win. Through a war simulation, we will employ large group role-playing techniques enabling participants to examine individual and group behavioral outcome from “competition” and “cooperation” modes. The physical activities of the workshop are not strenuous but do require exactness and alertness in combination with the mental tasks which are given. Participants will become aware of their processes in “high stakes” situations, i.e. how their thinking can support and provide rigor to physical tasks, or unravel physical awareness.

Learning Objectives

#1: Understanding the art of war through the Samurai philosophy.

#2: Self-Awareness around personal behaviors when in ‘competition’ and ‘cooperation, ‘leading’ and following ‘modes.’

#3: New ways to approach both personal and professional challenges in our everyday life.

The content of this session is mostly: Emotional and personal: likely to be deep and/or reflective

For participants the most important outcome of this session is: To reflect on personal experiences or insights


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

About Kristen Peterson & Jay Aquilanti

Kristen Peterson is a Senior Partner with New & Improved, LLC., an organizational development firm that focuses on the people skills organizations need to create growth though innovation. She brings a big dose of passion, energy, and infectious can-do mentality to her work as an Innovation Catalyst as well as 20 years of hands-on experience for global clients. She is the former Director of the Creative Problem Solving Institute, a Founder of Mindcamp Canada and holds an MSc in Creativity and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Jay Aquilanti, a California-based practitioner in creative problem solving within the in-house creative agency of Disney Parks Worldwide.

As a veteran and past presenter at various creativity gatherings over the past decade (MindCamp, CPSI, CREA) he is a past board member of the Creative Education Foundation (C.E.F.) and co-founder of Mindcamp SW.  Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jay has called Southern California home since 2002. He's raising three dynamic and fierce daughters and shares his life with his partner, Tony and his three sons. Life is busy but wonderful!

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