Art of Deferring Judgment
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For adults • Mind U session
Maximum Participants: 18
Daily 9:00am • Daniel Centre
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)
Why are some people able to approach problems more creatively than others? In the early 1950s researchers at the University of Buffalo asked that very question. One thing they found was that all of us, under certain circumstances, will tend to judge too quickly — that is, to assign “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”, “possible” or “impossible” to new ideas based on personal biases. Quick judgment is great when you’re dodging traffic or playing blackjack, but in situations where creative thinking is needed, it’s not. Judging too soon results in “premature obliteration” — it kills new ideas before they’ve even had a chance to take their first breath.
In this program, Matteo and Max take you on a cognitive, sensory, and emotional journey during which you will encounter and explore biases you never knew you had. You will learn how to recognize them, and most important, how to prevent them from obliterating creative ideas that may, just may, have value.
The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session
- Explore the unique evaluation protocols you have created for yourself over time
- Experience how your evaluation biases can block your ability to think and act creatively
- Learn tools for practicing the art of deferring judgment both personally and with working groups
Graduated in Economy and Commerce, Manager, Consultant, Partner and General manager of Catullo & Sylwan Advertising Agency, Matteo is also a marketing consultant, theater actor, mathematician, poet, and star hunter. He is a co-founder and board member of Creativity European Association (CREA Italia) and of CREA Conference.
Over the last few years, Matteo has developed and co-developed many new programs: Pathfinder, The Art of Deferring Judgment, Creative Convergence, How to Create a Creative Climate, and Look Again.
Matteo is internationally acclaimed for his work in stimulating creative imagination and creative potential. More important, he is father of Gaia and Davide, grandfather of Pietro and Marco, and friend of all creative people. Matteo holds the Italian absolute record and award for the most handshakes and hugs.
Matteo is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.
Montréal, QC, Canada
Max came to the very first Mindcamp as a participant in the Youth Program. By 2007 he was running the Youth Program. Now he runs other things.
Since then, Max has travelled all over the world, including a volunteer stint of five months in Cambodia, teaching English (and learning Khmer) fixing bicycles (and building them from odd parts), and living in communities, where people of very little means can help make a robust and joyful life for one another.
Today Max attends Concordia University in Montreal, builds and fixes bikes, and still loves pulling things apart and putting them together again.
Max is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.
All Daily 9:00am sessions:
- Are You Here Yet? Improv for the moment (Kate Ashby)
- Art of Deferring Judgment This space intentionally left blank (Matteo Catullo, Max Hurson)
- Creative Team Dynamics Bridging the creative space between people (Marc Hurwitz, Samantha Hurwitz)
- Diving into Poetry Finding your treasure (Michelle Tokarczyk, Lee Dunne)
- Make It Real Making visual thinking and story telling a magical sensory experience (Jim Ridge)
- Mirror, Mirror Learn the art and science of delivering and receiving feedback (John Sedgwick, Ian Rosenfeldt)
- Painting Your Life Letting go and creating the unknowable (Russell Thomas)
- Shower Thinking The art, science and process of incubation (Clare Dus, Liz Monroe-Cook, Kristen Peterson)
- Theory U and YoU Kick start your Theory YoU (John Frederick, Joette Field)
- …or why not just hop to another random session?