2017 Session Description

Failure Academy
Learning to laugh in the (sometimes painful) face of learning

For adults (teens welcome) • 90 minutes
Category: Strategies
Thursday 1:30pm • Centennial 15
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

“Don’t worry, you’ll look back and laugh at this one day, they said.” Ever been on the receiving end of those words? Ever said ‘em? I have, and I suspect that you have, too.

So, given that we’re all on the same page, let’s go ahead and host a group debriefing sessions of the things that we’ve messed up. As a bonus – not that I think we will need them – but we will also prepare and weave-in some deliberate techniques from the laughing yoga / meditation world to ensure that nobody goes home (or to their next session), without some sore abdominal muscles.

This workshop is intended to: a) make us laugh (let’s all agree that laughing with friends feels good, and that humor-filled workshops rock), and b) help us re-frame the way(s) that we think about the way(s) that we feel about situations that don’t go as we had mentally/physically/emotionally expect, etc.

Let’s review some classic case examples and then shift toward enjoying and debriefing our own with some additional attention perhaps applied to useful frameworks and potential implications for intrapersonal growth, corporate training and team-development, professional coaching, and organizational culture / development work.

The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session

  • Comfort with the idea of re-framing failure as learning-in-disguise
  • Crowdsourced techniques to fail-up (or in the direction of growth/learning)
  • F(ailure)-buddies

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Nathan Schwagler
St. Petersburg, FL

Nathan Schwagler is a founding Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs, where he serves as lead program designer and executive facilitator. In addition to expert-level facilitation skills across a portfolio of Creative Problem Solving methodologies, Nathan is also a certified practitioner of LEGO Serious Play, and is a certified administrator of both the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile and the creative problem solving preference measure FourSight.

Before joining the Museum, Nathan served as the nation’s first Business School “Creative-In-Residence” at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he designed and delivered courses on Creativity and Innovation and New Venture Creation. He is a published author of peer-reviewed and popular press articles, and holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo State, and Master of Science degrees in Creative Problem Solving from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, and Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from the University of South Florida, Muma College of Business.

This is Nathan’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

Janet Carmody
St. Petersburg, FL

Janet is the director of corporate culture and a member of the program marketing team at Callyo, a groundbreaking company combating global human trafficking through simple, creative technology. Janet also assists in program facilitation at The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs. At Dalí, Janet helps guide participants through creative problem solving to transform ideas into actionable steps for their program or business.

Janet is known locally in St. Petersburg, Florida for her gothic art installations on display throughout the city each October.

This is Janet’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

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