Professional Development in Thinking for Change that Matters
Business and ethical political leaders have been calling for critical thinking and ways to work with complex issues. Catalytic Thinking Labs offer specific capacity-building experiences for teams and individuals. Each Lab is 60 to 90 minutes with more than 100 Labs grouped into four Arenas.
Thinking is a process that is a foundation under everything else we do. We can't improve our process if we are operating blind to our existing habits and unfamiliar with what is possible.
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Guide to All Arenas
Applied Critical Thinking
Navigating Complex Issues
Self-Knowledge for Leading and Supporting
Disciplined Social Innovation
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LAB FOUNDATIONS: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
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Labs are the building blocks of this entire guided self–education experience.
There are 112 Labs arranged into four Arenas. Each Lab is unique, yet mutually supportive and coherent. Follow our recommended sequence or study them in any order you wish. Learn about the recommended sequence on each Arena page.
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The Arenas are the backbone of the Catalytic Thinking Labs.
Each of the Arenas are organized in a developmental path.
Every CTL Lab includes a chalkboard, and the presentations can be revisited multiple times to deepen and expand understanding.
In the 17 years that the knowledge contained in these Catalytic Thinking Labs was taught at the radical but fully accredited GreenMBA Program,* we never had a student come in with the skills and capacities that they subsequently learned with us, even though we drew students from schools such as Harvard, CalTech, and UC Berkeley. In truth, our students found themselves shocked and even slightly outraged that in all their years of schooling, no one had taught them how to think in such a useful, coherent, and comprehensive way.
Jane Lorand, Co-Founder
Investing in people everywhere who have the desire and perseverance to strengthen their thinking.
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*1999-2006 New College of California, San Francisco, Santa Rosa
2006-2017 Dominican University of California, San Rafael