Did you miss our last IN-conference in March?
Then seize your chance to be part of the next one on November 17.
We are happy to announce the theme for the IN-Conference in Amsterdam. It is all about thinking: about new thinking, about different thinking modes and about the way of thinking given the circumstances. Albert Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  Knowing to use a type of thinking that fits to the situation might be a competitive advantage in future workplaces. This notion is supported by the ranking of skills by the World Economic Forum. The top three skills in 2020 are: 

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity.

So wouldn’t it be great to learn more about your thinking? Join the IN-conference “Mind the gap – Master your mind” to enhance your thinking skills and register today. 

What to expect?

We have a great line up of international facilitators, all experts in the field of creativity and innovation. And we call it an IN-conference, because all participants contribute to an INspiring and INteresting day with new INsights in an INtimate setting.

More details of the program will follow in the upcoming weeks.


09.00 a.m.

We welcome you with a cup of coffee or tea.

09.30 a.m.

The program will start with an introduction of the day by Ingrid De Clercq, who will be the moderator of the IN-conference. 

10.00 a.m.

Group sessions will be kicked-off with a keynote of dr. Gerard Puccio, chair and professor of the International Center for Studies in Creativity.

Know your mind: How awareness of your creative-thinking preferences promotes self-leadership
The foundation to emotional intelligence, effective leadership, and creative breakthroughs is to move from self-awareness to self-leadership.  During this keynote speech Dr. Puccio will share the latest research on the FourSight, creative-thinking, preferences and how these mental operations relate to good mental health and well-being.

Dr. Puccio will stress how mental rigidity can undermine success, while cognitive flexibility promotes both higher levels of creativity and a more positive psychological state. Creative people are able to unite opposing characteristics and traits, this latest research will help you learn how to mimic this creative quality so that you are able to master contradictions within yourself.

11.15 a.m.

The Thinker’s Tripod: your Swiss knife in diagnostic thinking
Life is all about problem solving. As J.P. Guilford once said: “to live is to have problems and to solve problems is to grow creatively”. However great that sounds: solving a problem and growing at the same time, it still leaves the question open how to handle different types of problems – or even multiple problems in complex situations? Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily find the best thinking mode for any given situation?

The Thinker’s Tripod helps you to decide sharply how to go about in complex situations. It will give you a keen eye on what kind of thinking is needed and how to maneuver well through a complex situation.

In this session Branko Broekman will take you on an exploratory tour with the Thinker’s Tripod. You will learn more about the diagnostic instrument and its application.

12.45 a.m.

During lunch break there will be time to mingle with other thinking experts, creativity passionates and change agents.

01.45 p.m.

In the afternoon there will be more group sessions to strengthen your thinking skills and to experiment with applying thinking tools. 

05.00 p.m.

We will close the conference with a drink & bite and time to network between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m.




Gerard Puccio
Dr. Gerard Puccio is Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State; a unique academic department that offers the world’s only Master of Science degree in creativity. Dr. Puccio is an accomplished speaker and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations across the United States and in more than 20 different countries.

In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President’s Medal for Scholarship and Creativity. Gerard holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.


Dorte Nielsen
Previously an awarded art director, Dorte has been teaching creativity and creative thinking at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, in Denmark, for the past 11 years.

Apart from teaching, she also delivers fully tailor-made Creative-Problem-Solving workshops for companies, as a consultant and a facilitator. She is the Chairman of Creative Circle (the Danish society for creative industries) and she has authored several books on the topic of creativity and creative thinking.

Dorte holds a Master of Science in Creative Studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, and is certified in both MBTI and FourSight.


Branko Broekman
Branko Broekman, M.Sc., came home in 1997 to the inspiring, rich world of creative thinking. Since then he helps people to cook with the egg of Columbus. The fun and passion that springs up when people are forging surprising, original alternatives for complex questions is his drive in work and life. As a facilitator of creative sessions and as a trainer he offers an effective structure to switch on one’s imagination and to create. He shares his experience tending to change processes. As a consultant for organizations that have a drive to change; as a coach for individuals where needed. He has worked with numerous individuals and organizations throughout Europe, the Middle East, North America, Asia and Africa. Branko holds a Master of Science degree in Creative Studies from Buffalo State, State University of New York. He is a Certified Master Coach in intercultural NLP and a certified Foursight advanced trainer. He lives his artistic creativity as a sculptor.


Ingrid De Clercq
As a co-founder of OUZIA, Ingrid has been working on projects of realizing culture change, building entrepreneurial teams, developing innovation programs for larger companies, and building HR in young, innovative companies.

She lectures on team composition for entrepreneurial teams for Imperial College, London, the University of Brussels (VUB) and Erasmus College in Brussels.  She has been a keynote speaker and facilitator at innovation conferences in Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Canada and Pakistan.

Ingrid is a certified MBTI-trainer Type I & II, and a certified Foursight trainer; she is currently studying at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY.

Who will attend?

Everyone who is interested in how to have a more open, creative and productive mindset is welcome. We expect change leaders, (project)managers, consultants, teachers, policy officers, creativity experts and facilitators to take part. No special prior knowledge is required.



Saturday November 17, 2018 from 9.00 am till 6.00 pm


Impact Hub Amsterdam, Linnaeusstraat 2C, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Registration for this event is closed.

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