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eVISA Application for
Stage I - Innovation Ground School

This is the first step in applying to join the next Innovation Ground School Thinking Adventure. We will advise you as soon as the next Ground School begins to take shape and firm start and end dates are established. As they are usually hosted by an organization or corporation, the locations vary.

The Stage I Innovation Ground School creates a framework for thinking diffferent in the context of innovation and change. Participants learn basic innovation skills, tools and techniques, the concepts of creative problem solving, and how to change and improve meetings. The design of the Ground School is built on the lines of a Thinking Adventure and provides a Stage I baseline, orientation and jumping off point for attending the longer Stage II School for Innovators in Estes Park, Colorado.

The questions in this eVISA are first step in your pre-work for attending the Innovation Ground School. Please answer each question as fully as possible (longer answers are better than short ones); your answers will be used in the design, content and flow of the event – please do not skip over or leave any of the questions blank.

Name:

Organization:

Title/Area of Responsibility:

Work Mailing Address:

Home Mailing Address:

Work Telephone Number(s):

Home Telephone Number(s):

Fax Number:

Work E-Mail Address:

Home E-Mail Address:






1. My Mission & Purpose in our organization (1-2 lines):

2. What I really do (not a job or position title): (1-2 lines):

3. Why I would like to attend the Innovation Ground School (2-3 lines):

4. Who referred or recruited you, or how did you learn about the Innovation Ground School (1-2):

5. Some challenges I face that require different thinking (2-3 items):

6. Some critical issues or projects in our organization that need innovation (2-3 items):

7. List any creative thinking and innovation tools and/or techniques you use regularly or are familiar with:

8. What training classes or conferences have you attended related to innovation, creativity, change, and teams (e.g. TQ, quality, ISO 9000, 6 Sigma, CPSI)

9. Some new skills I would like to learn are (3-5 items):

10. Some obstacles to innovation in our organization are (3-5 lines):

11. The MESS - that I would like to work on during the Innovation Ground School is (2-3 lines):
[A “mess” is a complex collection of interrelated issues, problems, challenges, changes, opportunities and history]

12. RESULTS! Some specific results I hope to bring back from this Thinking Adventure (1-2 lines):

13. If you know your Temperament, please indicate it below. If you do not know your Temperament, please click on the link below to go to the Keirsey website to complete the Keirsey Temperament inventory before entering your Temperament.

Keirsey Temperament website

Temperament

Idealist

Rational

Guardian

Artisan



14. Some dates that would work for us are:

I agree to the following governing conditions:

  1. Ordinary business will need to be handled between the hours of 7pm and 7am, i.e., outside the operating hours of this Ground School.


  2. All distractive devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDAs, palm pilots, handguns and other similar weapons must be checked at the door. They will be returned for use over the lunch period and then recollected.


PRINT OUT A COPY OF YOUR VISA BEFORE TRANSMITTING.
BRING IT WITH YOU ON EXPEDITION.

Should you have any questions or difficulties, please call the School for Innovators, Fredericksburg, Texas at (830) 456-4963 or send an e-mail to: HQ@thinking-expedition.com