About Think Jar Collective

Think Jar Collective

Exploring how to problem solve better and help people, organizations and systems enhance their creative capacity. We aim to ‘jar’ status quo assumptions and spark creative action. 

Think Jar Collective is a website about how to problem solve better. It’s the place to go for tools, tips, training, and inspiration around helping people and organizations learn how to foster disciplined innovation. We want to demystify creativity and share the best articles, tips and techniques you can use to tackle complexity and innovate.

Why Creative Problem Solving?

Creative problem solving is essential these days. It’s about getting to root causes of challenges and designing solutions based on insight and not just assumptions. Creativity is quickly becoming one of the most important competencies that people and organizations need to cultivate in order to stay relevant in our fast paced times.

“According to a study by IBM and based on 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking” (Fast Company, May 2010, Austin Carr)

If you want to hone your problem solving abilities take some time to read the articles, look at the projects, watch the videos, link possible ideas together, shake up assumptions and your next great idea to put into action might arise.

If you want to increase disciplined innovation and problem solving in your organization, contact us, we have experts that can help.

Who’s Part Of The Collective?

Ben Weinlick founded Think Jar Collective in 2011 as an experiment to break down sector silos and open up new ways to come up with relevant creative solutions to challenges faced by organizations and community.  All the Think Jar Collective members are deeply involved with fostering new thinking in the various domains they work in. Some of us are leading innovative projects in the social sector, some are breaking new ground in the design world and others are educators, business leaders, musicians, artificial intelligence researchers, journalists and entrepreneurs.  All of us recognize the importance of getting ideas and insights from others that work outside our respective fields.  Intersecting diverse fields and ideas is the heart of fostering creativity and innovation and Think Jar helps those collisions to happen.

Collective member bios can be seen here

Why Are You Called Think Jar Collective

Think Jar is a play on words, where we see this initiative as both a jar of creative ideas to draw from and we hope the content ‘jars’ assumptions and opens up new thinking.  The name arose after a creative collision between Think Jar members Ben Weinlick and Debbie Reid, Debbie reflected one day,

“I think what helps me keep creative is seeking out interactions with passionate, creative people… Hard to put into words what happens, but kinda like, weird, humourous, spontaneous interactions can “JAR” me out of habitual patterns of thinking”

Bash Ideas Together With Us

If you have a cool idea, article, project, video or would like to collaborate, contact us here