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Applied Innovation Science: Breakthroughs in Creativity
and Innovation Practices and Tools for Teams

24 Professional-Certification Webinars in Applied Innovation Science,
Cognitive Neuroscience, Gestalt Thinking and Harvard University Global System Tools

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Building on emerging science of innovation, this bar-raising program is crafted to nurture new ways of thinking and to unleash your team's creativity for groundbreaking innovations. It is intended for private and public-sector scientists, engineers, policy makers, team leaders and all innovators who act on noble ideals to create, in virtuous ways, groundbreaking (i.e. outstanding, versatile, safe and decent) innovations (products, services, policies, processes, organizations, platforms and/or networks).

Whether you are a beginner or a lifelong accomplished innovator, you will leave with less roadblocks and new ways to grow and tap into your creative potential with cutting-edge knowledge, practical skills and proven methods and tools, most of which are unavailable elsewhere.

The focus is on case studies, success & failure lessons (from life sciences, IT, the internet communities, banking, education, energy and government), and proven methods for imagination, creativity, discovery/design, scaling and delivery of truly novel innovations, that meet the following triple decency and versatility bottom-line:

  • Economically viable and practical with a genuine user value, and without adverse consequences on current and future generations;
  • Socially responsible in inclusion, transparency, diversity and opportunity creation;
  • Ecologically sustainable, preferably with faster footprint reduction than required under current regulations and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). An ethical and commendable commitment would be to share the part of the know-how, if any, acquired during the process of innovation, to collectively accelerate decarbonization (before it would be too late). As an illustration, this can be done through education and/or strategic start-up investments.

First Four Half-Day Groundbreaking-Innovation Webinars
Breakthroughs in the Innovation Funnel & Ecosystems, Value Incubation and the Stakeholders' Dynamics

  • Workshop leaders: Dr. Rob Stephens and Alain Paul Martin
  • Learning Objectives & Sessions' Description
  • Tuition, Registrations & Venues

  • October 25-28, 2021 (4 hours daily)

    Webinars' Local Time in Your City

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    11am-3pm UTC-4: Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Montréal, New York, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Québec, Santiago, Sherbrooke, Toronto, Washington
    10am-2pm UTC-5: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Omaha, San Antonio, Winnipeg
    9am-1pm UTC-6: Calgary, Denver, Edmonton, Regina, Salt Lake City, Saskatoon, Yellowknife
    8am-12pm UTC-7: Vancouver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle
    12-4pm UTC-3: Buenos Aires, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
    3-7pm UTC+0: Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Casablanca, Dakar, Reykjavik
    4-8pm UTC+1: Algiers, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lagos, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Tunis
    5-9pm UTC+2: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Geneva, Liège, Lille, Lyon, Madrid, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Pretoria, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Vienna, The Hague, Warsaw, Zurich
    6-10pm UTC+3: Ankara, Athens, Bahrain, Doha, Helsinki, Kuwait, Nairobi, Riyadh, Sofia, Tallinn, Tel Aviv
    7-11pm UTC+4: Abu Dhabi, Baku, Dubai, Tbilisi
    11pm-3am UTC+8: Hong Kong, Kuala Lampur, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei
    12-4am UTC+9: Seoul, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe
    1-5am UTC+10: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
    3-6am UTC+12: Auckland, Wellington
    Learning Objectives

    The purpose of these four intensive webinars is for the participants to: (a) gain cutting-edge knowledge of the emerging innovation universe (Webinar I); and (b) master the skills to execute the most-neglected yet indispensable upstream tasks. During Webinars II, III and IV, the participants will deep dive into these prerequisites to excel in the subsequent core phases of the innovation journey. The faculty will demonstrate from real-life cases, ranging from start-ups to large corporate R&D that when these upstream tasks are aptly accomplished, the value of idea generation, structured creativity, design to innovation prototyping, testing, scaling and ultimate delivery do improve by a quantum leap. The faculty will discuss breakthrough concepts and provide proven practical instruments that are neither in the public domain nor taught in all but one educational institution.

    Webinar I: The Emerging Innovation Science, the Meta-Innovation Universe and Cognitive Neuroscience
    This introduction to the science of innovation features proven and inclusive means, accessible to non-experts, to excel in innovation, including an overview of cognitive neuroscience in creativity and a deep dive into the Harvard® Innovation Funnel. The Funnel is a work in progress of ten-year collective applied research and fieldwork in meta-innovation, i.e., the process of creating and building means to innovate, including principles, concepts, algorithms, equations, methods and tools, including accelerators, hackathons and incubators.

    Webinar II. Learn and Practice Skills with Proven Tools to Excel in Maximizing Value Incubation
    Value Incubation is the most neglected crucial phase in most teams' innovation journey. Take a look at your workplace, be it a start-up, a research center, a large firm or a government agency. If innovations and critical decisions are rushed under surprise-events' pressure, giving rise to inelastic deadlines and a grueling teamwork, this intensive skills-development session will help your team gain the upper hand, by acting before such events appear on your radar. Overlooking this phase stifles innovation by impairing goal-setting, idea generation, creativity and design options; leading to adverse impact on the ultimate value to your organization, its ecosystems and society at large.

    Webinar III: Harness the Untapped Power of Your Strategic, Contextual and Deep Ecosystems.
    Useful innovations that push creative boundaries rarely occur in a void. Aware of their strengths and limitations, great innovators move forward by leveraging their their contextual- and deep-ecosystems' resources. Risks abound; but, so are opportunities, from ad-hoc intelligence, expertise and other support, to co-development, and co-opportunity creation. On occasion, hitchhiking on the prominence of ecosystem members can be, at the very least, the icebreaker for the strategic attention you deserve. This session focuses on proven counterintuitive ways to mitigate risks and extend your reach by discovering unknown, yet reliable good-fit allies, in proximity and across the globe, from a cluster of ethical choices.

    Webinar IV: Deep Dive into the Stakeholders' Dynamics and Influence Webs with 10F Framework and Gestalt Thinking
    No sustainable innovation, transformational change, strategic policy or breakthrough product or service, can be effectively planned and developed without a good picture of the stakeholders' dynamics, webs of influence and value incubation. Participants will practice with unique tools to identify overlooked relationships and stakeholders, from pioneers, champions, mid-fielders to mature players, including issue riders, fellow-travelers and adversaries, from the rational ones up to those whose vested interest is systematic obstruction, regardless of the consequences. They will apply Gestalt thinking and the 10F framework, the most-practical intelligence instrument to capture the dynamics between perceptions, interests, power of influence, and the dissatisfaction with the status quo. They will also probe for the conspicuous and elusive surprise events' impacts on the stakeholders' decisions, which, alas, are often not in sync with their mission.

    Senior Faculty Member: Rob STEPHENS, PhD, Nanotechnology
    Dr. Stephens will share user experiences, from start-ups to directing R&D in a large corporation.

    Dr. Rob Stephens, Member of the Board of Advisors With a PhD in nanotechnology and a track record in directing engineers and scientists, Dr. Rob Stephens is a strategic thought leader and an innovator in the mining and advanced materials industries with international experience in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. He has thirty years of technical and strategic leadership, culminating in six years as Director, Applied Research and Technology (ART) for Teck (Canada's largest diversified resources company, revenue $12 billion), and including a decade supporting the development of innovation ecosystems in Canada. Dr. Stephens continues to provide expertise in minerals and materials processing, non-destructive testing, aviation, professional development, and venture capital.

    During twenty years with Teck, Dr. Stephens built and led large, diverse teams of internal and external technology specialists and vendors to advance and integrate technologies to solve Teck's complex challenges. With a budget of $10-25 million, his ART team of forty engineers, scientists, and technicians, a third of whom had doctoral degrees and supported by an extended team of thirty external experts. The team worked on a broad portfolio of technical projects and programs, ranging from advances in ore body knowledge, coal, oil sands and mineral processing technologies to environmental sustainability. Its hallmark was the ability to rapidly learn new technical disciplines to integrate ideas and partial solutions from a wide range of sources and become experts in the required disciplines.

    Dr. Stephens' expertise ranges from foresight and strategy development, people and team development, technology and innovation management, environmental and climate change technologies, to ore body knowledge, advanced materials and minerals processing, and metals smelting and refining.

    Dr. Stephens has been a director for not-for-profit organizations, leader in professional societies, and a member of oversight boards for complex technical programs, as well as significant capital projects. He played a national leadership role in developing collaborative innovation ecosystems through participation in the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), engagement with numerous universities and science and technology organizations such as Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the National Research Council (NRC), and advising on government policy and program directions.

    Faculty Leader, Innovation & Foresight Team: Alain Paul MARTIN, 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership

    Alain Paul Martin, Workshop Leader Alain Paul Martin's meta-innovation mission is twofold: advancing innovation quality to maximize user value and SDG/ESG impact; and democratizing the worldwide access, for all, to the best innovation education, practical instruments (frameworks, roadmaps, algorithms) and strategic ecosystems. Alain leads the creation and scaling of groundbreaking products and organizations (banking, advanced technology, energy, mining, education, government); and chairs innovation and foresight panels.

    Mr. Martin currently teaches courses and workshops in exemplary leadership and innovation ecosystems (contextual, strategic and deep/extended), idea generation and cross-pollination, structured creativity and management of change for scientists, engineers, policy makers, team leaders and graduate students, in English, French and via simultaneous translation in other languages.

    In this program, Mr. Martin demonstrates game-changing cases, including the invention of a multinationally patented and Harvard-University's branded product, and several innovations where he was a lead strategist, in transforming lagging businesses (banking & finance, large-scale manufacturing) and government agencies into long-lasting leaders in their respective sectors and the best performers by SDG/ESG impact (thousands of lives saved) and financial metrics (in $billions). The case studies include a highly-profitable groundbreaking innovation with a lasting worldwide carbon-footprint reduction impact (over 25-million metric-ton yearly reduction in dioxide), the first award-winning business innovation earning the prestigious United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP). He co-founded the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to operate at arm's length of political and economic powers. Inspired by Harvard Profs. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, he spearheaded the creation of Partners in Health Canada, now harnessing Canadian generosity for the poorest countries.

    Mr. Martin taught graduate courses in management of change; and delivered leadership workshops (Bertelsmann, Cap-Gemini, EON, Framingham State University, France Loisirs, GE (Canada, France, U.S.), Harvard and the Ivy-League's Leadership Summit, Japan's METI and Engineering Advancement Association (ENNA), MD Robotics, Morocco's OCP Group and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Ontario's OPG Nuclear Power, operations-research societies, the Project Management Institute (PMI), Teck Resources, Textron's Bell Helicopter, United Nations' University (Tokyo), University of Québec and governments (Brazil, Canada, China, EU, Japan, Mexico, U.S.).

    Concurrently, Mr. Martin is the CEO of PDI (, a catalyst in principled leadership and innovation, and Chief Architect, Harvard University Global System (for which PDI is Harvard University's licensee), comprising cutting-edge innovation and performance-improvement instruments. He led the discovery, design and scaling of this system, first used by Skanska (Sweden; U.K., Germany, Finland and Saudi Arabia) to manage $1M to multi-billion dollar projects.

    Alain Martin is a 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership, a Harvard Business School's entrepreneurship alumnus (OPM 1997-99) and a 6-year president (10-year director) of two Harvard clubs. He is recognized by Harvard University's president for his "Leadership, Vision and Service" and PMI for "outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art of project management". He is a patent recipient (U.S., Canada and Japan) for the Harvard University Planner and is also an aerospace-award's recipient for a manufacturing innovation at Bombardier (Canadair), now Airbus.

    Mr. Martin graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University (Montréal) and studied advanced technology in Lille (France) with internships at Peugeot, SFB (now ARD National TV Network) in Berlin (Germany), the University of Ottawa (Particle Physics) and Carleton University (Hydrodynamics Lab). He acquired skills in system thinking and change management at MIT Sloan School and in field work with Prof. Richard Beckhard, Gestalt psychology at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and in internship with Prof. Herbert Shepard, and mediation and advanced negotiation for lawyers, at Harvard Law School from which he is certified to teach negotiation in corporations. Lifetime learning is part of his mission (see C.V. page 4 on Education and Continuous Learning).

    Volume II Deep Dive into VALUE INCUBATION & Stakeholders' Interests & Ecosystems by Alain-Paul-Martin 
		Foresight Alain Martin's current research centers on innovation science concepts, principles, tools, and education to maximize both user value and SDG/ESG impact, i.e. imagine, design and deliver economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially beneficial user-centered innovations (products, services, policies and organizations). Alain focuses on harnessing strategic opportunities in the contextual and deep ecosystems; and improving value-incubation, idea-generation and cross-pollination practices, upstream in the innovation funnel. He builds on current knowledge and best practices to raise innovation foresight and capability, across the entire tech and non-tech spectra of groundbreaking economic and social innovations, from life sciences, robotics and infrastructure to safety, education, social justice and policy development.

    Democratizing leadership, by empowering high-school educated adults with cutting-edge innovation and decision-making tools, is a worldwide priority. Alain's contribution is to make Harvard® innovation and project-management tools (incl. Harvard® Innovation Funnel, ecosystems and roadmaps), accessible to this constituency. That is why, inspired by the groundbreaking inventions of Louis Braille (Braille Code), Joseph D. Becker (Unicode) and music notations, Alain developed a simplified coding structure for international project teams to share project plans and progress reports, across language boundaries. The approach was applied successfully, first by Skanska, in projects franging from a million to multi-billion dollars in budget and in several countries in Europe, the Middle-East and Latin America.

    Alain's upcoming book "Breakthroughs in Innovation Best Practices" is the first in five-volume eBook series titled "The Art & Science of Innovation". It builds on the intelligence and novelty lessons learned from opportunity and failure seeds, frequently unseen or overlooked, during the issue-incubation cycle, including the underlying stakeholders' dynamics and broader implications in business, government and geopolitics. The book features practical instruments and a framework to probe each party's interests (expectations, unsatisfied needs and fears); detect early signs of opportunities and threats before appearing on the scientists' and executives' radars; build the critical mass for change, in order to harness the full strategic value of an innovation. When these tasks are aptly accomplished, the value of idea generation, structured creativity and design do improve by a quantum leap. No important project or policy can be planned without a deep dive into stakeholders' dynamics and value incubation.

    For more on Alain's innovative work in finance & banking, energy & mining, education, the public service and civil society, please refer to : 4-page C.V. in PDF format and detailed C.V.

    First 4-Webinar Tuition Fees (Public Webinars & Private Sessions)
    • Regular fees: $1395; Government: $1295; Individual 10% discount for October 2021 sessions only
    • Special: Team fees for 3 or more participants: $1095 per person

    • Private sessions for up to 29 participants: $18,900 includes an hour personal consultation with each participant.
      If applicable, sales and value-added taxes (HST, PST, VAT and withholding taxes) are extra.
    • 10% Discount for governments and nationally-recognized degree-granting educational institutions

    Note: Multiple discounts are not applicable. Fees include course materials valued at $490, namely:

    • 4 practical workbooks (one for each webinar) and a complete set of PowerPoint handouts,
    • A draft monograph of Alain Paul Martin's upcoming ebook titled "Breakthroughs in Innovation Best Practices"
    • The book "Harnessing the Power of Intelligence, Counterintelligence & Surprise Events",
    • Harvard University Global System's Roadmaps
      • Harvard® Innovation Funnel
      • The Complete Framework Vision, Strategy, Policy and Project Management
      • Continuous Risk Management: The Complete Roadmap both in poster and an advanced video on continuous risk management
      • Principled Negotiation Framework, essential to plan meetings with diverse stakeholders
    • Harvard University Global System's templates including Creativity Templates

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    Cancellation Policy
    Participants registering as a group must send substitutes in lieu of canceling. For other clients, cancellations are accepted if made at least 10 working days prior to the course, and are subject to a $150 service charge per person. Full fees are payable by anyone who fails to attend or cancels less than 10 working days prior to the session. One substitution or transfer to a later course of the same duration is accepted.

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