GreenHouse :: Workshops

Making the invisible visible.

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You want to create change…

…in your community, your organization — the world.


If, however, you’re like many of the smart, dedicated and creative folks at the organizations that we’ve helped, you might not have the time or the tools or the bandwidth to push the thinking new ways, to find your “Aha!” and develop a strategy to make it happen.

We’ve been there. We understand.

GreenHouse has a workshop…just for you.

Using our systematic approach to rapid social innovation, which unlocks one “Aha!” moment after another, we’ll help you::

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:: Properly contextualize a challenge; or your vision, “the big picture” and the thinking that informed it.


:: Reveal the norms that are related to the challenge or opportunity; identify the ones that must be subverted before you execute a strategy to improve outcomes and achieve your goals in the real world, beyond the whiteboards, foamcore, and Post-It Notes.

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:: Prepare to prototype and test concepts for strategy development and execution.


With our help, you and your team will be able to:


::  Identify key actors in the change you’re seeking to make and who influences them

::  Reveal essential, hidden actors who can accelerate or slow change

::  Understand actors’ motivations and needs

::  Make sense of the existing narratives that will impact change

::  Sort through the various formal and informal rules that will impact change

::  Investigate expectations about the future that will impact change

:: Make sense of related challenges that will influence change

::  Identify social norms at the center of the change you’re seeking to make

::  Verify that you’re seeking to make the right change

::  Coalesce around a shared vocabulary and experience of change


And create one “Aha!” moment after another…


Innovation workshops can be designed as stand-alone, on-site or off-site experiences; as part of a larger effort to turbocharge capacity building initiatives; to “reality test” business strategies before execution; or to help organizations build a culture of continuous innovation.



“We become so accustomed to the norms shaping our behavior that we limit our sense of what’s possible. GreenHouse’s unique methodology reveals these self-imposed limits, which is the beginning of true innovation.”

— Chief Innovation Officer, Exelon

“Our first workshop with GreenHouse provided [a new] language and helped our members put it to use. Participant reviews were glowing.”

— Executive Director, Chicago Literacy Alliance


“Imagine being faced with a serious challenge or problem, then having it blown into a million pieces, then reconstructed and returned to you as an asset. That’s what GreenHouse can do.”

— President, Creative Coalition

GreenHouse’s insight and approach isn’t magic. It’s better than magic.”

— Founder and CEO of 10.10.10 


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GreenHouse :: Partnerships

Working together to create change.

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You want to invest in success.

We do, too.


Our greatest successes have come from the strategic partnerships we have developed and maintained with organizations in the public, private, social and academic sector.

GreenHouse partnerships are built upon universal principles and values, a common vision and shared goals. And, not the least, on a unifying belief that now is the time to transcend conventional modes of thinking to drive innovation in the public and private sectors.

To that end, we partner with businesses and organizations on research and innovation projects that are designed to identify social conflicts related to specific challenges involving a plurality of actors — people, in other words — and to develop new strategies and models to resolve those conflicts, and effect meaningful, measurable change.

We also serve as innovation mediators for client-partners, designing, convening and directing hard yet necessary conversations on complex issues — social, cultural, organizational — to discover new paths toward mutual understanding, respect and collaboration.


“A GreenHouse research and innovation partnership is extraordinary in form, process and outcome…the result is nothing short of transformational.”

President, Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation

“GreenHouse’s expertise is that of the most unusual sort and lies in their ability to engage people at the highest possible level in analysis of their concerns and their dreams for the improvement in the human condition.”

— Dean, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work 


“[Partnering] with GreenHouse is an exhilarating, 360-degree whirlwind experience. Their work in educational, business, not-for-profit, and corporate communities around the world is driven by an utterly original approach to problem solving.”

— Director of Artist Communities and Presenting, National Endowment for the Arts


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GreenHouse :: Sprints

Smarter Questions. Smarter Answers.

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You’re about to start a new project.

And you want to make sure you get things right…from the start.

We can help.

Our half-day innovation sprints are designed to enhance your in-house capabilities on the front end to accelerate innovation and improve outcomes for the clients and communities you serve.

We’ll work with you and your team to define the end in view — what getting it right looks like — and articulate the central question or questions that you need to ask in order to better understand the problems that must be solved to achieve your goals.

As one client said, “a GreenHouse Innovation Sprint is the thing you do before you do the thing you do.”


“The GreenHouse process has a greater impact than anything else I have seen. It’s not another ‘process,’ not another discussion group — it delivers positive action and effective change in some of the most challenging environments.”

— Executive Director, Aegis Trust and Regional Director, Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda


“GreenHouse tees up research questions designed to take you to new dimensions, and generate intellectual collisions with the power to change our understanding of the world.”

— Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of State for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies


“We turn to GreenHouse when we need new, original, and creative thinking that challenges the mind and the status quo. There is no other organization I know of that is as innovative and gifted to solve problems.”

— Founder, The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership


Interested? Let’s talk.


We’d like to learn more about you and your present needs. And we’d like to tell you a little bit more about GreenHouse::Innovation, too, and figure out how we can help get you from “Aha!” to execution with a workshop, research and innovation partnership or innovation sprint.