Tending the Garden of Innovation

  • Does everyone have the potential to be innovative?
  • What does it take to cultivate your own creativity?
  • What tools could you use to stimulate the growth of new ideas from the group you’re working with?
  • What are three key tools to ensure that your project is grounded in fertile soil?

Learn this and more in this one-hour session!


Opportunity Chart (PDF)

Random Stimulus (PDF)


  • The art of innovation : lessons in creativity from IDEO, America’s leading design firm / Tom Kelley, with Jonathan Littman.
  • Designing for growth : a design thinking tool kit for managers / Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie.
  • Innovative intelligence : the art and practice of leading sustainable innovation in your organization / David S. Weiss and Claude Legrand.
  • The innovator’s toolkit: 50+ techniques for predictable and sustainable organic growth/ David Silverstein and Philip Samuel.
  • Solving Problems with Design Thinking: 10 Stories of What Works/ Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, and Kevin Bennett.
  • Back of the Napkin/ Dan Roam

Future Trends

What’s New?

Open Innovation Marketplaces

Resources shared by attendees:

About Jane Martel

As the customer experience coordinator for the Arapahoe Library District, Jane develops patron satisfaction surveys and metrics, designs service-related training for employees, and manages the patron feedback system. Jane holds a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Education and has 30 years of professional experience in business, government, and non-profit organizations. She puts her focus on process improvement, customer service, and innovation to work to ensure that the patrons’ experience is nothing short of…wow!