Breakthroughs in Creativity and Innovation

Raising Our Personal and Collective Cognition to Wiser Levels


Have you ever yearned to find a solution for a complex design challenge that could improve the quality of life?

Have you ever glimpsed the potential of your own creative spirit to source the inspiration and guidance needed to help support the emergence of a better world?

Have you ever witnessed the magnificence of an innovation team tapping the power of their collective wisdom and creative intelligence to bring their innovations on-line in ways that change our world – for the better?

Considering various future scenarios in our world and work, our unique approach to breakthrough innovation begins with the premise that we cannot solve a problem at the same level of thinking (consciousness) that created it.

"The world we have made as a result of the level of the thinking we have done thus far

creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level (of consciousness) at which we have created them. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive.”


Participants will learn to understand, develop, and raise their creative intelligence and potentials for breakthroughs in creativity and innovation through a rich blend of dynamic personal and collective intelligence skills that are profoundly needed in these VUCA times (i.e. Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous times). 

These enhanced skills include:

- Learning to read the world with mindful, clear presence

- Understanding the generative nature of personal and collective intelligence

- Understanding the phases and stages of the creative process

- Tapping the power of mindfulness, deep reflections, and quiet mind skills for recognizing dynamic breakthrough ideas

- Personal and team protocols for discovering innovative responses to opportunities and challenges

- Learning to listen to whispers and not wait for screams

- Developing our capacity to embrace ambiguity as a vital skill for becoming more creative, both as individuals and as teams

  1. -Applying integral insights from complexity science and neuropsychology of creativity

  2. - Developing synergy through dynamic tension of knowing and unknowing, mastery and mastery, generative and receptive mind skills.

This dynamic, highly interactive, and experiential learning experience can be adapted to meet the creative needs and interests of a wide range of audiences – ranging from intimate explorations with small, intact creative design teams, to keynote presentations for larger audiences and diverse groups of professionals seeking to increase their capacity for breakthroughs in innovation that contribute to the triple bottom line.

Embracing the creative imperatives of these dangerous and exciting times, this compelling workshop is intended to inspire those who seek to discover solutions and creative responses to the design challenges of these times by refining their cognitive capacity to access more refined and creative levels of personal and collective consciousness. 

Weaving a wide array of insights and methods from their extensive experience guiding creative teams around the globe into the frontiers of innovation research, the Leveys will share perspectives from many arenas including:

  1. Google’s “Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory” and “Search Inside Yourself Program”

  2. Wisdom 2.0 Business forums

• NASA’s Advanced Leadership Training and Hazardous States of Awareness Research Project

• U.S. Army Special Forces “Ultimate Warrior/Jedi Warrior” Training Program

• H.P. Lab’s Breakthroughs in Creativity and Innovation Forum and 25th Earth Day Event

• Boeing Innovations Frontiers Colloquiums (Boeing, U.W. Composites Laboratory, Roll Royce, major airlines, etc.)

• Philips Medical’s portable ultrasound division

• Weyerhaeuser’s historic cross-functional innovation team

• In2In Thinking Network’s Mindful Leadership Thought Leaders (NASA, JPL, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Boeing, etc.)

  1. The Institute of Noetic Science’s invitational research salons exploring the farther reaches of extra-ordinary human performance

  2. Deep work with the Visionary Arts community:  CoSM, Art Monastery Project, Beloved,  Alchemeyez, Water Sines, etc.

  3. MIT Industrial Liaison with Boeing, Dupont, New Horizons for Learning, etc.

• Clinton Global Initiative’s forum for global leaders, researchers, and activists 

Drawing insights and methods from a wide spectrum of inspiring sources, this workshop provides an introduction to a suite of profoundly practical high-tech mind-fitness practices for radically expanding your creative capacity.  This session offers a well-grounded approach, presenting profoundly practical and inspiring perspectives from the creative frontiers of neuroscience, contemplative neuroscience, social neurobiology and noetic sciences, research in collective wisdom and creative intelligence, intuitive research, and other related disciplines based on the study of extraordinary human wisdom, creativity, and performance. These will be generously referenced and made easily accessible for your consideration and personal experimentation.

You will be invited to generously experiment with the ideas and methods presented, to apply them in the laboratory your own life, work, and relationships, and to apply what you learn on your own terms to the unique circumstances of your own lives and work.

Facilitator Bio:

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey are founders of InnerWork Technologies, Inc., (, a Hawaii and Seattle-based firm dedicated to developing and renewing organizational cultures and communities in which extra-ordinary levels of inspired leadership, creative intelligence, synergy, collective wisdom, and change resilience can thrive. The Leveys work with organizations and communities around the globe to inspire people to deepen the wisdom, wonder, compassion, resilience, and creativity they bring to life, work, and relationships amidst the myriad changes, challenges, and opportunities of these turbulent and rapidly shifting times.  Their work spans many disciplines and the following notes offer a glimpse of their experience:

• As mentors and advisors to leaders and innovation teams in over 200 leading organizations around the globe, their clients include: NASA, Google, Intel, Intuit, HP, World Bank, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Clinton Global Initiative, America Speaks, EMP (Experience Music Project), Boeing, Stanford Research Institute International, MIT, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, NOAA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Green Berets, West Point Military Academy, The Art Monastery, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center. The Leveys also served as Chairpersons for the Center for Corporate Culture & Organizational Health at the Institute for Health & Productivity Management, and are currently advisors for the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities, and Resilient People and Climate Change.

• Joel and Michelle Levey are also currently partnering with Google in developing their “Search Inside Yourself” programs, and facilitate the “Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory” for Googlers.  They developed the “Meditation Apps for Googlers” website offering a virtual portal for Googlers to explore the theory, practice, and research of contemplative science. The Dalai Lama, an advisor on a number of the Leveys’ projects praised their work saying: "You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences of to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings.”

• Michelle and Joel Levey designed and directed advanced Biocybernautic and Mind-Fitness Training for the U.S. Army Green Berets' acclaimed "Ultimate Warrior Training Program, aka "Jedi Warrior." This six-month, full-time training program explored the frontiers of advanced cognitive fitness and was described by West Point leaders as, "The most exquisite orchestration of human technology that we have ever seen." Michael Murphy & George Leonard, founders of the Esalen Institute, praised this work, saying, "Jedi Warrior was the most extensive and advanced leadership development program to be offered in modern times." At the end of this program one of their teams was selected as the most outstanding team in the NATO games.

• Joel & Michelle are founders of the International Institute for Mindfulness, Meditation, and MindBody Medicine and serve as faculty members for The School of Medicine at University of Minnesota, and faculty at Bastyr University’s Center for Science, Spirituality, and Medicine where they teach courses on Meditation and Medicine: Exploring the Vital Role of Contemplative Disciplines in Medicine and the Healing Arts.    Over the years, the Leveys have served as faculty for the International Center for Organization Design, The World Business Academy, The Seattle Center Leadership Institute, Leadership Institute of Seattle, and the Institute for Noetic Science. As guest faculty at the Indian Institute of Management (Asia's top business school) in Ahmedabad, India, they offered a special course for Indian and European business leaders on High Performance Leadership & Resilience. Joel also served as graduate faculty at Antioch University where he designed and taught two graduate programs related to wholistic health, integrative medicine, mind-fitness, and advanced consciousness research.

• The Leveys are active in the   dialogue between leaders in neuroscience, contemplative neuroscience, and social neurobiology research endeavors seeking to develop a new paradigm for understanding the nature and potential of human beings and our capacity to source a deeper wisdom to guide our lives.  In this spirit, Joel and Michelle have devoted a number of years of their lives to intensive contemplative retreats where they explored the profound inner workings of the creative mind.

• Joel and Michelle Levey were identified by the Institute of Noetic Sciences--for whom they have participated in numerous research colloquiums--as leading contemporary "teachers of transformation." Their pioneering work in the emerging field of Collective Wisdom and Intelligence began in the ‘70s and they have designed and facilitated extensive successful programs on collective and intuitive intelligence for leading businesses, community and activist groups, and the military. They have also served as personal advisors for many senior business leaders, coaches for Olympic Gold Medalist and record holding World-Class Athletes, and are members of the founding team of SportsMind, Inc. 

• The Leveys' published works have been translated into 10 languages and include: Living in Balance: A Dynamic Approach for Creating Harmony & Wholeness in a Chaotic World; Wisdom at Work; A Treasury of Tools for Cultivating Clarity, Kindness, & Resilience; Luminous Mind: Meditation and Mind Fitness; A Moment to Relax; The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds; and Simple Meditation & Relaxation; and Corporate Culture & Organizational Health: A Critical Analysis of How Workplace Culture Influences Business Success. They have contributed chapters to many anthologies including: Be the Change; Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow; Intuition at Work; Community Building in Business; Rediscovering the Soul in Business; and The New Bottom Line.

• The Leveys have a base in Seattle as well as Hawaii where they steward the Kohala Sanctuary, a learning center, gathering place, and organic farm on the northern tip of the Island of Hawaii.  They work with communities and organizations around the globe.

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