Joel Barker has always believed the future is something you create, not something that happens to you. In this bold, new program, Innovation at the Verge, Barker teaches how to create your own future by finding your next innovation. Through stories and examples, you will learn how to combine your ideas with the ideas of others as you meet at the Verge. How can your organization use this program? Ideas for Application For years trainers have come to rely on successfully using Joel Barker training programs because of their multiple levels of application. Using Innovation at the Verge will be no different. Here are a few topics and areas for training Creativity Teach people to create something altogether new - Use the program to encourage creativity, dreaming big and pushing people out of their day to day thinking. Use this program to teach the importance of finding new ways to use existing ideas. Risk Taking Teach people to take risks - This program does not say hunker down and play it safe. This program is not for those who are set on doing the same thing, hoping for different results. Use the program to teach people how to take risks and look far outside of their comfort zone to find new ideas. Leadership Teach people how to be imaginative leaders - Use the program to encourage leaders to see the value of building a diverse team of people with different ways of thinking and solving problems. Help leaders to learn how the best ideas often come from the most unexpected sources. Communication Teach people how to talk about new ideas - The easiest thing to say is "No, that wouldn't work." Use the program to teach how to talk about the value of new ideas. Help people to understand how innovations create new options that didn't exist before, enlarging the marketplace. Innovation Teach people how to find the future - We are facing unprecedented demands for new ideas in energy, health care, education, transportation, housing, just to name a few. Use the program to teach people how we need to go exploring in places we usually ignore.