Course curriculum

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    • Preparation and Getting Started for Online Independent Self-Led individuals

    • Start the "Creative Canvas" now

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    • REACT: Quiz

    • RECEIVE: Certificate and learn about future courses

    • AFTER: Options for continued learning after the sessions


CREATIVE & CRITICAL THINKING (CSI2) Core Course (for individuals)

About this course

Creative Solutions Collaborator Canvas: Come up with better ideas sooner

This session revolves around an interactive collaborative canvas that introduces a foundational creative and critical thinking model and related tools to help a team to come up with better ideas faster. Incorporates the Strategies for Innovative Development (SID) one-page solutions template, and a number of popular Design Thinking tools. CSI2

ABOUT The Course Content

The Creative Collaborator Canvas: Better ideas faster. The virtual canvas can be self-led & run by an independent leader for their team OR professionally facilitator-led

The CSI2: Creative Collaborator Canvas uses both the SID model & design thinking tools, for better ideas & solutions faster!

  • Use the one-page process SID mode (centre) for coming up with a summary of the better ideas & solutions faster.
  • Use the 4 Mode SID Flipcharts & Flow (left) to explore workings.
  • Use the Deep Dive design thinking tools (right) to extend any mode as needed.

This canvas covers framing problem statements through to rapid ideation and implementation using the Strategies for Innovative Development (SID) model & design thinking tools. It's designed to come up with better ideas (Creative thinking)   and solutions (Critical thinking) faster. This canvas process can be used in as fast as 30 mins (centre page), or as long as it needs using the workings (left) out and extension tools (right).

The board utilizes both divergent thinking and convergent thinking to explore many possible solutions and come up with some practical applications for business issues or areas needing fresh thinking. The session provides the opportunity to participate in & solve a real case study or workplace issue.

The problem-solving process requires both the ability to come up with new ideas and better ways of doing things (creative thinking) AND to assess the worth or validity of those ideas and convert them to practical solutions (critical thinking).

The opening 2 modes in this model focus on being creative and looking for all the crazy 'what if' blue sky "better" ideas.

The final 2 modes will make sure you actually are solving the best problem, and in a way that is actually works. Critical thinking ensures the creative ideas are earthed. (better solutions).

Using a process with the SID model ensures the steps are all done and at the right time, in the best order.

CREATIVE THINKING The thinking we do when we generate ideas. Can challenge dogma and construct unusual elements/ Divergent Thinking

CRITICAL THINKING The thinking we do when we judge ideas. Can apply meaning and relevance. /Convergent Thinking.


Who is this course for? 

  1. Individuals that want to use quick and simple design thinking creative problem-solving tools to come up with better ideas (and solutions) faster!
  2. Individuals who have participated in the full 'CSI2 Creative and Critical Thinking Rescue Strategies' workshop and would like to use the canvas for themself. 
    How?  Individuals can systematically walk through the simple design thinking process. - one step at a time. 


Creative Thinking Rescue Strategies - workings

MODE 1: ENQUIRE (Empathize & Frame)

  • STRATEGY 1: Cultivate curiosity
  • STRATEGY 2: Accept ambiguity

MODE 2: EXPLORE (Ideate & Diversify)

  • STRATEGY 3: Unleash your imagination
  • STRATEGY 4: Access all parts of the brain

Critical Thinking Rescue Strategies workings

MODE 3: SOLVE (Highlight Solutions)

  • STRATEGY 5: Reconstruct common concepts

MODE 4: APPLY (Prototype & Test)

  • STRATEGY 6: Explore different paths
  • STRATEGY 7: Embrace optimism





  • Deep dive design thinking tools (use these as needed to further explore each mode & strategy.

More Info

  • Lifetime Access

    You will have lifetime access to your Miroboard. Use it as many times as you like. (however please note this pricepoint is designed for an individual to use. Team board licencing is also available: see CSI2 Core Course for Team Leader.

  • How

    Once you enrol in this course, we will be notified and send you your own unique URL to access you miroboard canvas.

Digital Delivey Options

There are several delivery options to choose from:

The CSI digital program comes with the ‘collaborator canvas’ (digital Miro-board). The session can be used by a single person to work through the CSI model for design thinking systematically. (option 

Self-led sessions (option #2 & 3) have the option to also upload their board(s) and assessments to receive professional Analysis /Feedback /Coaching and help to identify innovation leadership capabilities. (extra fees apply)

Dive deep with an expert professional facilitator


Book an accredited facilitator to walk you / your team(s) through the full program with a A) face to face, OR  B) virtual live workshop setting. This allows for an extended comprehensive debrief, to reach more customized outcomes and develop action plans.

HOW? contact Tirian to book a workshop.
(consider becoming a licenced partner or accredited facilitator)

Collaborate in independent self-led teams

Leaders can purchase the digital 'CSI-2 Creative Scene Investigation Collaborative Team Canvas online as an independent team and use the digital format to discuss the topic in teams through following the online instructions. 

HOW? Change to the course page called CREATIVE & CRITICAL THINKING (CSI2) Core Course for Team Leader + Collaborator Canvas

Explore the concepts as an individual

You are currently on OPTION 3

Individual self-paced learning through walking through the board ideas and concepts independently, and/or combining the experience with learning modules as part of the full bundle self-paced online courses.

HOW?  Continue on this course page. Click the BUY NOW button at the top of the page. 

Once we see enrolment in this course we will send you an individual Miroboard URL Canvas

Analysis /Feedback /Coaching Options

  • $500.00

    $500.00Analysis, Feedback & Coaching (AFC)

    Upload a canvas / board / assessment to receive professional Analysis / Feedback / Coaching. Help to identify readiness & capabilities.
    Buy Now
  • $300.00

    $300.00CREATIVE & CRITICAL THINKING (CSI2) Collaborator Canvas >> for Independent Leaders & Teams

    Run this session with a team - collaborative canvas
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  • $95.00

    $95.00CREATIVE & CRITICAL THINKING (CSI2+) Advanced Assignment >> for Workshop Participants

    Do you own design thinking assignment - step by step process for your own real live case study - and how to prepare a pitch back
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Designers & Research Team

Andrew Grant (BEd, Dip Tch)

Executive Director Tirian

Co-author “Who Killed Creativity” & “The Innovation Race”

Gaia Grant  (PhD, MSc, Grad Dip Change Leadership, BD (hons), BA, Dip Ed.)

Executive Director Tirian, Author, Doctoral Researcher & Lecturer
Associate Adjunct Faculty Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship | University of Sydney B
usiness School. 
Co-author “Who Killed Creativity” & “The Innovation Race” & Director of Tirian 

Contributing Researches & Co-designers:
- Dr Jason Gallate (PhD) Psychology & Neuroscience,
- Dr Lloyd Irwin  (DMin) Leadership,
- Carol Fusek (former P&G executive)
Watch Intro Video

Video CSI suite

CSI Creative Scene Investigation Program and Licencing Promo (5 mins)

Watch Intro Video

Video CSI-1 Digital Game Introduction 'Who Killed Creativity?'

ABOUT CSI-1 Digital Game Version (4 min)