Creative Facilitation

Fostering your creative potential with design practices

Creativity is an innate and critical skill in the context to 21st century challenges. To navigate these challenges, society needs critical thinkers, who are flexible, open-minded, and risk-taking: in sum, creative individuals. However, our creativity is often curbed as we grow, which affects how we engage on creative tasks. Be it as an individual, as a team member, or as a facilitator, for ideas to emerge you first need creative confidence. 


In this IDE Master Class, you will explore your own creative confidence and that of those around you. We will break creativity myths, look into attitudes and behaviours and reflect on the mental obstacles that hold your creative back to be able to move beyond them. We will rely on principles and methods of design practice, creativity techniques, supported by cognitive and social psychology foundations. At the end of this masterclass, you will have reflected on what strengthens your creative confidence, how can you support others to be creative and create long-lasting creative habits.

On one hand, this IDE Master Class supports professionals who would like to unlock their own creative potential; on the other hand, it empowers professionals to take these insights into their own environments to support others (as a team leader or member; as a facilitator collaborating with users and stakeholders, etc.)

Learning Objectives

During this master class, you will learn to

  • Understand the principles related to creative confidence and creative processes.
  • Reflect on what influences creative confidence and how to support it, from multiple perspectives (individually, as a team member, leader or facilitator).
  • Broaden your toolset of methods, behaviours and processes to nurture creative confidence.
  • Identify opportunities and challenges of using technology and AI and their impact on creative confidence.
  • Develop your creative confidence and the confidence of others around you via design practices and creative techniques.


  • Deep dive into creative confidence and other related self-beliefs on creativity.
  • Case studies of creative confidence in multiple areas: e.g., design leadership; co-creation and participatory design processes; team collaboration. 
  • Design practices (e.g., visualising/prototyping, reflecting) and their impact on creative confidence.
  • The influence of AI on creative confidence.


Practical Information

Before the course:
We invite you to reflect beforehand on your past experiences to bring two situations to the IDE Master Class: 1) when you felt very confident on your creative abilities and 2) when your creative confidence was its lowest. 

Handouts and canvasses with exercises will be provided during the IDE Master Class. Other relevant articles will be included in this package for further reading into the topic. 

After the course:
Two months after the course, a pre-set consultation timeslot will be offered to all participants to share experiences and ask questions to the IDE Master Class. The format and the timing will be discussed with the participants during the IDE Master Class.