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In a business environment that’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, you need to connect the dots so you can take bold, decisive action.

Graphic recording, graphic facilitation and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® can help you act decisively by making your company's ideas visible | Creative Sandbox Solutions™

You can’t afford for your team’s genius to be locked inside their heads.

How I Help You

I’m Melissa Dinwiddie—innovation strategist, facilitator, dot-connector, creativity instigator.

My superpower is making your people’s ideas visible—literally—so you can gain clarity, make sense of complex situations, and navigate confidently through rough, uncertain waters.

I make your teams' ideas visible through graphic recording, graphic facilitation, and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

Vision workshop with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® in the San Francisco Bay AreaUsing LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, I help your team “think with their hands,” getting their ideas out on the table in 3D.

And as a visual practitioner, I use graphic recording and graphic facilitation to get their ideas up on the wall in graphic form, so you can see the big picture, themes, AND gaps.

My methods are fun and engaging, and people feel heard and respected while activating both left and right sides of the brain.

Whether in 2 or 3 dimensions, visual methods enhance alignment, since everyone walks away with a common picture.

I also incorporate other scientifically grounded, play-based methods, like applied improvisation, games and cards—all designed to help participants build trust, take risks, lean into uncertainty, strengthen communication, and develop leadership skills.

The upshot is, together we create solutions you can see, and we quickly create and deliver action plans.

We just happen to also have a ridiculously good time while doing it. 

“Play is not the opposite of work. When it’s used strategically, play is how we make work more effective.”

-Melissa Dinwiddie

 

A visual bio of Melissa Dinwiddie

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, I’m steeped in a culture of innovation and disruption.

As a professional artist and calligrapher for 15 years, with a background in dance (Juilliard-trained) and music (semi-professional jazz singer), I bring a creative outsider’s perspective to your corporate setting, and now channel my art background into graphic facilitation.

I’ve studied and performed improv since 2013. The skills that allow a team of improvisors to make up scenes onstage for a paying audience are the same skills that make a high-functioning corporate team, and I can teach them to your team: collaboration, communication, and leaning into uncertainty in high stakes contexts.

I’m a certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods and materials:

✔️Teams & Groups

✔️Advanced Strategy

✔️Advanced Creative Conflict Management

✔️Advanced Strategic Storytelling

As an online business owner since 2010, I’ve developed the skills to deliver online sessions for your distributed, virtual, or hybrid teams. (Ask me about Prelude, a suite of tools designed to accelerate team trust and improve performance in just a few short hours.)

Before starting Creative Sandbox Solutions™, I earned my Masters of Social Science in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, England, and built a successful business as a freelance artist and calligrapher. My own experience with creative block led me to build another business, Living A Creative Life, helping people get creatively unstuck, via online courses, a membership community, and in-person workshops and retreats.

Speaking at the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association National ConferenceMy front-of-room experience ranges from traveling the country teaching calligraphy, to speaking on stages from Connecticut to a packed house in Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, to performing as a singer for audiences as big as 6,500. 

I’m the author of The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, and host of The Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast. I live with my husband in Silicon Valley and spend my free time doodling, playing ukulele, or chasing kitty fluffs that have fallen off my Siberian cat, Nika.

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