Large Group Workshops for: Businesses/Industry, K-12 , and University Stakeholders (Admin, Teachers, Professors, and Students)

"Dr. Wright's willingness to share an Innovation Seminar at Oregon State University, to a broad audience, was both informative and enlightening. The university has not previously sponsored nor offered cross-discipline innovative thought training. As such the Innovation Seminar was well attended both years by a wide variety of participants, representing fields as diverse as: Engineering, Public Policy, Natural Resource Management, Water Policy, and Public Health."

Seth Sherry

Community & Economic Development Planner

One on one and or group tailored training, innovation assessing and measurement, and coaching, and mentoring.

"I personally have applied many of the techniques Dr. Wright shared with us in my own problem solving, both professionally and personally, to support my own approach to creative thinking. The Innovation Seminar taught me and many others that problem solving can be pushed well beyond "business as usual."

"It has helped me look at problems different, where I can create original and useful ideas. More and more we are not given the problems. We need to be able to find problems that we didn’t know existed, and then solve them. The techniques Dr. Wright teaches have helped me do this."


Jacob Wheadon

Operations Human

Next Thing Co.

Access to Innovation Assessments, Innovation Instructional Materials, and Innovation Resources

"The curriculum shared by Dr. Wright is the exact type of content that students today thirst for, with a recognition that the most pressing challenges we face in our fields of study, communities, and globally, require unique and innovative approaches to solving."

"It has changed the way I think… and approach problems… and teach."


Corina Sorensen

CTE Educator


Innovation happens all around us - We can and should be part of it.



  • Jones, M., & Wright, G. (2019). The ecology and complementary aspects of engineering design and innovation. In INTED 2019: 13th International Technology, Education and Development Conference.

  • Jones, M. & Wright, G. (2018). Instructional frameworks improve creativity in education. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

  • Wright, G. and Jones, M. (2018). Innovation in the Elementary Classroom. Technology Engineering Teacher/International Technology Engineering Education Association.

  • Wright, G. and Jones, M. (2016). The Why, How, and Findings from Teaching Innovation to Middle and High School Students. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

  • Wright, G. (2015). Promoting the Engineering Design Process by Teaching Students How to be Innovative. World Academy of Science, Technology, and Engineering.

  • Wright, G. (2015). Assessing Innovation. The Business Review (23, 1). New York, NY.

  • Farnsworth, C. B., Welch, R., McGinnis, M., Wright, G. A. (2013). Bringing Creativity into the Lab Environment. American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Wright, G. A., Wheadon, J., Skaggs, P. T., Farnsworth, C. B. (2013). Development and Initial Validation of an Innovation Assessment. American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Wright, G. A., Skaggs, P. T. (2012). The Innovation Sandbox. World Conference on Business, Economics, and Management. 

  • Wright, G. A. (2012). Innovation Is Not a Process – It's a Sandbox.. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference.

  • Wright, G. A., Howell, B. F., Skaggs, P. T., Lewis, T. (2011). Creativity and Innovation: A Comparative Analysis of Definitions and Assessment Measures. American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Wright, G. A., West, R. E., Tateishi, I., Randall, D. M. (2010). Distributed Creativity Within a Community of Student Instructional Designers: Two Case Studies in Higher Education. International Conference of the Learning Sciences.

  • Wright, G. A., West, R. E. (2010). Using Design Thinking to Improve Student Innovation. World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education.

  • ITI (Innovation Test Instrument): a tool for measuring personal innovation ability. CLICK here for more information. 

  • USERS (Understanding Shaping Exploring Refining Sharing) pdf document detailing the five essential parts of innovation. 

  • Ice Cream Innovation Model (graphic defining what innovation is: the combination of divergent [creativity] and convergent [implementation] thinking). 

Helpful Books:

Handbook of Creativity, Sternberg

The Innovator's Solution, Christensen and Raynor

The Myths of Innovation, Berkun

Where Good Ideas Come From, Johnson

The Innovators's Dilemma, Christensen

Thinkertoys, Michalko



Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering and Technology and Brigham Young University. He is the current chair of innovation in the BYU School of Technology. His research interests lie in innovation, education, and entrepreneurship. 

Paul Skaggs is a Professor of Industrial Design also at Brigham Young University. His career has been dedicated to innovation - both as a designer in industry, and as an educator in higher education. 

Bryan Howell is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design. Bryan teaches courses in Two and Three Dimensional Design Composition, The History of Contemporary Design, and focuses on product interface design and the definition, development and validation of meaningful product concepts and designs for a corporate settings. 

Matthew Jones (MS) is a graduate student at Purdue University who studied and co-taught innovation as part of his undergraduate degree in Technology & Engineering Studies/Education at BYU. His research and outreach now includes creativity and cognitive processes in teams and the science of complex collaboration.



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