"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

"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.

"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


It's time for that rubber-to-pavement training you've been looking for. Creativity and innovation right at your fingertips.


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



  • 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


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