Roger von Oech

Roger von Oech has spent a lifetime studying the creative process. He started his company, Creative Think, in 1977, to stimulate innovation in business through seminars, conferences, consulting, and products. His ideas have stimulated the creativity of many millions of people around the world. His clients have ranged from Apple, IBM, Cartier, Nestlé, and Disney to Coca-Cola, NASA, Google, Microsoft, Sony, USA Swimming, and the US Olympic Commmittee.

He is the author of four books on creativity, and the creator of the popular Creative Whack Pack  card decks and iOS apps. He is also the inventor of a line of magnetic manipulative geometrical toys, the most popular of which is the Ball of Whacks: A Creativity Tool for Innovators (it consists of thirty magnetic design blocks that can be turned into a rhombic triacontahedron and many other shapes).

Prior to starting Creative Think, he was employed by IBM.

Dr. von Oech is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Ohio State where he received both the President’s Scholarship Award and the Scholar-Athlete Award. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in a self-conceived interdisciplinary program in the “History of Ideas.”

He is married to Wendy, and they are the parents of two grown children, Athena and Alex, and grandparents to four amazing grandchildren!

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