The FourSight Company

FourSight is a training and publishing company, dedicated to the science of good thinking. We develop research-based creativity and innovation tools, assessments and training designs proven to help individuals, teams and organizations solve complex problems more effectively. Our products draw from more than 65 years of research into critical and creative thinking as well as thinking preferences. Our goal is to make these profound cognitive insights easy to teach, learn and apply.

FourSight Thinking Profile

The FourSight Thinking Profile assessment helps you figure out where you naturally light up in the problem-solving process that leads to new solutions. Do you like to clarify? Ideate? Develop? Implement? Some combination? With FourSight, individuals, teams or organizations can discover their own problem-solving preferences and learn to leverage the thinking styles of others, so they can achieve breakthrough results.

Who uses FourSight?

FourSight is for anyone who wants to work collaboratively, think creatively and find innovative solutions. That includes…

  • Working teams
  • Corporate trainers
  • Leadership development centers
  • Executive educators
  • Independent consultants and coaches
  • Organizational development experts
  • Human resource specialists
  • Business schools
  • University educators

Our Team

Sarah Thurbe

Driver

Sarah Thurbe
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Sarah is Managing Partner at FourSight. A speaker, author and thought leader in the field of creativity, she works in partnership with academic researchers, creativity trainers and designers to spearhead the development of online and print-based tools that support cognitive diversity and creative thinking. Sarah is coauthor of “Creativity Unbound: An Introduction to Creative Process” (5th ed.) and “Facilitation: A Door to Creative Leadership” (4th ed.). She wrote her latest book “The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker” with her Danish colleague, Dorte Nielsen with whom she also developed the visual FourSight model for the universal creative process. The FourSight model has been adapted by the International Center for Studies in Creativity, the Creative Education Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership. Sarah has a master of science in creativity from SUNY Buffalo and lives in Evanston with her husband and three children.

Gerard Puccio

Finisher

Gerard Puccio
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Founding partner, author and originator of the FourSight theory, Gerard has dedicated his career to bringing the best of creativity theory to the rest of us. Gerard J. Puccio is the department chair and professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State, a unique academic department that offers the world’s only MS degree in creativity. In addition to creating the FourSight measure, Gerard has written more than fifty articles, chapters, and books. Along with his colleagues Marie Mance and Mary Murdock, he recently completed the second edition of a book titled Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change (2011). In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Gerard received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Research Excellence and the President’s Medal for Scholarship and Creativity. Gerard is an accomplished speaker, trainer, and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts in the United States and around the world. Some of the organizations Gerard has worked with recently include the British Broadcast Company (BBC), Paribas, Fisher-Price Brands, Rich Products, and Siemens. Gerard holds a PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.

Blair Miller

Idea-Broker

Blair Miller
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Blair Miller, founding partner of FourSight, travels the globe helping organizations build problem-solving capability, enrich creative climate, foster ideas and collaborate on innovative solutions. As a FourSight consultant, trainer and facilitator, he has developed a unique method of helping Fortune 500 companies deliver on their innovation goals. In the last ten years, he pioneered the fusion of creative problem solving techniques with traditional cost optimization methods, helping his clients deliver in excess of $1.3 billion in savings. Blair has co-authored numerous books and publications, including Creativity Unbound, which has been used by graduate programs in creativity and translated into 3 languages. Blair also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Creative Studies. The Creative Education Foundation (CEF) recently honored him with the Distinguished Leadership Award.

Russ Schoen

Ideator

Russ Schoen
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Russ Schoen, Facilitation Lead at FourSight, certifies and mentors FourSight facilitators to help them build creativity, collaboration and innovation into their practices. Russ has worked as a facilitator and trainer in the areas of deliberate creativity, innovation and change leadership for more than 17 years and has delivered training programs worldwide including programs in Singapore, Italy, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the US. A sampling of clients include T. Rowe Price, International Flavor & Fragrances, Kraft, Coca-Cola, TAP Pharmaceuticals, SC Johnson, Philips Electronics, Praxair, Discover, Kimberly-Clark, Zimmer and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Russ’s practical field experience is backed up by his academic credentials. He holds a MS. in Creativity from SUNY college at Buffalo and is an adjunct faculty at the Center for Studies in Creativity where he has taught graduate courses in facilitating creative process since 2007. When not working, Russ spends his free time studying improv with his two toddlers.

Greg Sonbuchner

Integrator

Greg Sonbuchner
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As Technology Lead at FourSight, Greg creates web-based products to enhance individual and organizational problem-solving capability. He is also pursuing a Master of Science in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, part of the State University of New York.

Prior to working in the creativity space, Greg worked in New York, founding a global business continuity practice. He spent the four preceding years running an international advertising awards show. The decade before that, he worked with ad agencies in Chicago and Minneapolis, serving as both CFO and CIO. He started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co., narrowly avoiding the requirement that he wear a fedora to work.

Greg practices taichi, yoga and beach volleyball. While traveling, his preferred luggage is a backpack.

Kelly Roberts

Clarifier

Kelly Roberts
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As Customer Service Lead, Kelly strives to make sure you get the most out of your FourSight experience. When she helps you sort out your customer concerns, you’ll be glad she’s a Clarifier. Her degree in psychology was an excellent basis for starting her own accounting and business services company. That experience, along with her primary role as food purchaser and chauffeur to two teenagers, have given her excellent skills in multi-tasking, problem solving and patience. Kelly loves working at FourSight, where she is just as likely to be speaking to a high level facilitator in Korea, a graduate student in Georgia or a business executive from the UK. Along with the teens, Kelly and her husband live in Evanston.

Dorte Nielsen

Early-Bird

Dorte Nielsen
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Dorte is an author, speaker, trainer and teacher of creativity. She is also the founder of FourSight Denmark and the Danish School of Media and Journalism’s “Creative Communication” department, an award winning BA education for Art Directors and conceptual thinkers.

Dorte is the author of numerous books and articles on creative thinking, including “Inspired– How creative people think, work and find inspiration,” “The Idea Book” (Danish), “Creativity Unbound – An Introduction to Creative Process,” “Grundbog for Art Directors” (Danish) and “The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker.” Dorte is Chairman of Creative Circle, the Danish society for the creative industries.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Creativity and is busy authoring future publications.

Molly Holinger

Early-Bird

Molly Holinger
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Molly Holinger is our communications and social media associate. In addition to working with FourSight, she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on creativity at the University of Connecticut.

Her publications include the essays “The Creative Religion” in Stone Voices Magazine, “Why is Creativity in the Self Help Section?” in Big Questions in Creativity 2016 and the textbook Building Your Creativity (co-author). She has a Master’s of Science in Creative Studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, where she was a graduate assistant.

She was also a teaching and research assistant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Selcuk Acar, PhD

Finisher

Selcuk Acar, PhD
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Selcuk Acar, PhD, is our research lead at FourSight. He is also an assistant professor and the coordinator of leadership minor program at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. His research and teaching interests include creativity, leadership, and gifted education.

He earned his Ph.D in educational psychology from the University of Georgia, where he studied creativity, divergent thinking, and the education of the gifted and talented. Before that, he received his M.A. in gifted education from Istanbul University, Turkey.

He studied leadership skills of the gifted students in his master’s thesis. Dr. Acar presented his research at the major conferences and published many of them in the peer-reviewed journals. Most of his studies utilized quantitative methods and he is interested in applying advanced quantitative methods in his research.

FourSight assessment

Figure out where you naturally light up in the innovation process… Do you like to clarify? Ideate? Develop? implement? Some combination? With FourSight, individuals, teams or organizations can discover their problem-solving preferences. The ability to understand and leverage thinking styles is the first step toward achieving consistent breakthrough results.  sdfg

Figure out where you naturally light up in the innovation process… Do you like to clarify? Ideate? Develop? implement? Some combination? With FourSight, individuals, teams or organizations can discover their problem-solving preferences. The ability to understand and leverage thinking styles is the first step toward achieving consistent breakthrough results.  sdfg

Figure out where you naturally light up in the innovation process… Do you like to clarify? Ideate? Develop? implement? Some combination? With FourSight, individuals, teams or organizations can discover their problem-solving preferences. The ability to understand and leverage thinking styles is the first step toward achieving consistent breakthrough results.  sdfg

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We Incorporated

2013

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Raised Seed Round Funding

2014

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150+ Customers

2018

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Who uses FourSight?

FourSight has a proven track record of helping organizations large and small, on six continents. Thousands of corporate, educational and nonprofit clients use FourSight to get a simple, striking look at exactly where they excel and breakdown in the four distinct phases of the innovation process.

FourSight is for anyone who wants to improve their approach to solving problems creatively, including:

  • Corporate trainers
  • Leadership development centers
  • Executive education specialists
  • Independent consultants
  • Organizational development experts
  • Human resource specialists
  • Business schools

Our corporate and nonprofit clients include Amazon, IBM, Disney, Google, Kraft, Nike, HP, Coca-Cola, 3M, Intel, Nike, Mott’s, Kimberly-Clark, General Motors, Duncan Hines, Pfizer, Prudential, State Farm Insurance, CBC, BBC, Manulife Financial, Vodafone, the American Cancer Society, Fisher-Price, the Center for Creative Leadership, Royal Bank, Johnson & Johnson, USBank, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, United Way and the State University of New York. Find out what users say here.