Tim Hurson

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Occupation Writer, speaker, consultant
Founding partner, ThinkX Intellectual Capital
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Tim Hurson (born 1946) is a speaker, writer and creativity theorist living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in New York City, USA. He is now a Canadian citizen. He was educated at The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, and went to college at Oberlin College in Ohio. [1]


Hurson was a founding partner of Manifest Communications, a company focussed on social change strategy. He was its president until selling the company in 1996. [2] After working independently for several years, he became a founding partner of ThinkX Intellectual Capital. [3]

Hurson developed a problem-solving technique known as the ThinkX Productive Thinking Model, a six-step process that builds on the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process, combining it with more rigorous engineering-based techniques such as IDEF. [4]

Hurson is a founding director of Facilitators Without Borders, a faculty member of the conference of the Creativity European Association. [5] and co-founder of Mindcamp. He is a founding board member of Oberlin College's LaunchU Entrepreneurship bootcamp. [6]

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    - "Tim Hurson". Speaker's Spotlight. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
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  6. "Mindcamp". Mindcamp. Retrieved 13 December 2009.

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