Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP, DLA
creative thinking – creativity – creative problem solving – creative thinking consultant – creativity consultant – creative thinking speaker


The following are a variety of recommendations from clients, colleagues, participants in programs and friends.

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presenter at creativity conferences

CPSI, ACA, ACRE, CREA, ACE, Dow, Greenwich University, Mindcamp and other annual creativity conferen

“I’ve known Alan for more than a decade; we ran into each other repeatedly at conferences on creativity and innovation. I’ve had Alan to present at seminars in Denmark at several occasions, including at Novo Nordisk and at the Danish Initiative for Creativity & innovation. His highly interactive workshops are true eye-openers for the dimensions of creativity – thinking processes, personality, tools etc.

Arne Stjernholm Madsen, Innovation Management Partner, Novo Nordisk A/S” February 16, 2010

Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative

1st Arne Stjernholm Madsen
hired Robert”Alan”Black as a Speaking / facilitating in 2001, and hired Robert”Alan”Black more than once


“I heard about Alan long before I ever even met him. He was one of the venerable creative gurus who was always at CPSI, the creativity conference I attend every year. I was told that his sessions were a must — not only for the creative wisdom he imparted, but also his wry sense of humor. I was not disappointed. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Alan better over the past year, and I am amazed by his endless pursuit of and passion for bringing creativity into our lives. He is tireless in his efforts to bring new faces into the creative community, and is a true crusader for the creative cause.” November 15, 2008

1st Susan NewhouseCreativity Conference Presenter, Various
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black at CPSI, ACA, ACRE, CREA, ACE, Dow, Greenwich University, Mindcamp and other annual creativity conferences.


“Alan is an amazing creative force and teacher. His unique perspective from traveling the world and many years of living creatively make him a fantastic presenter, author and teacher. I’m proud to know him as a friend and associate.” October 14, 2008

1st Porter PooleOwner, WOW! Solutions, inc.
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black at Cre8ng People, Places & Possibilities


“Dr. Alan Black is ubiquitous in the applied creativity community. Wherever people gather to celebrate creativity via conferences, workshops, special projects, or to support associations dedicated to creativity, there you will also find Alan. He is always involved knee-deep and is an iconic leader. That’s perhaps because he truly lives the creative life — Just ask him about his resume/life story, undoubtedly inspired, in large measure, by his beloved mentor, Paul Torrance.” August 26, 2008

1st Doug StevensonPrincipal, All Creation, The Innovise Guys, Binge-Thinkers, Moose Brains
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black at Cre8ng People, Places & Possibilities


“I have come across Alan’s work for several years, and I firmly believe he’s a fascinating consultant. As a participant of CPSI, I have had the chance to interact with him and truly appreciate his expertise as well as his marvellous attitude. I definitely recommend Alan and his work.” March 30, 2008

1st Matti HemmiManaging Partner, inKNOWation
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black at Cre8ng People, Places & Possibilities

Extending and Applied Imagination Forum Coordinator

CEF – Creative Problem Solving Institute

“I have know Alan for more than 30 years and always thought that he was one of the most energetic and dedicated people ever in the creativity and innovation business, If you ever have the chance to bring him into your organization don’t pass it up.” September 1, 2011

1st Lindsay CollierAuthor, Keynote Speaker and Squeezer of Organizational Thinking Juices, Creative Edge Associates
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black at CEF – Creative Problem Solving Institute


“Alan is a Colleague and good friend from the Creative Problem Solving Institute. We have worked together on several projects over the last 20 years at the Institute and I know him as a solid professional, excellent Leader, friend and a very caring person. I recommend Alan highly for any job he might seek as Teacher, Leader or Facilitator. He is an experienced World Traveler with much to share and give in anything he does.” February 12, 2010

1st Daniel VelascoColleague, CPSI
worked with Robert”Alan”Black at CEF – Creative Problem Solving Institute


“I’ve known Alan via our interactions at creativity conferences for the last 18 years. Alan has more creativity techniques than Hallmark has greeting cards. He’s a great guy to learn from and work with.” February 19, 2011

1st Bob Eckert, Life Member, Creative Education Foundation,
worked with Robert”Alan”Black


“Robert ” Alan” Black was the first person I spoke to on my first CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute) event in Buffalo USA in 2004. Alan was one of the three trainers in the Tools and Techniques program. My impressions of Alan by that time where the calmness he exposed. You would say ” so what” but digging deeper into Alan you discover behind this being cool calm and collectedness a magical world of creativity. Not only a master in designing dazzlingly beautiful flip-chart papers that rest forever in your mind but also the inexhaustible source of techniques he has in his backpack, gives you the insurance that you will get the job done when Alan leads your program. Alan plays with people in a very professional way to get them playing. He pushes you to borders of creativity that you never ever had thought of before. A personal opinion on Alan of which I think he is a very beautiful human being is about the way he’s always willing to help people that need help all around the world by using his broad network. And that his network is worldwide we can seen from his lovely travel reports. Alan has worked and still works with companies all around the world and I know that all of them where grateful for the help he offered. So don’t consider the option of hiring Alan as a keynote speaker, trainer or creativity facilitator. Do as he does: get the job done!!!” February 17, 2011

1st Sjra Puts, Communicatie, B/CFD,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“I met Alan through Athens Toastmaster’s Group. I have heard several of Alan’s speeches and recommend him highly. He is an exceptional speaker, very professional, and extremely creative.” January 28, 2011

1st Adele Gross, Owner, At Your Service Professional Organizing Services,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Robert Alan Black is both creative and courageous. He is more than willing to place himself in new situations and pave the way to new ideas. He has taught me that creativity is more than a process or way of thinking, it’s also a willingness to accept risk and move ahead in spite of it. Anyone who wants to experience creativity for themselves and their organization would do well to spend time with Alan Black.” March 2, 2010

1st Paul Johnson, General Manager, Shortcuts to Results LLC,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan and I have been on the faculty of several creativity events around the world. It has always been a fantastically rewarding experience just being around Alan. Alan captivates his audience with his knowledge, stories and energy. Keep it up Alan!” April 13, 2009

1st Rob Devine, Director, The Thinking Network,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan is a TONIC to any audience needing someone ‘serious’ to be funny and creative. His presentations are learning and laughter-filled. I have worked with Alan during numerous International Conferences and he is always a HIT!” January 6, 2009

1st Annie Coetzee, Public Speaking: Motivational; Master Trainer and Course Developer – Human Development, Creative Brain Management,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan – Robert “Alan” Black, its an energetic and natural thinker and creative leader. With wisdom and refined ideas, Alan becomes a great achhiever in his goals and duties. Easy going person, Highly recommended Marco Wong” December 8, 2008

1st Marco Wong, Creativity Manager, Vitro Capital Goods,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“I have worked with Alan Black in various venues for over 20 years. He is indeed a professional, a generous person and competent in the fields of creativity, innovation, public speaking, training and other disciplines as well. I recommend him without reservation. Bruce Baum” September 9, 2008

1st Bruce Baum, Professor, Buffalo State College,
worked with Robert”Alan”Black


“If you’re creative and in a creative occupation, you’re bound to have heard of Alan Black — he’s everywhere you look — speaking, writing, storytelling, teaching, you name it. For so many years, he’s been the go-to guy for inspiration, insights and, Lord knows, joy, laughter and good conversation. I became acquainted with Alan through his outstanding, seminal book, “Broken Crayons,” and I’ve long admired his wisdom, energy and spirit. Lately, I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know him on a personal level and am even more enchanted by his warmth, generosity and many talents. He’s truly a wizard and national treasure. Sam Harrison” June 15, 2008

1st Sam Harrison, Speaker, Author and Coach on Creativity-Related Topics, Ideas-Words-Actions,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan is a creative genius. He is constantly thinking about a wide range of topics. His mind is always moving and it is a delight to be around that movement. His wide range of knowledge is most stimulating and informative. If you haven’t had a chance to talk with Alan, you will want to do that and learn more about what he can do to help your group. Creativity is critical in today’s world. Alan Black can help you and your people to achieve the goals they have.” May 12, 2008

1st Terry Brock ~ Professional Speaker, Owner, Achievement Systems, Inc.,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan knows more about being creative than anyone I know.” May 6, 2008

1st Greg Vetter, Owner, Vetter Productivity Inc,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan, With enthusiasm and energy, Alan walks the walk of creativity.” April 24, 2008

1st Cheryl Nee-Gieringer, Principal & Founder, Corporate Creativity Training,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“Robert “Alan” Black is a very creative thinker and very good at inspiring and coaching others in the use of his methods for increasing personal and team creativity.” April 4, 2008

1st Simon Ford,
was Robert”Alan”Black’s client


“Alan is one of the most inspiring and creative people that I know. He taught me a lot of creativity techniques that I use regularly in my business.” April 2, 2008

1st Harry Thomas, Marketing Consultant, MarketingHat,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“I followed a few workshops. Alan gave them at CPSI with al lot of fun and energy. Very nice guy to talk with and he gives a lot of inspiration to his audiens. He knows a lot and want to share his knowledge with others!” April 1, 2008

1st Ida Spronk, Adviseur/ specialistisch medewerker, Rijkswaterstaat NZ,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black

“I have gotten to know Alan through Toastmasters. He is always an engaging speaker and very supportive of new members.” March 31, 2008


1st Alison Bracewell McCullick, Program Coordinator for Health Initiatives, University of Georgia,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan knows what he’s talking about! Yes, he’s funny, entertaining, and compelling, but unlike so many other presenters on the topic of creativity, he knows the research behind it. He can present the headlines AND he knows the full details to back it up. It’s possible that no one knows more about what’s behind creativity than Alan.” March 31, 2008

1st Jonathan Vehar, Sr. Partner, New & Improved, LLC,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan has been very helpful as a mentor. He has taken time from his busy schedule to offer me hints and tips that have proven to be invaluable as I continue along the path of developing my small business. He has also recommended several people for me to speak with as I completed my credentials as a Distinguished Toastmaster and member of The Southern Order of Storytellers.” March 30, 2008

1st Margaret Edinburgh, Owner, Rose Marje’ Creations,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“One look at Robert ‘Alan’ Black and you can see he has a great presence, when you speak with him you realise he is a fountain of knowledge through creativity. I know his creativity has helped many along their journeys and will continue to for many years. I always look forward to catching up with him.” March 30, 2008

1st Dennis Moore, Managing Director, The Circus of Life,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan and his skills came to my awareness through my associations with the Creative Skills Training Council of Australasia. Also, interestingly, through his enthusiastic approach and creative use of social networking as a method of promoting valuable skills and ideas into the global community. Alan has demonstrated to me a wonderfully forthright, “instant” manner where ideas and doing something are blended beautifully into creating a snowball of effect and pushing this forward. Although I have not known him a long time and we are separated by a pretty big body of water, I expect interesting developments in our relationship for the future.” March 30, 2008

1st Karen Marie Arvidsson, Director, Karen Dempster & Associates Creating Change,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“I worked with Alan when he was the volunteer coordinator of extending sessions at the Creative Problem Solving Institute in 2006. Alan was a very committed volunteer. He selected and scheduled several sessions per day for the duration of the week-long conference. He also managed the sessions on-site. In addition, I have known Alan for many years from my involvement with the Creative Education Foundation. He travels around the world to provide sessions at various international creativity events. I would recommend Alan for his dedication and enthusiasm in the field of creativity.” March 30, 2008

1st Crystal Potter, Program Manager, Creative Education Foundation,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan is one of the most prominent characters in the world of creativity. The first time I spoke with him, back in 2004 at CREA Conference, I was amazed by the number of countries he’d been to, people he had met and things he had done. Alan Black is truly someone who lives creativity and creativeLY. I suggest you to hire him or to simply sit together for a chat: there is always something to learn from this man.” March 30, 2008

1st Andrea Montuschi, Executive Director, CREA Italia,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan Black is a great friend and distant mentor. We met virtually and then physically at CPSI and other events. His contribution to the global discussion on creative thinking has helped shape my own direction, and I am sure that of many others. Whenever I seek answers or insights in the broad field of creative thinking, I can always get an immediate and considered response from Alan, whose knowledge seems endless. His willingness to share his experience and his gentle challenges to my thinking have provided me with real value, for which I am better off and very grateful.” March 29, 2008

1st Bill Jarrard, Founder, Mindwerx International,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan is an creative professional who has extensive experience working with individuals and groups to advance their thinking in the creative area. I worked with him when he lead a group of creative professional through new tools and techniques in the creative process. I found him to bring great insight and new thinking to the group.” March 29, 2008

1st Carol Franczek, President, InnoVenture Partners,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“I have known Robert since meeting him in 2005 at a Global Speakers Conference in Singapore. He travels the world speaking as he is a sought after professional speaker who I also represent on my books in Australia.” March 28, 2008

1st Debbie Carr APRCSA, Owner, Coyote Management International,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black


“Robert Alan Black is a genius in his field. Being 10, 20, 100 people or even more in the room, he can make every one 100% present, which is a rare ability. Alan is at the same time a very nice person to work with. We were very satisfied. I therefore highly recommend Alan ;-)” March 28, 2008

1st Suzanne Eis Benzon, Danish Art Design,
was Robert”Alan”Black’s client


“Alan is one of the most experienced and accomplished facilitators in the field of creativity. He brings a strong research background and draws on a wealth of hands on work with clients, to produce world class results…and he’s a pleasure to work with. I strongly reccommend him for getting the best ideas and solutions out of any group.” March 28, 2008

1st Dennis Stauffer, Owner, Insight Fusion, Inc.,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“Alan is the most engaging, fun and knowledgeable facilitator and trainer I have met, period. He understands human nature, understands how to motivate a group and teaches or produces results when all seems to be impossible. Alan makes the impossible, possible. I highly recommend him. Harry Vardis Center for Business Innovation Coles College of Business” March 28, 2008

1st Harry Vardis, Co-Director Center for Business Innovation, Coles College of Business,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“Robert Alan Black personifies the word ‘unique’. he is a creative genius who can translate conceptual creativity and inject it into the uncreative mind. We became friends through the National Speakers Association and I have had the priveledge and honor to have seen him perform. Robert does not teach anyone how to think outside the box…once you met him, he destroys the box forever. Anyone wanting a reference on Robert, call me. Jim Ziegler, CSP,HSG Professional Speaker” August 2, 2007

1st Jim Ziegler, CSP, HSG-4600+, Professional Speaker, Ziegler Dynamics, inc.,
worked directly with Robert”Alan”Black


“I have great respect for Alan’s work ever since I met him on the Global Speaker Summit in Singapore in 2005, where I also experienced him live in action in a workshop. Alan is a authentic and committed creativity coach who lives what he preaches. Moreover, Alan has extensive knowledge on the academic research on creativity due to his academic background and his Ph.D. in this knowledge domain.” August 24, 2006

1st Detlef Reis, Managing Director and Chief Ideator, THINKergy Limited,
was with another company when working with Robert”Alan”Black