Karen Gadd

Karen Gadd
As the founder of Oxford Creativity, Karen has been teaching TRIZ for twenty years in companies such as ABB, Airbus, BAE Systems, Bentley, Borealis, BNFL and many more. Karen has selected and trained all the Oxford Creativity workshop leaders and developed all the Oxford Creativity materials. She is also the author of the world renowned book, 'TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving'.
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How to Deal Efficiently with Anything - Even Annoying Partners & Colleagues!


Posted by Karen Gadd on 1 Jun 2021 In Relationships, Online learning

When I remarked to my husband that the whole Oxford Creativity team were working very hard, his (extremely annoying!) response was "work smart not hard". After 44 years of marriage I know such infuriating comments need logical reactions, so I calmly pointed out that TRIZ delivers the ultimate world beating way of ‘working smart’

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The Two Ways to Learn Oxford TRIZ Online and Why you Might Need Both


Posted by Karen Gadd on 12 May 2021 In Insider, Online learning

There are two ways to learn the fundamentals of Oxford TRIZ online. Both take about 10 hours - Oxford TRIZ Live Fundamental Problem Solving, takes place over 5-days and Oxford TRIZ Fundamentals eLearning can be taken at your own pace and in your own time.You can learn with one or even better both for a perfect blended learning package

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Why the Post Covid World needs Innovative Thinking


Posted by Karen Gadd on 12 Apr 2021 In TRIZ, Coronavirus

The new reality – our new post Covid world will be different in good and bad ways. What we see as the new good will depend on our circumstances and experiences. But whatever our past we all need to contribute to the best possible future; this will need clarity of options and ways to recognise and agree solutions which we can all implement and benefit from - all of which TRIZ can provide.

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Can I learn TRIZ through eLearning?


Posted by Karen Gadd on 15 Mar 2021 In

Yes you can!

Oxford TRIZ eLearning offers a whole new and convenient way to learn, revise and hone essential problem-solving skills and genius thinking tools. With eLearning you can learn at your own pace and at times that suit you, efficiently enabling you to pick up and practice the principal TRIZ toolsThis logical extension and addition our to all online training and problem solving will help everyone get up to speed fast to tackle new challenges and tough problems.  But how exactly does it work?

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5 Ways COVID-19 has Changed how we Teach TRIZ


Posted by Karen Gadd on 19 Jan 2021 In OxfordTRIZLive, Pandemic, Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic has greatly changed all of our lives, for both the better and the worse, over the past year. Certainly Oxford Creativity is a very different, and we hope much better,  organisation than it was 12 months ago. Here are five ways the past year has changed the we teach TRIZ.

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Ideality Check - Which Covid Vaccine Scores Highest?


Posted by Karen Gadd on 15 Dec 2020 In Research, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Ideality

There are three coronavirus vaccines that are currently in the process of being launched and made available to as many people as possible, as soon as possible. All of which claim to have about 90% effectiveness in preventing coronavirus, from early data clinical trials. We will need many vaccine options, but which one comes out best according to TRIZ? 

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Invention is not by chance, but by design...


Posted by Karen Gadd on 21 Aug 2020 In

Hero Inventors knew how to invent – learn to emulate their certainty with TRIZ

Globally and historically, invention, innovation and uncovering new knowledge are wrongly portrayed as random and subject to lucky chance. This represents over two thousand years of fake news (I blame Archimedes).

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Defend against the new global colonialism


TRIZ – the Lodestar/Compass/GPS for Invention & IP success to build & keep your territory

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Pandemic Productivity


Newton was in lock down when his theory of gravity / laws of physics became clear to him – he had been sent back to his family home from Cambridge because of a plague outbreak. It was thought that the overworked postgraduate needed the break from teaching and research to allow time and peace to do their work on his brain and thoughts.

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Engineer’s efficient wooing & winning of wife using Oxford TRIZ


Thinking clearly and coherently is one of the most important skills TRIZ delivers. This applies in all situations even when your brain may not be the organ driving your behaviour – when your heart takes over then you need TRIZ logic and clarity even more than before.

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