Cartoon Thinking

How Cartoon Thinking Helps [Your Job Here]


How do you approach uncomfortable topics at work, or even in your personal or public life? Ideally you’d do it with the same creativity you apply to the work you enjoy. But anxiety, fear, and other negative feelings can trigger tunnel vision and brute-force, quick-fix thinking – which never results in anything good.

So how can you approach them? Funny as it may sound, like a cartoon. When you visually and playfully reframe issues as if you were thinking about them for a New Yorker cartoon, you vastly increase your chances of sparking real, actionable insights that people can come together over. Whether you’re trying to reimagine a sales strategy, restructure a payroll, or reframe the global debate about climate action, Cartoon Thinking can power real breakthroughs. Our presenters know, because they have, with those very real topics and more.

Come learn how in C3’s on-line program. No need to leave your home, and no drawing skills required. We will apply Cartoon Thinking to an absolutely impossible, totally uncomfortable, hot-button issue. And maybe, just maybe – with your help – we’ll hit upon an insight that could change the world. Regardless, you’ll definitely learn how to improve your own little corner of it with only pencil, paper, and an impish grin.

Cartoonist Collaborators

Emily Flake
Emily began cartooning for The New Yorker in 2008 and has had hundreds of cartoons published in the magazine since. Her cartoons, essays, and illustrations have also appeared in MAD, the New York Times, the New Statesman, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Globe and Mail, and in many other publications. She is author of the parenting classic, Mama Tried. Her most recent book is That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug. Emily also performs cartooning and comedy on NYC stages, teaches gag cartooning, and is the proprietress of St. Nell’s Humor Writing Residency for Ladies. Learn more at

Pat Byrnes
Pat is Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of The Drawing Board. With more than 40 years experience in creative disciplines spanning ad copywriting, illustration, comedy, voice acting, and aerospace engineering, he is best known for his cartoons in The New Yorker and other magazines. He has won National Cartoonist Society awards for both Gag Cartoons and Advertising Illustration. Learn more at

The Drawing Board
The Drawing Board has spent years connecting the dots between the neuroscience and the actual practice of creative thinking at the highest level: The New Yorker cartoonist level! With the help of regular business people in diverse disciplines, they are continually reverse-engineering that creative process to produce practical tools that help real people perform real tasks and gain deeper understanding and empathy in areas of ethics compliance, DEI, innovation, and team building. Learn more at

Cartoon Thinking
ZOOM On-Line Program
All in the comfort of your own home/office/play-space.

Thursday, April 13, 2023
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
$25 for C3 members
$35 for general public
$10 for students

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