2024 October: DaVinci and the 40 Answers


It all began with Genrich Altschuller: (1926 – 1998)

In his study of hundreds of thousands of patents, Altschuller determined there are only about 1,500 basic problems. And each of these can be solved by applying one or more of the 40 universal answers. That’s right. Every answer to every problem is found within the 40 Principles of TRIZ. Originally created to solve engineering and design problems, the 40 Principles of TRIZ are now being successfully applied to social issues and business dilemmas.

Was Leonardo da Vinci instinctively using the 40 Answers of Genrich Altschuller’s TRIZ?
Come and decide for yourself.

The legendary curiosity of Leonardo da Vinci was horizontal, not vertical. Lenny looked for the pattern, the connectedness of things. He never studied narrow and deep. Would you like to learn to see the world as he did?

In this 2-day class you’ll be taught how to apply the 40 Answers to every problem you face.

We’ll teach you to see through the eyes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Buckminster Fuller, Genrich Altschuller and the other giants of innovation who rocked our world. We may even have a chance to peer into the magical world of our Nobel laureate friend, Dr. Kary Mullis, as he invents the antidote to bio-terrorism. Then we’ll look at the ancient rivalry of Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince, and Baltasar Gracian, the anti-Machiavellian author of The Art of Worldly Wisdom.

You’ll return home from this class with 40 Universal Answers, a series of specific techniques and perspectives that will give you the ability to ‘think outside the box’ at the snap of your fingers. In short, you’ll be handed the keys to innovation.

These are powerful tools you’ll use for the rest of your life. You’ll become widely known as the person who can always find a solution. There’s no end to what you can do with this knowledge.

This is a class for the curious.

Cost is $4,000
Acadgrads (anyone who has graduated
from any other course offered by Wizard Academy)
receive a 50 percent discount.

This class is taught by Mark Fox and Daniel Whittington.
(Among his many accomplishments, Mark was chief engineer on the space shuttle project.)

Student Lodging

Wizard Academy has on-campus lodging featuring 16 bedrooms with various features. When you purchase your class, you’ll choose between:

On-Campus – You’ll be assigned a room in one of the following…

  • Engelbrecht House – 14 private en-suite rooms surrounding a shared courtyard and a large kitchen.
  • Lost Boys Cabins – 2 cozy A-Frame cottages with just enough room for a queen bed, bathroom with shower and a pot of coffee.

Tuition Only – Choosing this option means that you will be responsible for providing your own lodging during class.