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Creative Problem Solving: Invention of the Ice Cream Cone


The weather is warming up here in Amsterdam… We’ve had a week of sun and temperatures in the mid-70s.

It’s ice cream weather, which brings to mind creative problem solving and the invention of the ice cream cone.

In September 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes for serving his ice cream. He was going to have to close for the day until he acquired more dishes. However, his neighboring vendor, Ernest Hamwi, was selling fresh waffles and saw an opportunity. Hamwi rolled his waffles and offered it as a way to contain the ice cream – and the ice cream cone was born.

How are you ‘running out of dishes’ and what are potential solutions?

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