Council of What If

 Council of What If

An idea-driven, design-centered consulting team of young people benefiting organizations.

The Council of What If provides fresh, energetic strategies to organizations with a consulting team of altruistic, creative, innovative experts: TomTod Ideas students. Alumni of TomTod Ideas programming in grades 7-12 form a design-centered, idea-driven team that collaborates with local businesses and organizations to solve problems, harness productive creativity, and discover new insights that benefit organizations. Young people bring distinct perspectives and imaginative possibilities to the business and nonprofit world, and the Council of What If unleashes those collaborative possibilities by design.

TomTod Ideas alumni make a creative ruckus with design thinking, the ideation process, and imaginative innovation to burst through the problems organizations face.

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WHO: Students in 7th-12th grade having previously participated in Camp What If, What If You Could, and/or What If 101.

WHAT: Students hone their problem-solving abilities with design thinking and the ideation process and form a consulting team to help businesses and organizations solve problems, harness creativity, and discover new approaches to work and productivity. Students will undergo 4 training sessions in October and November. Starting in December, students will undergo 1 training session and consult as a team with organizations once a month.

WHEN: Training kicks off Monday, October 3, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Council operates from October 2016 through mid-May 2017.

WHERE: Training kickoff is at the TomTod Ideas office in the Main Stark County District Library in downtown Canton. We’ll also meet at various places around the Canton area; see below for training dates and locations.

COST: Free!

DEADLINE: Applications due September 9, 2016. Space is limited.


Council of What If training sessions are 2 hours each on the following dates:

  • October 3, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. meeting at the TomTod Ideas main office
  • October 19, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Avenue Arts Marketplace 324 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton, OH 44702
  • November 9, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Malone University – Centennial Center Room 107, 2600 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton, OH 44709.  Building #11 on the campus map.
  • November 21, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at SoL Harris/Day Architecture 6677 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720


Students form a consulting team and meet with businesses and organizations in the Stark County area. The Council of What If uses the power of these young minds to consult with businesses and harness the creative expression, distinct perspective, and imaginative possibility that young people uniquely possess to make organizations thrive.

Initial training happens through November. Then, students on the Council consult with an organization once a month. The Council will also have continuing training sessions as a team once a month until mid-May, 2017.