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False Rules technique

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Using improbable rules or limits as a stimulus to illuminate a different way to do things

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Goal

To come up with new solutions to a problem

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Materials

  • a false rule as stimulus

Instructions

Overview:

"A probortunity can take any form: challenge, question, mystery, concern, problem, puzzle, difficulty or opportunity. Probortunity is an all inclusive word to describe something you want to improve or change for the better."

To generate new ideas using this method you apply rules to your own probortunity which have already been applied to a different subject but which have not yet been applied to your own. You are taking a rule, quote, idea or suggestion from somewhere else and applying it to your own situation. It is known as a "false" rule because the rule has not been considered as valid before. By getting a false rule and forcing yourself to use it, you find yourself thinking about doing things in a different way than you would normally.

The first thing you need is the false rule itself as the initial stimulus. You can get this from various places, such as rule books for sports or games, instruction manuals, books, or dedicated brainstorming software.

Establish a set of ideas based on this stimulus.

Then use this idea as a bridge between the stimulus and a valid idea which you could actually use to solve your probortunity. The false rule is a stimulus for your new ideas.

Steps:

Once you have got a false rule, there are many ways of using it, including:

1. Directly apply the rule to your current probortunity or situation to see where it leads you and to see if you get some ideas from it.

2. Look at the reason why the rule exists and seeing if you need something similar or asking yourself whether a similar principle could be used.

3. Look at the benefits of using the rule or the principle of it. Why was the rule created? What does it mean to follow the suggestion?

Background

 "A probortunity can take any form: challenge, question, mystery, concern, problem, puzzle, difficulty or opportunity. Probortunity is an all inclusive word to describe something you want to improve or change for the better."

Probortunity - Ian Harvey MC, Trainer, Speaker, Entertainer

www.ianharvey.com.au/images/adminimages/gallery/.../17s_Probortunity.pdf



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  • This can be used to unblock thinking about a problem.

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