Enabling interaction; energizing and boosting idea generation during a session.
- Digital cameras
- Access to a printer
- (alternative: set of your own photos)
- Flipchart, pens
Setting: Give each participant a digital camera or provide one camera per pair/3s. Provide access to a printer.
You could provide a set of random photographs from your own collection, but it is preferable to get the participants/ teams to capture the images.
Participants work in pairs/ 3s or as a team. Get the subgroups to spend about 5 minutes outside of the immediate area, taking pictures of either unusual objects, or objects from unusual angles, the more bizarre the better.
Bring everyone back together and print the pictures. Each subgroup distributes their pictures to the other subgroups.
Each subgroup now uses their allocated pictures to create associations that occur to them and then use these associations for idea generation. At the end of the session you can either collect all of the ideas together by writing them onto flipcharts or you can ask the subgroups to list their own and display them for general perusal.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: This techniques uses Random Stimuli as an Excursion with the advantage that a challenge / competition can be thrown in. The humour generated from the unusual objects / angles also raises the energy levels of the group, along with the fact that they have been up and moving about.
Source: Brian Clegg and Paul Birch
Derived from: "Instant Creativity" by Brian Clegg and Paul Birch