IAF Methods

Boxes Introduction to Creative Problem Solving

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This can be used as an energizer or as an introduction to a creativity session.
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Additional info

Goal

To consider blocks to creative thinking and how they might be overcome and to experience the need to take different perspectives on a simple problem solving situation and to have fun with it.

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Materials

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Instructions

Before

Setting: Flipchart and markers

Types of participants: any

Time needed: 3 min.

Ideal conditions: Any workshop where creativity is needed to solve a problem.

Pre-Work Required: none

Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: Any

Facilitator personality fit: Any

Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): No specific skills required

During

Context

1. Today we will do a little exercise that will help us enhance our potential for generating creative ideas rather than getting stuck in familiar ways of thinking.



Steps
1. Draw 3 boxes on the board.

2. You can draw several (I don't know how many) square boxes that are divided into 4 shapes that are the same shape and the same size. Show some examples from the download file for this method.

3. Please draw squares on your sheet of paper and generate as many alternatives a possible.

4. After about 5 minutes stop the group and lead the following conversation.

a. Who thinks they have the most? Show them to the rest of the group.

b. Does anyone have more?

c. What makes it so difficult to come with many examples?

d. What is it that stops people from being creative?

e. What is the block to creativity in groups?

f. What are some ways a facilitator can deal with these blocks?



Conclusion

1. We now want to go into the next step.

After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: This is some fun and people are pretty positive at the end.

Potential pitfalls: This is not a creativity workshop; it is a way of getting people's thinking loose.

How success is evaluated: Some creative solutions are found.

Background

Derived from: unknown

History of Development: unknown

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  • Good for focusing thinking processes.

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    over 2 years ago