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Brain Purge

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Goal

To generate a lot of ideas in a short period of time. Brain Purge can be used as an intervention also when a group has run out of ideas in an idea generation session.

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Materials

  • Depending on the size of the group something like 10 - 20 cards per person. Cards should be the size of a half sheet of paper (A5 or 81/2 x 51/2"). Have at least one marker per person. Blue or black markers are best.

Instructions

Before

Time needed: 2 minutes

Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: Facilitation skills required

During

Explain the process to the group.

Steps

1. Give each person 10 cards and one marker.

2. Ask people to not talk during the exercise and that they put one idea per card.

3. Ask the participants to write down one idea on a card and pass it to the person on their right.

4. Ask them to read the card they just received. They can do one of three things. They can add ideas to the card. If they disagree, they can write a counter idea on a new card. Or they can create a new card. Then pass their work to the person on their right.

5. Keep the process going for about 10 minutes.

6. Process the cards by either selecting from them or clustering them into categories or both.

Background

Derived from: Suggested by Silviya Beloshinova, a university student at Hanze University, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Recognizable components: This is similar to Brain Writing.

References: This is similar to Brain Writing.

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