IAF Methods

Brain Writing

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Goal

To generate divergent ideas by using other's ideas to trigger them.

Attachments

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Materials

  • Sheets of paper and pens, flip charts, markers

Instructions

Before

Setting: for larger groups tables of 5 or 6 people each is better.

Pre-Work Required: The focus question and the instructions to the participants need to be clear.

During

1. Hand out sheets of paper.
2. Ask people to put the focus question at the top of the sheet
3. Each person is to write 3 ideas on the sheet of paper.
4. Each person passes their sheet to the person on their right.
5. Each person reads the sheet and writes 3 new ideas on the new sheet.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the sheets have come back to the orginal writer.
Note. The same process can be done by having one flip chart sheet of paper hanging on the wall for each participant. The participants then move from sheet to sheet.

After

Follow-Up Required: Process the ideas generated.

Usual or Expected Outcomes: One list of ideas per participant

How success is evaluated: lists of divergent ideas

Background

Derived from: unknown

History of Development: unknown

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