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Brainstorming

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Goal

To generate many ideas in a group setting

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Materials

    Instructions

    Before

    Setting: comfortable

    Time needed: 30 min. to 3 hours

    Ideal conditions: A psychologically safe environment:  The Alex Osborn Rules of Brainstorming are: - No criticism of ideas - Go for large quantities of ideas - Build on each others ideas - Encourage wild and exaggerated ideas

    Pre-Work Required: The focus question needs to be thought out clearly.

    During

    1. Ask individuals to first brainstorm 10 - 100 items (depending on the issue and the size of the group.
    2. Ask them to select their best answers, often from 3 to 10
    3 Collect the ideas, writing them where the group can see them
    4. Go to the processing part of the workshop

    After

    Follow-Up Required: processing the results of the brainstorm

    Usual or Expected Outcomes: lists of ideas beyond the standard answers that everyone knows already

    Potential pitfalls: Individuals should do their own brainstorm before the whole group gets it's ideas out otherwise there is a tendency toward group think

    How success is evaluated: Lots of unique ideas

    Background

    Source: Alex Osborn

    History of Development: 

    Applied Imagination, by Alex Osborn, originally published in 1953

    A great deal of discussion is taking place about the effectiveness of brainstorming. The term is used in a variety of ways in meetings.

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