IAF Methods

Thesaurus Browsing

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This is a creativity technique using the thesaurus as a resource. Any workshop that is stuck can use this method as a way of generating ideas.

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Goal

To generate ideas

Attachments

You will be able to upload attachments once after you create the method.

Materials

  • Flipcharts
  • thesauruses
  • markers
  • paper and pencils

Instructions

Before

Several thesauri are needed preferably one per person or computers with internet access with a connection to thesaurus.com.

During

Start with a word describing some aspect of the issue under consideration, look it up in the Thesaurus and see what other words are mentioned.

Make a note of any promising words and phrases and let them point you to other sections of the Thesaurus.

At the end of your browsing session you will have a long list of words and phrases that can then be explored in more depth.

After

The ideas need to be explored in greater depth and/or processes.


Background

Derived from: All Known Idea Generating methods Researched by Martin Leith

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