The Challenge Intervention is a process of bringing assumptions to the surface by challenging them. It can be used in any workshop where the group seems to be repeating itself or running in a rut.
To challenge assumptions around any topic, to allow deliberate and conscious action
Select all or part of the problem domain that you are going to challenge. Perhaps it is something that has been particularly difficult to be creative around. Make a statement about this.
Find something to challenge the statement and question it deeply. You can challenge many things, including:
* Concepts - and broad ideas
* Assumptions - and beliefs that are not questioned
* Compromises - that you assume must happen
* Boundaries - across which you do not yet cross
* Operations - and processes whereby things get done
* 'Impossible' - things that are assumed cannot happen
* 'Can't be done' - things that are assumed cannot be done
* 'Essentials' - things that you assume cannot be disposed of
* Either-or thinking - replacing with 'and' thinking
* Sacred cows - that cannot be challenged
* Patterns - of behavior, visuality, etc.
* Functions - the way things work
* Paradigms - that guide thinking (and not thinking)
* Dominant ideas - that guide thinking
* Polarizing tendencies - that push people to extremes