IAF Methods

Analogy Brainstorm

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Part of a workshop to break loose the thinking of the group. This can be used as an intervention when the group needs a boost when brainstorming.
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Goal

To use analogies as a basis of generating ideas

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Materials

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Instructions

Before

Setting: allows small group work

Types of participants: They need to be a little playful

Time needed: 3 - 6 min.

Ideal conditions: The group has a high need to generate creative ideas

Pre-Work Required: Think through possible categories of analogies to use in the brainstorm

Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: There needs to be a high level of trust.

Facilitator personality fit: Able to be playful


During

1. State the focus question clearly and check to see that the participants understand it.

2. Divide the group into sub-groups/

3. Assign each sub-group an category of analogy to brainstorm from.

Examples of analogies are
--- a) What famous person is this issue like? i.e. Carly Fiorina of HP, Steve Jobs of Apple, Mahatma Gandhi or Bill Gates of Microsoft.

--- b) How would nature deal with the issue such as ants, weather, or an ecosystem?

--- c) How would an other type of organization deal with the issue such as a monastery, the Mafia, a University, the military, etc.?

4. Give the groups time to brainstorm.

5. Have them report.

6. Reflect on the insights that the exercise has brought out.

After

Follow-Up Required: A convergent exercise to process the ideas.

Usual or Expected Outcomes: a list of ideas that are quite divergent from each other

Potential pitfalls: It can fail if the group is not willing to take a few risks.

How success is evaluated: Divergent ideas

Background

Derived from:

History of Development: unknown

Alternative names: Metaphors for ideas

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  • This requires careful thinking through ahead of time to ensure that there are some possible analogies to the particular issue within the suggested categories. Otherwise it could be really frustrating.

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