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Lotus blossom

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The lotus blossom method is a creativity exercise. It is a framework for idea generation, starting from one central theme. Eight conceptual themes grow out from the main theme and each of them are used as central theme to generate 8 more themes. Explore!

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Goal

Generate a big number of ideas quickly. Using the first 8 ideas as basis can help to expand these ideas further.

Attachments

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Materials

    Instructions

    1. Draw a square in the middle of your paper and write down the central theme in it.

    2. Think of 8 related ideas and write them around the square using a new square for each.

    3. Take each of the 8 previous themes and create 8 new themes around it. Write them in new squares.

    4. Blossom as far as you think is relevant.

    NOTE

    Be free in thinking, don’t restrict yourself to anything.

    OUTPUT

    A map of different ways to explore an idea.

    NEXT

    Filter the ideas to see which ones are useful.

    Background

    Source: MediaLAB Amsterdam

    REFERENCE

    Michalko, Michael. "Thinkpak: A Brainstorming Card Deck" CA: Ten Speed Press, pg 2 (1994): 384./

    
VANGUNDY, Arthur B. 101 activities for teaching creativity and problem solving. John Wiley & Sons, 2008./

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