IAF Methods

Random Stimulation Brainstorm

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Random Stimulation is a technique to generate divergent ideas in a workshop
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Goal

To generate divergent ideas by the facilitator suggesting areas to think about the topic of the workshop

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Materials

  • Flip charts for each group and markers

Instructions

Before

Setting: The participants are working in small groups in the same room. There is a flip chart for each group.

Number of participants: 26-50

Types of participants: any

Time needed: 3 - 6 min.

Ideal conditions: working in small groups in the same room

Pre-Work Required: The focus question needs to be thought through. The facilitator needs to think through what concepts will be used to stimulate the thinking of the groups.

Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: Standard

Facilitator personality fit: any


During

1. State the focus question.
2. Individuals begin brainstorming ideas about the focused question.
3. After approximately 10 minutes the facilitator suggests that the participants think about a different dimension of the question. For example the might say something like "What about the technical aspects of the question?" "What about the financials?" What about the human aspects of the problem?" etc.

After

Follow-Up Required: Process the ideas

Usual or Expected Outcomes: list of divergent ideas

How success is evaluated: lists of divergent ideas

Background

Derived from: unknown

History of Development: unknown

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  • A simple way to encourage diverse ideas. The facilitator needs to ensure that the different dimensions they elicit are comprehensive, so that the process is not driving the group to specific results.

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