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Collective Notebook

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This is a tool for brainstorming individually between meetings

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Additional info

Goal

To encourage idea generation within an organisation

Attachments

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

Materials

  • Notebooks

Instructions

Before

Pre-Work Required: Each participant is provided with a notebook (by the co-ordinator) describing the course of action and giving a broad problem statement. The notebook also contains some suggestions for generating ideas, such as: - Transformation methods (reverse, expand, minimise) - Exploration methods (listing problem characteristics or similar problems) - Seeking remote associations (random stimuli from all five senses; unusual properties of other substances).

During


  • Every day, for one month each participant writes one idea in the notebook.
  • At regular periods during the month, participants are given further related information from the experts, the literature and colleagues.
  • After four weeks, the participants present a brief written summary, giving:
    • Their best idea to solve the problem
    • Ideas for further investigations that might help solve the problem
    • Any completely new ideas about issues unconnected to the problem.
  • The notebooks are collected (by the co-ordinator), where the ideas are categorised and summarised.
  • Participants can then view all the notebooks and the co-ordinator's report, after which there may be a general group discussion.


After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: A key advantage is that since the idea generation is extended over several weeks, the opportunity for incubation and exposure to a wide range of stimuli is readily available

Background

Source: VanGundy, John Haefele of Proctor and Gamble

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  • Not exactly facilitation, but may be helpful for introverts.

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