This is basically a warm-up exercise used to get a group's thinking in creative ways.
The group experience excitement about developing new ideas. This is used as an intervention when a group is blocked in creating new ideas.
BeforePre-Work Required: Random words can be selected ahead of the workshop.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): No specific skills required
1. Remind the group what the topic is and that this exercise is a way of warming up our creative processes. This is a bit like an sports person warms up before engaging in their sport.
2. This exercise will use a series of random words.
1. Generate a word. Put that word in the centre of a white board or flip chart.
2. Generate 3 more words. Place them around the central word.
3. Divide into 3 groups and assign each of the 3 words to a group.
4. Each group is to take their word say how their word adds to, changes, expands, develops or further brings forward the first word.
5. Ask each team to report.
6. Reflect on each of the reports.
7. Do a second round with 9 words (three for each of the original three words)
8. Repeat the process.
Go to the idea generating workshop.
1. There are a number of ways of generating random words, such as using a Thesaurus ask for 2 numbers. The first number is a page number and the second is the number of the word on the page.
2. This is the same method as Different Directions but used in a differend way.
Follow-Up Required: The actual creativity session.
Source: Edward De Bono
Derived from: This is based on Edward De Bono's : Different Directions in How to Have Creative Ideas (2007) London: Vermillion.