To generate a number of different directions an idea or action can take and to experience excitement about developing new ideas.
- a random word generator such as a thesaurus or a home made one.
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 a sports person warm 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 center 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.
Continue with the idea generating workshop.
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.
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.