Brainstorming

Purpose

The purpose of a brainstorming session is to create as many ideas as possible within a certain timeframe.  It uses the constraint of time to enhance creativity, to get a lot of shortly described or sketched ideas. 

Accomodate participants who are not able to:

Pair up the participants to have them brainstorm in pairs instead of individually. This would still require one of the participants to be abled according to touch.

Another way is to have a helper note down for the participant. The participants should though still explain their own ideas to not feel excluded.

Pair up the participants to have them brainstorm in pairs instead of individually. This would still require one of the participants to be abled according to Hold.

Another way is to have a helper note down for the participant. The participants should though still explain their own ideas to not feel excluded.

Pair up the participants to have them brainstorm in pairs instead of individually. This would still require one of the participants to be abled according to sight.

Another way is to have a helper note down for the participant. The participants should though still explain their own ideas to not feel excluded.

If a participant feels excluded from the group pair up the participants to have them brainstorm in pairs instead of individually.

 

Depending on the ability being limited according to not being able to focus because of distractions or because of time crunch – either reduce time spent or increase the time spent for brainstorming.

Ideas can be both noted or drawn, suit it to the participant according to what they feel most comfortable with. be more observant here as a facilitator.

 

A translator can be used for presentation, or a written explanation can be read by a fellow participant. If a translator is not present make sure all ideas have a written explanation. 

 

A translator can be used for presentation, or a written explanation can be read by a fellow participant.

P

Input

Themes or problems that needs exploring
O

Output

Ideas
s

Complexity

Simple-Moderate

Time

14-30 min

No. of participants

2-10

Activity required

- Writing/drawing - Communicating - Listening - Focusing

Step by Step

 

1 Hand out post-its and pens to the participants. 4 Ask the participants to present their ideas to the rest of the group (5 – 10 min, depending on the amount of participants).
2 Provide the participants with an overall problem that they are going to brainstorm about. 5 Repeat step 3 and 4 as needed.
3 Ask the participants to brainstorm individually and sketch or note down as many ideas they can think of (3-5 min). 6 Use the ideas in another exercise for choosing and detailing.

When doing this method you should consider

Have a diverse group of people ideate as they have different viewpoints on solutions based on their experience.
Consider using larger post-its and thick pens
Use lighter colored post-its with dark pens
Make sure that all ideas are accepted no matter who presents them – All ideas are valid

Materials needed

Post-its
pens

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