Origin: Tony Buzan
Why: Stimulate creative thinking and allow ideas to evolve organically
When: As you want to unlock free association, embarking on idea generation, brainstorming, or problem-solving exercises
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- Frame the problem. Agree on the challenge or question you want to explore as a group. How Might We is a great way to frame the question.
- Distribute paper and pens to all participants and ask them to write the topic or question in the center of the paper.
- Give participants a Timebox of 10 minutes to write down anything that comes to mind on the topic.
- Consider following up with a Crazy Eights idea-storming to find solutions that fit your problem.
Tips to perfect this play
Master and adapt the play to fit your context and needs.
Tip: Radiate outward
Branching off your central idea. Use lines to connect ideas and help spur more thoughts.
Tip: Brain Dumping
The purpose is to let participants dump everything in the brain onto paper while letting associations naturally occur.
Tip: Forget about ideas
Let your mind wander and write down anything that comes to you.
Tip: Remove your filter
Don’t stop your line of thoughts, or you will circle around the same things. Write down all of your thoughts - even if it’s about what you are having for dinner. Write first, edit later.