Different Directions Interventions

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Identification
Intent or purpose: 
When a group is blocked in creating new ideas this to generate a number of different directions, ideas or actions can take. The group experience excitement about developing new ideas. This is used as an intervention when a group is blocked in creating new ideas.
Used as component of: 
This is basically a warm-exercise used to get a group's thinking in creative ways.
Recommended size of group: 
1-10
11-25
Remarks about group size: 
10 - 25
Optimal amount of time needed: 
30-60 minutes
Howto
Level of participation: 
high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Pre-Work Required: 
Random words can be selected ahead of the workshop.
Procedures: 

Context
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.

Steps
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.

Conclusion
Go to the idea generating workshop.

Notes
1. There 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.

How flexible is the process?: 
Pretty
Follow-Up Required: 
The actual creativity session.
Background
Developer: 
Edward De Bono
Derived from: 
This is based on Edward De Bono's : Different Directions in How to Have Creative Ideas (2007) London: Vermillion.
Selected publications: 
009191048X
References: 
Edward De Bono's : Different Directions in How to Have Creative Ideas (2007) London: Vermillion.
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