Brain Writing

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Identification
Level of process: 
Method
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
To generate divergent ideas by using other's ideas to trigger them.
Used as component of: 
This is an idea generating process
Optimal amount of time needed: 
20 - 30 min.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
one list of ideas per participant
Level of participation: 
high
How is success evaluated: 
lists of divergent ideas
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Standard
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
any
Setting and Materials: 
for larger groups tables of 5 or 6 people each is better.
Resources Needed: 
Sheets of paper and pens
Pre-Work Required: 
The focus question and the instructions to the partipants need to be clear.
Procedures: 

1. Hand out sheets of paper.
2. Ask people to put the focus question at the top of the sheet
3. Each person is to write 3 ideas on the sheet of paper.
4. Each person passes their sheet to the person on their right.
5. Each person reads the sheet and writes 3 new ideas on the new sheet.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the sheets have come back to the orginal writer.
Note. The same process can be done by having one flip chart sheet of paper hanging on the wall for each participant. The participants then move from sheet to sheet.

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
Process the ideas generated.
Background
Developer: 
unknown
Derived from: 
unknown
History of Development: 

unknown

References: 
none
License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
Suppliers
Creators: 
Trainers: 
Namesort descending City Country
CFI Syllab Inc. Montreal Canada
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
Learning Matters Singapore Singapore
mind@work Den Haag Netherlands
worksmarts Tuckahoe United States
Consultants: 
Namesort descending City Country
CFI Syllab Inc. Montreal Canada
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
Learning Matters Singapore Singapore
mind@work Den Haag Netherlands
worksmarts Tuckahoe United States
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