Thesaurus Browsing

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Identification
Level of process: 
Method
Intervention
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
This is a creativity technique using the thesaurus as a resource.
Used as component of: 
Any workshop that is stuck can use this method as a way of generating ideas.
Types of Participants: 
Any
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
6 or more minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
a long list of ideas that are related to the orginal idea.
Level of participation: 
high
How is success evaluated: 
new ideas are generated.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
any
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
any
Setting and Materials: 
Several thesaurus are needed preferably one per person or computers with internet access with a connection to thesaurus.com.
Resources Needed: 
Flipcharts, thesauruses, markers, paper and pencils
Pre-Work Required: 
none
Procedures: 

<b>Process</b><br><br>
You can do this with a hard copy of Roget's Thesaurus or by visiting Thesaurus.com.<br><br>
Start with a word describing some aspect of the issue under consideration, look it up in the Thesaurus and see what other words are mentioned.<br><br>
Make a note of any promising words and phrases and let them point you to other sections of the Thesaurus. <br><br>
At the end of your browsing session you will have a long list of words and phrases that can then be explored in more depth.
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How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
The ideas need to be explored in greater depth and/or processes.
Background
Developer: 
unknown
Derived from: 
All Known Idea Generating methods Researched by Martin Leith
Epistemological Framework: 
unknown
History of Development: 

unknown

References: 
http://www.ideagenerationmethods.com/methods/thesaurus-browsing.html
License Model: 
Open
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