Different Directions

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Identification
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Method
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
To generate a number of different directions an idea or action can take and to experience excitement about developing new ideas.
Used as component of: 
It is basically a creativity warm up exercise.
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
Resources Needed: 
a random word generater such as a thesaurus or a home made one.
Pre-Work Required: 
none
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
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.

How flexible is the process?: 
pretty
Follow-Up Required: 
The actual creativity session
File attachments: 
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Microsoft Office document icon differentdirections.doc40 KB
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.
License Model: 
Open
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