The Circle of Opportunity

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Identification
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Method
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Intent or purpose: 
To force relationships between attributes that are randomly created and selected and to experience the process of moving away from standard ways of thinking.
Used as component of: 
Creativity session
Types of Participants: 
any
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
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Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Creative solutions to a problem
Level of participation: 
High
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Resources Needed: 
White board, flip chart and markers
Pre-Work Required: 
Have a stack of cards with pictures or a dictionary to generate random ideas.
Procedures: 

<b>Context</b><br>
1. This is a variation of the Analogy Brainstorm.<br>
2. This will take 30 to 60 minutes.<br>
3. It is possible to use creativity warm-up exercise like Mr. Peanut, The Expert Game or Brain Gym.
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<b>Steps</b><br>
1. State the challenge <br>
2. Draw a circle and number it 1 through 12 like a clock.<br>
3. Generate more than 12 attributes (this can be done using cards with pictures, selecting random words from a dictionary, brainstorming, etc.). <br>
4. Select 12. And place them next to the numbers. <br>
5. Roll a pair of dice two times one for each of the attributes. Any time doubles (two 2?s or two 4?s) appear twice in a row the second number is one (otherwise there would never be a one.)<br>
6. Discuss the two attributes individually and as a pair. List associations that come to mind.<br>
7. Search for a link between the associations and the challenge.

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<b>Conclusion</b><br>
Move to a idea processing method.
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How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
A idea processing method
Background
Developer: 
Michael Michalko
Derived from: 
This was suggested by a student of Facilitation at the Hanze University of Applied Science, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Selected publications: 
1580087736
References: 
Mycoted. (2008) ?Circle of Opportunity? created by Michael Michalko in his book Thinkertoys. Retrieved from http://www.mycoted.com/Circle_of_Opportunity on 8 June 2008.
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