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Posts under Brainstorming focus on helping create the ideal situation for brainstorming, including warm-ups and ice-breakers, creating the right atmosphere, and inviting and stimulating the creative mind. Check out Games & Exercises for specific tools. Also, feel free to use the Search bar to scan for relevant tags.

Online Collaboration Tools

Best Online Collaboration Tools

Online collaboration tools are improving every day. There are the obvious ones, and less common ones. This article isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list, but rather suggestions from facilitators
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make an idea

How To Make an Idea: The Master Recipe

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a recipe to make an idea? A recipe is valuable to a cook when preparing a meal. Its preciseness and instructions help prevent
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Being Empathetic (It’s Not About You)

A bumper sticker for Design Thinking might read “It’s not about you” to unscore the point that no one cares what you think. Too bad lots of people don’t think
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Best Brainstorming Tips in a Flash

Don’t have time to read a long post on creating ideas? If so, here are my best brainstorming tips, quick-snap. Stand up. If no time for a proper brief, gather
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How to Generate Names for Companies, Brands and Products

Arguably the most important corporate decision made about an organisation, its brands, products or services is its name. Built upon a strategic direction or a unique selling proposition, a good
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How To Break A Creative Block

Sometimes there’s nothing more scary than a blank page. The act of creating – an idea, a thing, a solution – is tough enough, but made worse when we also
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Introduction to Metaphors

Almost five years ago, I started this blog with the question “Which of these two coat hangers is more creative?” By comparing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the wire coat
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Mood Boards

Long a favourite of professional designers, mood boards are a curated collection of random images, words and textures brought into focus by a single reference point. They allow designers, creative directors and
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Is The Brainstorm Over?

A great article by Mike Brown from Brainzooming in the USA, this post outlines the 10 signs to look for to know if your brainstorm is finished.  Here’s the link
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Can Creativity Be Taught?

An interesting article about an evergreen question: Can creativity be taught? Here’s the rub. The question isn’t answered in this article from FastCompany, but all the same, author Evie Nagy
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Brainstorm Supplies

“Be prepared” is a mantra that stretches from Plato to Madame Curie to the Boy Scouts. It’s also relevant for brainstorm supplies. There’s nothing worse when your participants are ready
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What is a big idea?

What Is A Big Idea?

It’s one of the most common questions in creativity. What is a Big Idea? More so, what makes a Big Idea … well, a Big Idea? I often got the
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