Learn: Design Thinking Process
Share: Ideation Process {part 2}, or How I Came to Find Myself Doing Something Big

Share: Ideation Process {part 1}

The opportunity to share ideas among other participants of last month's Creative Courage Retreat offered great value to the overall process. (See Learn: Design Thinking Process for an overview of the process framework.)

When we got to the ideation stage, we sat quietly and independently to think of ideas—no holds barred—jotting each idea on one sticky sheet. As we thought and jotted, thought and jotted, co-facilitator Joan offered prompts to help keep us going. ("What would you do with all the money in the world?" for example.) Once we had used up our own brain power for generating ideas, we each posted our ideas in one section of the room. (As you see in the image of my wall below, I claimed the side of the fridge.)

project ideas - creative courage retreat - Heather Koshiol - LearnExploreShare.com

Next, we walked around to others' idea sections and added our ideas for their challenge on their wall. Sometimes I found I had nothing to add to another person's idea wall. Other times I did have ideas to add. Once or twice I read ideas on others' walls that I jotted down to add to my own wall.

(This is the stage of the process when my personal experience shifted completely ... but that's a story for another time.)

Before I sign off, I want to recommend a book about ideating that I read a several years ago (and that I mentioned in the past post Learn: Embrace Imperfection). The book is Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation by improv actor and business owner John Sweeney. Some key takeaways from the book:

  • accept all ideas without judgement
  • say "yes, and ..."
  • accepting an idea does not necessarily mean implementing an idea
  • change is fuel

How might collaborating add value to a challenge you're currently facing? What idea-generating processes have worked for you in the past? Share your thoughts and experiences here on the blog or over on the facebook community page

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P.S. If you weren't sure about joining us for tonight's in-person Vision Mapping Workshop in Northeast Minneapolis, there's still a seat open for you! (You can register online or in person.)

P.P.S. Out-of-towners, it's not too late to register for the Online Vision Mapping Workshop. I'd love for you to join in!


Update :: Continuing reading about the process here --> Share: Ideation Process {part 2}