IDEAS-Generate/Facilitate/Training

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Actually we are all seeking solutions!

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Ideas come first and most solutions need many ideas to make them truly work.

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Why might you need ideas or to learn how to facilitate strong idea sessions?

1. new perspectives

2. new directions

3. spark ideas in your staff

4. break the boxes you may be in

5. explore new possibilities

6. increase morale and staff involvement

7. solve more problems

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As an architect, graphics/signage designer, interior designer, freelance writer and cartoonist, television newswriter and weekend desk editor, college professor and as a speaker and consultant focused on the development of C,R,E,8,N,G! Communities from the front and read doors to the top floors of organizations I have been

1. generating ideas

2. facilitating the generation of ideas with clients

3. teaching people how to generate ideas and how to facilitation idea generation since 1960.

In the past 30 years of my involvement with the CREATIVITY MOVEMENT through presenting and attending many creativity conferences I have gathered a global network of colleagues: consultants, authors, researchers, professors and speakers who are also experts at generating ideas, facilitating idea generation and teaching of both sets of skills.

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I (Alan), and my various colleagues of CP3-Cre8ng People, Places & Possibilities around the globe are highly skilled idea generators, facilitators of idea generation sessions and trainers of people in how to generate ideas and facilitate idea generating sessions.

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We offer 3 services to our clients:

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I.  Idea generation for the client

II. Idea generation with the client (Facilitation)

III. Training of Idea Generation & Idea Session Facilitating.

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A Gross of Ideas

– 144 examples of how to increase ideas for helping your employees, teams, volunteers generate Ideas

Creative Thinking Tools & Techniques

we use a variety of thinking S.T.A.M.P.S. = Systems – Tools/Techniques – Approaches/Attitudes – Methods – Processes – Strategies to help clients and their people generate large quantity of ideas that are then narrowed down to produce the creative solutions they are seeking to solve their problems or create new products and services

Listed below are samples of some fun IDEA GENERATION sessions that were done using the internet world-wide.

Ideas by the Ton

Often on the internet I have challenged my cyberspace friends to develop 144 or more ideas in a short period of time. The ideas usually come from a dozen or more countries and we usually have hit the 144 mark within less than 24 hours. Here are a few collections of the ideas.

So far we have developed ideas, for fun, for…

  1. improved bank/credit union services
  2. winning against squirrels at bird feeders
  3. using a Barometer to measure a building
  4. protecting a rented parking spot
  5. ideas about how to generate ideas
  6. 1 + 1 = So Many Ideas

The ideas as collected are shared here for your amusement.

Here is a GROSS (144) Ideas of where, how, when to find, generate, create, discover ideas from existing to new to highly creative to breakthru ideas.

1            being the model for the nude drawing class

2            building a dog house

3            camping in a tent

4            camping in a trailer

5            camping under the stars

6            canoeing

7            canoeing over a waterfalls

8            canoeing thru white water

9            changing the words to a familiar song

10            chewing bubble gum

11            chewing rubber bands

12            cleaning out the garage, attic, closet

13            cleaning your bathroom

14            climbing a tree

15            cooking-following a recipe

16            creating a new meal

17            day dreaming while gazing at a globe

18            decorating your Christmas tree

19            diving into a pool

20            drinking alcohol

21            driving new roads

22            driving regular routes

23            dusting

24            eating in a new resaurant

25            eating your favorite ice cream flavor

26            enjoying a beverage

27            exploring a cave

28            exploring an art museum

29            exploring an history museum

30            finger painting

31            fixing your bicycle

32            floating in a swimming pool

33            floating in a vat of jello

34            gambling

35            gardening

36            gazing at the stars

37            going to a crafts fair

38            going to amusement parks

39            hanging laundry to dry

40            imagining a conversation with Da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Alexander

41            imagining that you are a super hero

42            in meetings….ha ha…almost never

43            just falling sleep

44            just waking up

45            laying a ceramic floor

46            learning another language

47            learning how to cartoon or caricature

48            learning Morse Code

49            learning something new

50            listening to records backwards

51            middle in the night waking you up

52            modeling clothes, things

53            painting a room

54            playing a musical instrument

55            playing board games with your kids

56            playing bridge

57            playing digital games

58            playing pinball games

59            reading Aesop Fables

60            reading backwards

61            reading greeting cards

62            reading magazines you don’t normally read

63            reading new books

64            reading old books

65            rewriting someone else’s poetry

66            riding a horse

67            riding on a airplane

68            riding on a bus

69            riding on a ferris wheel?

70            riding on a train

71            riding up a ski hill on a chair lift

72            riding your bicycle

73            rowing on a lake

74            running without a MP3 player

75            sailing

76            scuba on a reef

77            searching for meaning in every song on the Beatles White Album

78            shooting pool

79            sitting in a dentist chair

80            sitting on a camel

81            skydiving

82            sniffing glue

83            snorkeling on a reef

84            speaking a foreign language

85            speaking Pig Latin

86            spelunking (exploring caves)

87            spending time in nature

88            spending time looking at collectibles

89            studying people on the subway

90            taking a class on improv

91            taking nude drawing classes

92            touring a manufacturing plant

93            traveling to natural sites

94            visiting a day school

95            visiting a formal garden

96            visiting a library

97            visiting a research library

98            visiting Las Vegas

99            volunteering in a soup kitchen

100            waiting of a doctor’s appointment

101            walking a beach

102            walking across a bridge

103            walking backwards

104            walking in the woods

105            walking tight rope

106            walking up stairs

107            wall papering

108            wandering through a dollar store

109            wandering through a hardware store

110            wandering through Disney Land/World

111            wandering through toy stores

112            washing dishes

113            watching a Cir du Soleil show

114            watching a construction site

115            watching a magic show

116            watching a Star Trek Marathon

117            watching birds

118            watching children

119            watching fish

120            watching insects

121            watching movies

122            watching operas

123            watching plays

124            Watching television

125            watching TV with the sound off

126            watercolor painting

127            while at your desk…probably seldom

128            while doing the dishes or other simple tasks at home

129            while exercising

130            while in bath or shower?

131            while jogging

132            while riding, driving

133            while swimming

134            while walking

135            while working on something else

136            working on crafts

137            working on your car

138            working with your stamp collection

139            writing a mystery story

140            writing a song

141            writing an advertisement

142            writing articles about how you get, where you get ideas

143            writing poetry

144            writing your journal

Alan

creative thinking – creativity – creative problem solving – creative thinking consultant