If we toss seeds on the hard-packed ground, the chances of them taking root and producing healthy plants are minimal. However, if we plough and till the ground (that is, mix it up, break it apart, make it “less” solid and more “loose”) the chances of a variety of seeds (both those we purposely sow and those that serendipitously fall) will find a way to grow in the loose soil.
In the same way, if we start a brainstorming session cold with a serious, uptight facilitator throwing out questions and problems to a stiff, conservative group, the chances of producing healthy ideas is minimal.
Enjoy these seven tips on how to loosen up the group to energize their imagination.
Imagination tip #1: Symbol
Ask participants to draw a personal symbol that metaphorically symbolizes their view about creativity. It can be anything……..an eagle, a compass, a paintbrush, the moon, etc.
Then each participant displays his or her symbol and explains how or why it represents their view. Go ahead and create your own, even if you do not have a group to present it to. This kind of out-of-the-box thinking, ought to spark some creative thoughts!
Imagination tip #2: Six-word books
A recent book published by Smith Magazine carried the intriguing title, Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. This book and similar collections of extremely short prose have been inspired by a six-word novel said to have been written by Ernest Hemingway on a dare. The novel read: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
A six-word memoir might read “For sale. Chastity belt. Never worn.” “For sale. Wedding ring. Seldom worn.” A six-word description of creative thinking could be: “Last night confused. Slept. Morning. Eureka!”, or “At night
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