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AnswerGarden - Plant a Question, Grow Answers


AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback. Post it in a tweet or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook.

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AnswerGarden is for anyone interested in using an easy and powerful way to get brief feedback from a group. AnswerGarden is used by teachers to establish the knowledge level of a class on a certain topic. It is used at conferences and workshops to break the ice with the audience in a fun and interactive fashion. AnswerGarden is used by creative teams for digital brainstorming sessions. People who maintain websites and blogs use it to poll their visitors in a brief and to-the-point matter.
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Diamond Ranking for Decision Making | Skills Converged

Diamond Ranking for Decision Making | Skills Converged | Serious Play | Scoop.it
When making decisions, you often need to choose between a series of options. When told to rank options, people sometimes want to give the same rank to multiple options. In some cases, it might be more important to learn about the most and least preferred options rather than to spend time judging between the middle choices.

A technique known as Diamond Ranking can help you focus on the most and least preferred options.
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Skills Converged > Use Random Stimuli to Boost Creativity

Skills Converged > Use Random Stimuli to Boost Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A great way to increase creativity is to use random stimuli. Random thoughts can lead to new associations which in turn can help the group to explore new parts of a search space not considered before.

This exercise helps delegates to use readily available modern technology for inspiration from random content and to improve their creative brainstorming.

 

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Get inspired by a series of images collected by another groups to think of new solutions.

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The Heart of Innovation: Improv to Improve Idea Generation

The Heart of Innovation: Improv to Improve Idea Generation | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In both brainstorm facilitation andimprovisational theater, you're trying to tap the creative imagination of people in order to create something new. In both, you need to loosen up the habitual thinking and behaviors of the "audience" so they become more than just passive observers, but active participants.

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The Heart of Innovation: The Musical Dynamics of Brainstorm Facilitation

The Heart of Innovation: The Musical Dynamics of Brainstorm Facilitation | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A well-facilitated brainstorming session is like a symphony -- or, at the very least, a really good performance of any kind of music.

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DIY Brainstorming

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Chic Thompson shows how to generate ideas anytime, anyplace by conducting a one-person DIY brainstorm session with divergent thinking.
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{*} Qué hacer cuando un equipo se queda en silencio en la generación de ideas - Neuronilla

{*} Qué hacer cuando un equipo se queda en silencio en la generación de ideas - Neuronilla | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Recursos y estrategias para afrontar una de las dificultades más comunes en los procesos de creatividad e innovación: cuando el equipo se queda callado o seco durante la generación de ideas.
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Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Dialectic Inquiry

Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Dialectic Inquiry | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Sometimes it is important to scrutinise a plan to make sure it is valid. A common method used is known as Devil’s Advocate. This is basically an individual who has been given the role of an adverse critic. The aim is to look for problems, issues and anything that is inconsistent in a given plan.

 

The role is mainly negative and the danger is that the negativity can come to seriously undermine a potentially good idea. For this reason, an alternative method has been developed by Mason and Mitroff known as Dialectical Inquiry (Mason and Mitroff 1981).

 

In this exercise, delegates get to practice brainstorming using this particular method.

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Content Brainstorming Tools for 2013 | Social Media Today

Content Brainstorming Tools for 2013 | Social Media Today | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Content Brainstorming Tools for 2013
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Here are a few brainstorming techniques to try out from mapping, to brain writing and also some online tools.

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Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Rotating Roles

Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Rotating Roles | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"In this brainstorming exercise participants take different roles to contribute to the problem solving activity. This allows them to contribute without fear of being laughed at or criticised. The roles are defined by a facilitator prior to the brainstorming session to bias it towards a particular direction."

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Jacqueline Hopper: 5 Brainstorming Strategies for Writers

Jacqueline Hopper: 5 Brainstorming Strategies for Writers | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Brainstorming is useful whether you have too few ideas, or too many. It can help you whether you don’t know how to organize your thoughts, or whether you don’t even have any thoughts. But before you start, remember the first rule of brainstorming: Enumerate, don’t evaluate. Just get the ideas down, and don’t judge them or organize them until the creative phase has wound down.
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3 Ways to Think Outside the Box

3 Ways to Think Outside the Box | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Try these brainstorming tips to help your team think more creatively.

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3 Creative Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

3 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

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Innovation Excellence | Anti-Conventional Thinking (ACT)

Innovation Excellence | Anti-Conventional Thinking (ACT) | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Have you tried brainstorming, ideas campaigns, crowdsourcing and other idea generation activities only to be disappointed by the results? (...)

The truth is, many of these creative exercises – and in spite of what anyone tells you about innovation, idea generation is a creative activity that can eventually result in innovation – are poorly conceived. (...)

Fortunately, there is a solution that allows normally creative people to behave more like highly creative people and so generate better ideas. I call this method Anti-Conventional Thinking (ACT). It requires that you throw away many of the rules you have learned about brainstorming and idea generation.

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Brainstorming and polling with AnswerGarden

Brainstorming and polling with AnswerGarden | Serious Play | Scoop.it
AnswerGarden is a very simple tool for creating short answer polls and displaying the answers as word clouds. It’s really simple and quick to use and can be used in the classroom or embedded into webpages, blogs or in online courses.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 7, 2016 12:51 AM

This is a great tool for brainstorming vocabulary or creating quick polls in the classroom. Creates word clouds that you can export to Wordle.

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How to Easily Generate Lots of Amazing Ideas Every Day

How to Easily Generate Lots of Amazing Ideas Every Day | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This is a detailed account of exactly what I do to start generating lots of ideas (with some of them actually being really good) every single day.
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The Heart of Innovation: The 10 Personas of a Really Effective Brainstorm Facilitator

The Heart of Innovation: The 10 Personas of a Really Effective Brainstorm Facilitator | Serious Play | Scoop.it

There's a ton of reasons why most brainstorming sessions under-deliver, but the main reason -- the Mount Olympus of reasons (drum roll, please....) is the brainstorm facilitator.

 

The reason has less to do with their process, tools, and techniques than it does with their inability to adapt to what's happening, real-time, in the room.

 

Take a few minutes now to rate yourself, on a scale of 1-10, for how skillful you are at embodying the following personas of a high flying brainstorm facilitator.

 

Then tune into your biggest strength and ask yourself how you can amplify that quality. Then identify your biggest weakness and figure out how you can improve in that arena.

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17 illustrated brainstorm tips

17 visual tips for a perfect brainstorm. Extra tips are welcome.

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Simon Condon's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:07 PM

your group needs to be able to brainstorm to find new ways to apply, combine, modify the ideas given in this selection of resources.

 

Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 4, 2013 8:27 AM

Ser Creativo

R Menon's curator insight, January 18, 2014 9:11 AM

sums it up nicely

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Skills Converged > Decision Making: The NAF Technique

Skills Converged > Decision Making: The NAF Technique | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A particularly useful technique in brainstorming and decision making is the NAF technique. The acronym stands for New, Appeal and Feasibility. It is basically a simple way to score ideas to see if they are worth pursuing or implementing. 

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The Heart of Innovation: Want a Brainstorming Breakthrough? Get the Right Question!

The Heart of Innovation: Want a Brainstorming Breakthrough? Get the Right Question! | Serious Play | Scoop.it

There's a simple reason why so many brainstorm sessions are a waste of time. The problem statement being pitched to participants is the wrong one.

This is not surprising -- especially when you consider how little time most facilitators put into preparing for a session.

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Skills Converged > Management Exercise: Mind Share

Skills Converged > Management Exercise: Mind Share | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This energetic exercise can be used as a brainstorming and data-collection activity for team members. It helps individuals to express themselves around a predefined set of questions. This can also help the management and the team to better understand each other. A great advantage of this exercise is that everyone can equally contribute without fearing ridicule or judgement.

You can easily customise this exercise by adjusting the set of questions provided to them and bias the exercise towards a direction of your choice. This exercise is ideal for delegates who work closely together as part of a team.

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Creativity Tools and Creative Problem Solving Techniques from MindTools.com

Creativity Tools and Creative Problem Solving Techniques from MindTools.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This page explains a wide range of techniques which can help you generate creative solutions to your problems.

 

Start by taking our 3-minute self-test, which helps you assess and develop your business creativity skills.

Next, take a look at our brainstormingsection, which explains a range of approaches that suit different situations. Then, explore our other creativity tools, to find some great ways of generating new ideas.

 

Browse by Category:


Brainstorming
Other Idea-Generation Tools
Creativity Processes

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Random Word Brainstorming: A Simple, Powerful and Effective Ideation Technique | Innovation Management

Random Word Brainstorming: A Simple, Powerful and Effective Ideation Technique | Innovation Management | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Word lists, because of their simplicity, are often overlooked as a tool for brainstorming. That's too bad, because they can be quite powerful and are very easy to use.

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Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming

Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Eight techniques from the Virgin-founder to get the most from your next ideas meeting.
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Tips for creative brainstorming. Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog

Tips for creative brainstorming. Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Tips for creative brainstorming.

 

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3 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity

3 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it
These strategies will help you think outside the box to discover your next business idea.

 

Creativity often eludes us because we’re accustomed to certain norms. “We’re highly socialized and have fixed assumptions about what the world looks like,” says Barry Staw, an organizational behaviorist at University of California, Berkeley. “You have to try to envision another world.”

To do that, Staw suggests a series of exercises, all designed to help you consider a wider range of options as you brainstorm.

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