I do my best to help the students generate new ideas. With so many idea generation techniques available, the challenge was to select the best ones for school pupils to use (200 students in total). The creative techniques had to be easy to communicate and simple to use. The five techniques I use are covered below.
2. Use language that sparks new ideas
Say you’ve identified a good problem to solve – what then? Use words that help to spark creative thinking such as: “What if…” and “I wish…”. Using these words when brainstorming around the problem, will help generate a list of initial ideas from which the best one can be selected.
A great example of 'What if' thinking can be found in Warren Berger's bestselling book 'A More Beautiful Question' where he describes the origins of the Netflix video-rental service:
5. Overcome Constraints
Consider the following wise words from Samuel Johnson: "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome".
Nowadays there are numerous (free) marketing resources available such as Weebly, social media tools, and ways to access funding via crowd funding sites. Also, plenty of support can be found in a school environment. Examples include the Design Technology facilities to make prototypes, support from the IT and Art departments for making your website, etc., not to mention the support that is available through parent networks.
So don’t be constrained by what you perceive to be a lack of money, time and people to help develop your idea. Look for support across your network. Find ways to get around roadblocks.
Other articles that might be of interest include: The 7 stages of successful online idea schemes
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Do you want to be more successful at innovation? I recommend the book Innovation Unplugged – helping managers prepare today’s business for future growth.
Director of 3inno