An informal activity in which people put forward any ideas that occur to them at the moment. After this, they re-consider the ideas and make decisions about their relevance and importance. See also Creative thinking
looking for solutions to problems by coming up with many possible answers
a creativity technique, pioneered by Alex Osborn, which involves the free flow of ideas without judgement or comment. Also see our Brainstorming eResource.
A technique teams use to generate ideas on a particular subject. Each person in the team is asked to think creatively and write down as many ideas as possible. The ideas are not discussed or reviewed until after the brainstorming session.
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Typically used in writing, but is any activity where individuals general ideas related to a topic or task; done in either groups or individually with no restriction on quality of ideas. Once ideas are generation, they are they evaluated and a decision about which to pursue is made.
generating ideas in a rapid and non-linear process with the goal of coming up with as many possible related or associated thoughts about a topic or problem.
A method for getting ideas from a group of people in which ideas are offered and recorded without any judgment of the quality of the idea in order to stimulate one idea with another. After the group has run out of ideas, then some method such as "multi-voting" or "nominal group technique" is used to organize and prioritize the ideas collected.
a free-wheeling, sky's-the-limit method of generating ideas for a new product, advertising approach, sales promotion activity, or any other element of the marketing program; purpose is to get ideas on the table and not to judge their worth.
a learning technique involving open group discussion intended to expand the range of available ideas, as to solve a problem, clarify a concept, etc. Cp. clustering, brainstorm.
A meeting to generate creative ideas. At Michael J. Motto Advertising, daily, weekly and bi-monthly brainstorming sessions are held by various work groups within the firm. Our monthly I-Power brainstorming meeting is attended by the entire agency staff.
Stimulating bright ideas by a creative, non-judgmental, group interaction.
1,2,3,4 A prewriting technique in which students, either alone or in groups, jot down all words or phrases that come to mind on a topic to expand the range of available ideas, to solve a problem or to clarify a concept.
Group sessions in which all participants contribute creative ideas which are not initially judged for merit.
Attempting to solve a problem by having members of a group spontaneously propose ideas and solutions.
A group activity which allows people to generate ideas, raise questions, pose solutions, and reach agreement on issues concerning many individuals.
An idea-generating process that encourages alternatives while withholding criticism.
A not very successful method for generating ideas, in which a small group of people come up with ideas as fast as they can. Participants may build on each others' ideas, but not criticize them. Nominal groups work better. See also enabling techniques.
thinking of ideas in a very fast manner
(v) A process used to identify as many solutions to a design problem as possible by freely suggesting ideas without criticism or discussion of feasibility. A brainstorming session will normally have a moderator and a recorder.
A method of generating ideas about a subject; involves listing ideas as they occur in a session of intensive thinking about the subject.
the spontaneous consideration of ideas or solutions.
A technique for generating ideas in a group.
Used to generate ideas; encourages a group of people to think creatively about a topic. Innovative, unique, or untried ideas as well as traditional ideas are equally considered. Pick any topic or aspect of a topic for exploration.
Brainstorming is a process in which the parties are asked to generate as many options for approaching a problem as they can. People are encouraged to think creatively and build off each others' ideas--without critically examining any of the ideas until later. The goal is to come up with new ways of approaching problems from those which had been identified before.
a group problem-solving technique in which members sit around a let fly with ideas and possible solutions to the problem
an excellent tool to refine creative solutions and to develop consensus on the best alternative approaches
A group activity that stimulates creative and high level thinking. The word itself was developed and named by Alex Osborn, an advertising executive. Children are usually given a topic and asked to come up with as many ideas related to that topic as possible. All ideas are accepted without criticism. Brainstorming is designed to generate creative ideas no right, no wrong answers. It is the basis for many activities involving gifted children.
A stage used in the design and problem-solving process to generate a number and variety of ideas in a noncritical atmosphere.
A technique for generating, refining and developing ideas that can be undertaken by individuals, but is more effective when undertaken by a group of people.
A group method for collecting ideas and suggestions from the participants. This technique is used to problem solve and collect information by stimulating creative thinking through unrestrained and spontaneous participation in discussion.
A classroom strategy that generates a list of ideas or a creative solution. First, all students in the group contribute input, accepting all ideas. Then the group works cooperatively to edit and refine their list, creating a final product. Adapted from: Florida Department of Education. (1998). Florida curriculum framework: Elementary program. (p. 430). Tallahassee, FL: Florida Department of State.
Process of gathering ideas or thoughts to plan a strategy for generating ideas about possible research topics.
entails an individual or group providing ideas and suggestions about a particular topic or theme within a short time frame. ( back)
a free and open exchange of ideas
A means of generating ideas by asking individuals or a group to produce quickly as many thoughts on a topic as they can.
A group process used to generate a large number of ideas about specific issues in a non-judgmental environment.
the free giving of ideas or suggestions about a topic while seeking solutions to a problem.
Group methods of problem solving used in product concept generation, there are many modifications in format of use, each variation with its own name.
A method of shared problem solving in which all members of a group spontaneously and in unrestrained discussion generate ideas.
A problem solving technique that involves the spontaneous contribution of ideas. The primary purpose of brainstorming is to generate ideas, not evaluate them.
A technique used to gather ideas from a group, it involves the members of the group thinking of as many ideas as they can in a short period of time.
the unstructured generation of ideas by a group of people.
A technique that attempts to increase the production of creative ideas by encouraging group members to speak freely without criticizing their own or others' contributions.
The creative method for producing a multitude of ideas on a given subject or problem, generally recorded for future evaluation and use.
a way for a group of people to think of lots of ideas quickly
An idea-generation strategy. Write your topic, a key word, or thesis at the top of a blank piece of paper or computer screen, and for ten or fifteen minutes just write down everything you associate with, think of, or know about that topic.
is a creative process whereby the mediator/facilitator assists the parties to approach the problem from new vantage points, and asks questions to stimulate creativity. It is important during brainstorming to not engage in evaluation of options that are generated, because early evaluation will curb creativity. Conflict is a form of intense interpersonal and /or intrapersonal tension between two or more interdependent parties based on incompatible goals, needs, desires, values, beliefs, and/or attitudes.
Group exercise where participants call out ideas to solve a specific problem or plan a particular project and the ideas are listed on a flip chart or whiteboard. Suggestions can be called out in any order; no explanations, justifications or comments are needed.
Collecting lots of ideas on a subject.
Idea generation technique. More information: brainstorming
A well-established method for generating ideas. Instructions for brainstorming in groups are widely available on the web. If you don't have a group, use the Ideator. Stir in a generous serving of Creativity sparks and slogans. Ideator Creativity Sparks Creativity Slogans
a group exercise for generating a wide range of ideas related to problem solving. The rule being that all ideas, no matter how good or bad is jotted down on a piece of paper for evaluation
a technique for writing linked ideas quickly
the creative process of group-thinking to stimulate or articulate ideas on a give subject or problem.
an informal way of generating topics to write about, or points to make about a topic. The important point about brainstorming is that there should be no pressure to be "brilliant." Students should simply open their minds to whatever pops into them. Think of it as a kind of free association.
A problem-solving method that uses creative group-thinking to generate bold and innovative ideas.
A creative group process for generating and developing ideas and solutions to problems
A method to get ideas from persons who are potential contributors. No criticism or discussion of ideas is allowed until all the ideas are recorded. The ideas are critically reviewed after the brainstorming session.
A technique for generating ideas. Most effective when undertaken as a group activity
A free-wheeling technique to generate ideas. Groups are given a question or problem and asked to produce as many ideas as possible through creative, spontaneous flow of suggestions with no judgement or evaluation of the suggestions. Quantity is more important than quality. A more careful analysis of the ideas and their usefulness is postponed until later. Free-association is encouraged; ideas are written as they are called out.
Brainstorming is an informal way of generating ideas for a particular logo design concept. Members of the design studio will come together to share ideas.
a management technique used to foster ideas, solve problems, set goals, establish priorities, and make assignments for their accomplishments.
a strategy to think of ideas for your research
A tool used to encourage creative thinking and new ideas. A group formulates and records as many ideas as possible concerning a certain subject, regardless of the content of the ideas. No discussion, evaluation, or criticism of ideas is allowed until the brainstorming session is complete.
Rapid suggestion of ideas and discussion on a specific theme/subject without taking time to evaluate each one.
Prewriting technique used to generate ideas
A method used to generate a large number of ideas from a group of people in a short period of time, without judgment or restriction. Ground rules include "no idea is a bad idea". Benefit of brainstorming is the power of the group in building ideas of each other's ideas.
A group process for generating creative and diverse ideas. Branch Coverage Testing: A test method satisfying coverage criteria that requires each decision point at each possible branch to be executed at least once.
A method for generating ideas, intended to inspire the free-flowing sharing of thoughts of an individual or a group of people, typically while withholding criticism in order to promote uninhibited thinking.
A technique used to generate numerous ideas using the composite talent and experience of a group in a facilitated meeting environment.
An organized approach for producing ideas by letting the mind think without interruption. The term was coined by Alex Osborn. Brainstorming can be done either individually or in a group; in group brainstorming sessions, the participants are encouraged, and often expected, to share their ideas with one another as soon as they are generated. The key to brainstorming is not to interrupt the thought process. As ideas come to the mind, they are captured and stimulate the development of better ideas. Brainstorming is used for enhancing creativity in order to generate a broad selection of ideas in leading to a unique and improved concept.
Brainstorming is a group creativity technique that was designed to generate a large number of ideas for the solution of a problem. The method originated in a 1953 book called Applied Imagination by Alex Faickney Osborn, an advertising executive. Osborn proposed that groups could double their creative output by using the method of brainstorming.