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Set brainstorming rules

Let the creativity of each participant emerge by encouraging purposeful dialogue and wild thinking.

Preparation
10 mins
Delivery
15 mins

Set brainstorming rules

Let the creativity of each participant emerge by encouraging purposeful dialogue and wild thinking.

Preparation:
10 mins
Facilitation:
15 mins

What is it

To provide a positive environment for participants to share their ideas, setting ground rules for brainstorming is essential. This will foster team collaboration and lead to more creative solutions.

How to do it

1 Explain the rules

With the presentation: Download, project and go through the Brainstorming rules ↓ presentation with the entire Jam group.

Without the presentation: Explain the following rules:

  • Don't criticise: Let ideas run. There will be time later to select and refine ideas.
  • Go for quantity: Keep ideas on a high level. Give enough explanation so that others can understand the main idea. Don’t dwell on details.
  • Build on each other’s ideas: Ask participants to develop what someone has pointed out. Small improvements can make big changes.
  • Encourage wild thinking: Participants that start with “I know this might sound crazy but…” could be on to a successful idea.
  • Be visual: Don’t be afraid to draw. Anyone can do it, not only designers. Words can describe what we’re imagining, but a diagram can help develop ideas faster and more collaboratively.
2 Encourage turn-taking

Remind participants to be mindful of others in the brainstorm. Encourage the silent types and make sure every participant’s opinion is heard.

What you will need

  • Pens

  • Post-it notes

  • Paper

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