Idea generation is the process of creating a list of ideas. Ideas can include goals, strategies, concepts, designs, styles, plans, stories, actions, models, questions and answers. Creative processes typically call for generating a large number of ideas and then screening them. The following are common types of idea generation.
Allowing ideas to flow out without validation or constraint.Take a specific concept and making it more general.
DrawingVisualizing things such as the concepts surrounding your problem space.
ListsGenerating lists such as a mece list for a topic.
InspirationLooking for creative inspiration from sources such as art, music, writing, media, design, science, nature, society, culture and technology.
IncubationAllowing time to pass while thinking. For example, taking a walk or sleeping may allow your mind to come up with something.Using an analogy to model your problem space.
ConversationsTechniques that draw on collective intelligence such as a meeting.
PlayThinking about your problem space while in a lighthearted frame of mind.Applying foundational principles to your problem space.
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