12.Creative collaboration by groups (Guides for Panel Sessions (Criticism…
12.Creative collaboration by groups
It was in 1938 when I first employed organized ideation in the company I then headed. The early participants dubbed our efforts " Brainstorm Sessions"; and quite aptly so because in this case, "brainstorm" means using the brain to storm a problem. A.F. Osborn pp 151
Technique used by Hindu Teachers while working with religious groups more than 400 years ago.
Prai - "outside yourself"
Barshana - "question"
Fact that a brainstorming session when properly conducted can produce more good ideas than a conventional thinking session.
Brainstorming = delayed judgement
More people = more ideas
Social Facilitation: Tests have demonstrated that "free associations" on the part of adults are from 65 to 93% more numerous in group activity than when working alone.
Opportunity for reinforcement: Learning process is far more effective when "correct" answers are "reinforced" by "rewards" in the form of immediate corroboration.
Guides for Panel Sessions
Criticism is ruled out
"Free wheeling" is welcomed. Can we kickstart this?
Quantity is wanted
combination and improvement sought
No need to give perfect ideas (as decided by yourself), your half-baked or lame ideas may be used in conjuction with others. Most people are "quiet: during brainstorming because they cannot see the wholesomeness of their own ideas. The criticism is there and is from themselves. A sense of inferiority can hamper creative output.
Group brainstorming should be used for problems which primarily depended on idea finding - It is not for problems which primarily depends on JUDGEMENT.
Group Brainstorming should not be used for problems for which there are only two or three alternative solutions. E.g. Decision making in dyadic mindmaps.
"When I can make my brainstorming team feel they are playing, we get somewhere," said one of our most successful leaders. "Each session should be a game with plenty of rivalry, but with complete friendliness all around."
Paradoxically, we can think up more ideas when trying hard but in a relaxed frame of mind.
Subjects & Personnel
Problem should be specific
Meetings drift aimlessly when a clear statement of the problem is lacking.