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This is a template for a problem solving exercise that help generates a variety of solutions. The technique can be used in brainstorming or any creative thinking activity. It aims to bring randomness into the activity to stimulate thinking and inject non-obvious ideas into the process. You can also use random visual content. This can be particularly useful for brainstorming on design and artistic values of a product or service.
Use a source of random ideas such as a dictionary to introduce random concepts while brainstorming.
Explaining the Exercise: 5 minutes
Activity: 30 minutes (depends on the chosen brainstorming technique)
Group Feedback: 5 minutes
What happened when new random concepts were introduced? Did it help you think of new ideas that you would not have normally thought of? How useful was this technique? What other sources of random concepts would be ideal for your specific domain?
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