Strategies for Generating Ideas

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Brainstorming is a group creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members.

Clustering the technique is search and visualization of relationships between ideas to demonstrate new areas of research.

Freewriting the process of teaching a large amount of information on paper by writing non-stop for 5-10 minutes continuously for the purpose of generating ideas.

Journalist Research identifies your topic, then write out your answers in response to these questions: Who are the main stakeholders or figures connected to ____? What is ____? Where can we find ____? Where does this happen? When or under what circumstances does ____ occur? Why is ____ an issue? Why does it occur? Why is it important? How does ____ happen? 

Six Hats is a system designed by Edward de Bono which describes a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats. In a white hat, a person analyzes figures and facts, in black-everything looks for a negative. Having put on a yellow hat, the participant analyzes the positive aspects of the problem. In a green hat a person generates new ideas, in red - can afford emotional reactions. In conclusion, the participant in a blue hat summed up.

Trap for Ideas is to invent all the ideas that arise: they can dictate to the dictaphone, record, and if necessary, access to their records.

Mental Map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structure information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.

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