In How to Have Creative Ideas Edward de Bono – the leading authority on creative thinking – outlines 62 different games and exercises, built around random words chosen from a list, to help encourage creativity and lateral thinking. For example, if the task were to provide an idea for a new restaurant and the random word chosen was ‘cloak’, ideas generated might be: a highwayman theme; a Venetian theme with gondolas; masked waiters and waitresses. Or, if asked to make a connection between the two random words ‘desk’ and ‘shorts’, readers may come up with: both are functional; desks have ‘knee holes’ and shorts expose the knees; traditionally they were both male-associated items.
All the exercises are simple, practical and fun, and can be done by anyone.
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