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Forced Connections - Idea Generation


The exercise in this module will take about 20 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 45 minutes to complete this module.

• To introduce 'Forced Connections' as an idea generation technique.
• To provide participants with an opportunity to practise using the technique.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
A bag or other container containing a selection of small toys or other random objects. Try to make the selection as varied as possible.

A Fiddle Pack would be ideal for this exercise.

Refer to the handout for a worked example of the technique covered by this module.

There are a number of modules that introduce different idea generation techniques. As well as this one, have a look at Reframe, Idea Box and Reversal.

We strongly recommend introducing several different idea generation techniques in any creative thinking or problem solving course/workshop.


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