created by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
Activities for Teams, Innovators
and Change Agents
MindShift is a collection of tools, games, and activities to inspire innovation, teamwork and engagement in health care settings.

Method 101

This is a simple brainstorming method designed to generate a very large number of ideas in a short period of time.


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  • 45 minutes
  • Groups of 5-10
    • Flipchart paper
    • Markers/pens
  • Source: Adapted from Media Lab Amsterdam

What to do

  1. Create groups of 5-10 people.
  2. Have the group define a problem/issue the group will brainstorm on.
  3. Identify a moderator in each group.
  4. Invite the moderator to ask the group to generate 101 ideas in only 30 minutes while the moderator records the ideas on a flipchart.
  5. Once the ideas are generated have the group review the results and see what they can act upon.

Debrief

  • How did it feel to generate so many ideas in such a short span of time?
  • Were you more “free” with your ideas because of the time constraint?
  • Did you generate any ideas that surprised you?
  • How could you employ this technique where you work?
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