101 Activities For Teaching Creativity And Problem Solving

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Suggest that participants conduct a discussion on the benefits of using experts versus
non-experts, including situations in which either or both would be most beneficial and
when they might be unproductive or counterproductive. Also consider having partici-
pants debrief using the following questions:

  • What was most helpful about this exercise?

  • What was most challenging?

  • What can we apply?

  • How would you rate the value of this exercise to helping us with this issue?

  • Will this exercise be helpful in the future for other sessions?

  • What did you learn?

  • What will we be able to use from this exercise?

  • What ideas were generated, and which ones were most interesting?


  • If consulting an expert is not feasible, have the participants consult several people
    with absolutely no knowledge of your problem and take written notes. They can be
    friends, co-workers, spouses, or even children. Have them do this prior to the meet-
    ing. (Such people can bring a fresh perspective to the problem. Unfettered by disci-
    pline-bound assumptions and logic, they can often see things we cannot. Not only are
    they more removed from the problem, but also they are more likely to avoid precon-
    ceptions. So ask them how they would solve the problem.)

  • Repeat Steps 2 through 6 in the procedure above.

  • If experts are available, have the groups consult them as well as non-experts and use
    those responses with Steps 2 through 6.

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