A playful and random element can often facilitate the development of new ideas in a project group. Games can be especially helpful at the outset of an idea development process where the group needs new and different angles on possible project solutions. The game format invites the team members to work together, talk to each other, cooperate and compete within the framework of the game. The random element provides inspiration for new and different ideas and compels the participants to look at an issue from multiple angles.
1. Identify the area where you want to develop new ideas.
2. Print one or two origami fortune tellers for each group.
3. Determine what obstacles might be relevant as sources of inspiration for your particular project. Write, draw or illustrate them on the six flaps in the paper fortune teller. For example, an obstacle might be to pick a different physical setting: what if your solution had to be set in nature? What if you had to be able to flat-pack your solution? What if you had to be able to print it on a mug?
4. Now use the fortune teller as the basis for a brainstorm. Have a member of the team roll a die to indicate how many times the fortune teller should be opened and shut, and then roll the die again to determine which flap to open.
5. Have everyone write ideas on post-it notes based on the obstacle revealed by the fortune teller.
6. Continue this exercise for ten minutes.
Two printed fortune tellers per team
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