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Creative thinking in meetings involves generating new ideas by asking the minds of the participants to integrate two or more already existing, but previously unconnected concepts or ideas. For example, the “snowboard” was a new idea that might have been formed from the concepts “skiing” and “snow.” VIS-IT Techniques stimulate and accelerate creative thinking in the following ways:
  • Focus thinking with explicit “Focus Questions” that keep the activity on point.
  • Use highly visual tools, involving meaningful colors and shapes, to energize, reinforce and organize ideas.
  • Capture and build a comprehensive group memory.
  • Facilitate communication and follow-up.
To launch a creative thinking activity, begin with one idea, and then position another stimulative idea next to it. Ask the participants to consider both ideas simultaneously, and force their minds to synthesize the two into one, using “what if” questions. Capture the responses associated with each stimulative idea. For example, new product designers might begin with their current model of something, and then position a human sensory or intellectual capability next to it, asking: What if our product could see? What if our product could hear? What if our product could taste? What if our product could touch? What if our product could smell? What if our product could count? What if our product could read? What if our product could write? What if our product could talk? In each case, answers might yield new product ideas that would offer high value to current or new customers. VIS-IT Techniques stimulate creative thinking by physically positioning two written or visual ideas next to each other is such close proximity that the mind tries to create a resolving idea, which synthesizes the two. Our primary creativity techniques are shown below.
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The VIS-IT™ Attribute Attachment Technique

The VIS-IT™ Attribute Attachment Technique
The VIS-IT™ Factor Analysis Matrix Technique
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The VIS-IT™ Factor Analysis Matrix Technique
The VIS-IT™ Scenario Evaluation Matrix Technique

The VIS-IT™ Scenario Evaluation Matrix Technique
The VIS-IT™ What if and if Technique
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The VIS-IT™ What if and if Technique
The VIS-IT™ First Meeting Guide for Thinking with Hexagons
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The VIS-IT™ First Meeting Guide for Thinking with Hexagons
The VIS-IT™ 8-Fold Generator Technique

The VIS-IT™ 8-Fold Generator Technique
The VIS-IT™ Speed Thinking Brainstorming Technique

The VIS-IT™ Speed Thinking Brainstorming Technique
The VIS-IT™ Synthesis Thinking Technique

The VIS-IT™ Synthesis Thinking Technique
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Great Big Idea Post-its
SIX-COLOR Set of VIS-IT™  Big Idea Post-it™ Set
SIX-COLOR Set of VIS-IT™ 8x6 in. Big Idea Pads (300 sheets total)
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Six Color Big Idea Post-its Set