One of the most effective tools in creative problem solving is brainstorming. Brainstorming helps bring forth different solutions, perspectives and aspects of the problem. Sometimes brainstorming leads into seeing the unseen gravity of the problem as well. In fact, many believe that any kind of problem solving has to be embarked upon by brainstorming. This helps in viewing and reviewing the problem from all angles possible.
~ Creative activities to work out a problem.
~ Collecting data about the problem, observing the problem as objectively as possible.
~ Examining the various parts of the problem to isolate the major part, stating the problem in an open-ended way.
~ Generating as many ideas as possible, regarding the problem - brainstorming.
~ Choosing the solution that would be most appropriate, developing and selecting criteria to evaluate the alternative solutions.
~ Creating a plan of action.
The Osborne-Parnes method is one of the most popularly followed methods in creative problem solving. Nonetheless, let us not forget, if it ought to be creative, you can always modify the methods.
~ Pick any topic of conflict that is currently trending. It could be related to international politics, business, or finance, or any other subject.
~ Divide the people into equally numbered teams.
~ Each team is supposed to brainstorm and come up with a unique solution to the problem.
~ Have a series of seemingly unrelated picture cut-outs placed in a bag.
~ The pictures should be such that when arranged in a particular sequence, portray a proverb, or a theme, or even describe a place.
~ The first team to solve the pictorial puzzle is the winner.
~ Describe a few desolate scenarios for each team - they could be stranded on a deserted island with no supplies, or they could be lost in a rainforest, or even at sea.
~ Each team has to come up with a survival plan accordingly.
~ The team with the most creative and plausible plan wins.
~ You catch a close friend who is also a colleague being involved in an unfair practice. Do you shield him, or do you tell on him?
~ You end up with some extra cash because the store clerk made an error. Do you keep it or return it?
~ Would you accept credit where it is not due?