Visual structures of new ideas and concepts

  • Brainstorming creates a judgment-free zone to express creative ideas and explore new concepts.
  • Widely accepted rules include, “quantity over quality,” “withhold judgment and criticism,” “build on each other’s ideas,” and “welcome oddity.”
  • Graphic organizers, or visual representations of knowledge, are sense-making frameworks that facilitate teams as they brainstorm unconventional alternatives within a domain.
  • Brainstorming Webs help develop a central concept or question, identifying its characteristics, supporting facts, and related ideas.
  • Tree Diagrams communicate hierarchy, a classification system, or relationships between main and supporting ideas.
  • Flow Diagrams document a sequence of events, represent the actions or processes of different actors in a system, or show cause and effect of interrelated elements.

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