Utilize creativity and imagination to create a bank of ideas that can respond to the challenges and opportunities you heard from your community. Brainstorming is limitless – start from the perspective that anything is possible.
Why It’s Important:
Brainstorming allows us to utilize creativity to solve old problems in new ways. When the people who are closest to the problem (residents and staff) are a part of the brainstorming process, we can generate solutions that outsiders or organization leaders may not have considered.
What We Learned:
Creativity is hard! There are many types of brainstormers: green light (anything is possible!), yellow light (let’s make some tweaks), red light (will this really work?). Embrace all types as necessary and useful.
Trauma can make it difficult to imagine the future. Get creative with ways to engage your team in future thinking – brainstorm as a group, incorporate music, try improv, use games, look for ways to have fun. Utilize the worksheets in the “Helpful Tools” section for more guidance.
When brainstorming, stay brainstorming. Don’t jump straight to implementation or feasibility just yet. This phase is about imagining what is possible, without limitations.