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Facilitators Guide

First Burst Ideas First

First Burst Ideas First Burst Ideas is an integral tool for both creative thinking and for helping participants to move deeper into the creative process by sharing ideas they already hold about a particular challenge. By the end of this activity, your group should have generated and developed a number of ideas based on their experience and understanding of the challenge you have been set. What to do 1. Recap the challenge your group has been set and explain “We are going to take one idea at a time and develop it into a prototype using this template”. 2. Hold up an idea generating template. 3. Ask “Does anyone have any ideas about how we might approach this challenge?” 4. The first person to speak will start the group exploring the first idea. Don’t write what they say yet. Listen to what they say and then say “That’s an interesting idea. How do other people think that we could develop this idea to make it even better at solving this challenge?” 5. Listen to the other responses. 6. Summarise what you have heard and say “So are we happy to write that idea down?” 7. Ask “What should we call it?” 8. Summarise it in a series of bullet points, checking with the group that they agree with the points you are writing. 9. Draw an attribute of the idea. This could be a key benefit or a key attribute. 10. Once you have done one idea, say “What other ideas do we have?” and go through the process again. 11. At the end of this stage, ask your group to select their best idea to share with the room. Give this one idea to the Super Facilitator and place your other completed ideas into your ‘Generated Ideas Envelope’.

Idea Generating Template Name the idea Draw the idea Describe the idea We will all have an idea or two in our heads about how to elevate customer service in our e..g “How can Baringa maximise our innovation capability by restaurants. These are our First Burst Ideas. Share working with external partners or innovation ecosystems?” your idea with your neighbour and record it in this template.

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