Brainwriting is a facilitation tool that can help you bring out the best ideas.

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How to Brainwrite:

  • Create one worksheet per person (plus one extra) with a grid of 3 squares across and 3 down
  • Write your question at the top of the page
  • Each individual writes one option per square across the top row
  • As you finish, exchange your form for the extra sheet. Build on the options already written, or create new ones. Write three more options on a new row, then switch again. Repeat!

When to Brainwrite:

  • To generate ideas that are easier to implement
  • To generate options with introverted, quiet people
  • To lessen the impact of an intimidating person in the group
  • To generate options when everyone is not in the same location (via fax, email, blog, web)


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