Intro to Brainstorming & Creative Thinking

An intro to creativity and brainstorming that offers simple, best-practices for more effective thinking sessions.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

This course is a basic overview of creative thinking and brainstorming. The course starts with a brief history of the study of creativity and some background into the inception of brainstorming. It also takes a critical look at the potential negatives of group thinking and discusses ways to minimize those in your thinking sessions. The course outlines a series of best practices for planning, facilitating and capturing the ideas from a creative thinking session, as well as several easy-to-implement brainstorm methods that will encourage new and different thinking. The course features 7 different video lectures that are supported by 4 information-packed, downloadable presentations. Overall, this class should take about 1-1.5 hours of watching time, as well as a few hours of prep time to prepare for your brainstorm.

What are the requirements?

  • A basic of the concept of brainstorming
  • An interest in applying creative thinking and brainstorming tools to your school, organization or business.
  • The ability to facilitate or find someone to facilitate your brainstorm meetings.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course, you will gain a better understanding of creative thinking and brainstorming
  • You will learn the basics of meeting facilitation
  • You will learn multiple brainstorm methods to encourage new and different thinking
  • By the end of this course you will be able to plan and host a successful brainstorm

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who is interested in spurring creative thinking within their school, organization or business. It offers simple, practical advice on how to improve your creative thinking and brainstorming skills
  • Business professionals interested in professional development of their creative thinking skills

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Section 1: Course Intro
Course Intro
Section 2: Creativity & Brainstorming
A Brief History of Creativty
The Birth of Brainstorming
Presentation Slides
25 pages
Section 3: Planning and Facilitating a Brainstorm
Planning and Facilitating a Brainstorm Pt 1
Planning and Facilitating a Brainstorm Pt 2
Planning and Facilitating a Brainstorm Pt 3
Presentation Slides
37 pages
Section 4: Brainstorm Bill of Rights
Brainstorm Bill of Rights
Presentation Slides
14 pages
Section 5: Brainstorm Methods
Brainstorm Methods
Presentation Slides
12 pages
Section 6: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Mike Wienke, Creative Director, Writer and Brainstorm Facilitator

A teacher once told Mike that he would be “a much better student if you’d just stop talking.” Much to her disappointment, his love of communicating never subsided. If anything, it grew more intense and developed into a full-blown love affair with words and the ideas behind them. For the last 15 years, Mike has plied his skills of storytelling, persuasion and idea generation as a writer and Creative Director at digital advertising and marketing agencies in St. Louis and Atlanta. In addition to his professional experience, Mike is pursuing a Master's Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts - Boston. He has focused his studies on the teaching and implementation of creative thinking skills in the business environment.

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