How to extract new ideas from brainstorming techniques

Extracting new ideas from creative thinking techniques during brainstorming sessions is an art that combines observation, analysis, and imagination. Here’s a guide to effectively utilize these techniques to generate fresh ideas:

Processes for Extracting Ideas from a Stimulus

How to extract new ideas from brainstorming techniques

1. Extract a Concept or Principle from the Stimulus

  • Analysis: Understand how the stimulus works and what it achieves.
  • Observation: Note the order of its operation, the people involved, and the reasons behind its functionality.

2. Extract a Feature from the Stimulus

  • Physical Attributes: Examine its shape, structure, and the processes involved.
  • Crucial Factors: Identify key contributors to its success and the timing of events.

3. Extract a Positive Attribute from the Stimulus

  • Positive Analysis: Focus on what makes the stimulus effective.
  • Situational Strength: Determine the scenarios where the stimulus excels.

4. Extract Differences Between the Stimulus and Current Solution

  • Comparative Analysis: Analyze how the stimulus and the current solution differ in achieving similar goals.
  • Usage and Process Differences: Explore differences in physical characteristics, processes, and applications.

Merging and Reapplying

  • Integrate the Stimulus with Current Situation: Combine the stimulus with the current scenario and apply the same extraction techniques.
  • Use Your Imagination: This step is crucial for envisioning new possibilities and doesn’t require physical experimentation.
ideas generation when brainstorming

Physical Inclusion and Analysis

  • Direct Application: Force the application of the stimulus in the current scenario and extract ideas.
  • Mix and Analyze: Combine the stimulus with the current method and analyze the benefits.
  • Frame-by-Frame Examination: Study the process in detail to identify benefits at different stages.
  • Contextual Application: Consider different contexts like time, place, culture, or market where the merged solution could be beneficial.

Stimulus as a Question

  • Direct Answers: Respond to the question straightforwardly.
  • Diverse Responses: Answer in multiple ways and from different perspectives.
  • Behind the Question: Address the underlying principles or reasons for the question.
  • Broad and Detailed Answers: Provide both summarized and expanded responses.

By adhering to these guidelines and effectively employing creative thinking techniques, you ensure a constant flow of new and original ideas. This approach not only enhances brainstorming sessions but also fosters a culture of innovation and creative problem-solving.

Direct work tools and worksheets for social workers go to

Speeding up your replies to repetitive emails or copying and pasting without the repetition and effort go to

Scroll to Top