In the field of the new IMAGE-IN cards deck, INNOWEO has issued a booklet to help our community members to use the deck at its best.
Within the booklet, you will find 3 facilitation tools:
- One Ice Breaker exercise to start your workshop, to turn your group into a team in a few minutes.
- One Topic Exploration tool to define clearly the scope and state a common understanding of the topic.
- One Idea Generation tool to generate more breakthrough ideas, through connection and association
We developed those tools inspired by Arthur Koestler « The Act of Creation » and tested it for months in our own creativity and problem-solving workshops. It works very well and we want today to share it with you.
Get your IMAGE-IN cards and the IMAGE-IN booklets by joining the INNOWEO community!
INNOWEO is very proud to issue its first creativity cards deck: IMAGE-IN. This is a wonderful high quality PDF allowing you to print your own deck.
Those 68 A6 sized cards with high quality images aim to make you innovate more creatively. Inspired by Arthur Koestler « The Act of Creation », the cards have a general organization allowing you to connect, leverage and combine concepts, objects, elements and abstraction. By using the images on the cards and connecting it to your theme, you will empower the idea generation phase of your creativity of problem solving workshop.
In addition to the cards, we have developed for you the IMAGE IN booklet. In this booklet you will find out how to use the IMAGE-IN cards at their best:
- One Ice Breaker exercise to start your workshop,
- One Topic Exploration tool to define clearly the scope,
- One Idea Generation tool to generate more breakthrough ideas.
To get your own, join the INNOWEO community!
INNOWEO just issued its IMAGE-IN cards deck, a wonderful tool to help you innovate. Join the community to have access to your free deck.
I have been an accredited creativity and brainstorming facilitator for 8 years now. I have taken part as facilitator to almost 100 official sessions.
I have be trained in France by my company to a 5 diamond method (5 phases of divergence and convergence) allowing to fully cover the theme and leverage the creativity possibilities of the group. See my other article to know how to gather the right people into your creativity group (in french).
In all the sessions I have facilitated I have used several tools but one that works good, especially as ice breaker is the Nicolas Piepoli cards… Don’t ask me who he was and why those cards took his name. All I know is that it is a perfect way to start a creativity/brainstorming session.
how can we use such cards?
Those card are real cards but they can be used in those sessions thanks to the drawing they have.
My favourite ice breaker consists to randomly distribute one card per participant and then ask them to use the drawing to present themselves to the others. That is a powerful way to start. First people are shy, don’t really see how to do it, think by themselves etc… At that point it is important to have an accredited facilitator because they know to handle such situation. I personally take the lead, and do the exercise myself. It is easy now after so much facilitation 😉 It definitely engages the group and prove to everybody that it is possible.
Are the cards really necessary?
Absolutely not!!! Gather some nice not representative drawings and use it. The cards are just an easy way to it 😉