We gathered as group at the training room in the local fire station. This was great venue with whiteboards and plenty of room to spread out.
- Participants – everyone introduced themselves
- Plan for the morning
- Go through the rules for brainstorming
- Capture ideas as we go
- No analysis or critiquing idea, instead just let the ideas flow. It is good to build on ideas
- Looked at the buckets and challenge / specific questions
- Review the brainwriting results – quickly went through all of the brainwriting ideas
- Brainstorming session – after the first idea went out, this group really took off with ideas. We posted stickies with written ideas on the white board and grouped them by bucket.
- Analysis – we ended the brainstorming session. The next steps:
- Everyone voted on their favorite ideas, working to identify ideas that we should explore
- Talked about the highest priority ideas and looked for themes (ideas that grouped together around a common theme)
- Identified next steps and concluded the meeting
An enthusiastic group that really wants to find better ways to help out in the community during an emergency really made this morning a joy.
Here are some images of the ideas on the white board.
Between the brainwriting and the brainstorming, the team generated over 140 ideas! Many of the ideas were very high quality. There is lots of interest in pursuing those ideas in the wild and turning them into actionable plans.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
We’ll publish detailed results in a separate blog post, or 2 or 3, where we can look at them in detail. The ideas and the themes we discovered are all helpful.