Brainwriting - Silent Innovation for Inclusive Brainstorming

Divergent Thinking

Ever been in a brainstorming session where just a couple of voices dominate, or only a few contribute ideas? we will explore the power of "brainwriting," a silent and inclusive brainstorming method that encourages everyone to participate and contribute their ideas freely. Traditional brainstorming sessions might be dominated by senior leaders or loud participants, but brainwriting ensures that every voice is heard, fostering creativity, collaboration, and innovation. We all know that sometimes, the most unexpected person holds the key to solving the problem at hand. Let's dive into the steps of this powerful technique and uncover the benefits of 100% participation.


Sheet of paper printed with the following headings and table with as many 'cells' as the are people working on the problems.

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Step 1: Set the Stage Start by explaining the purpose and rules of brainwriting to the participants. Emphasize the importance of silent participation and how it promotes a level playing field, where everyone's ideas are valued equally. Encourage an open and judgment-free environment, where all ideas are welcome.

Step 2: Define the Challenge Clearly outline the problem or challenge that the team needs to address. Provide context and background information to ensure a shared understanding of the issue at hand.

Step 3: Silent Brainstorming Distribute brainwriting sheet to each participant. Set a time limit, such as 5 minutes, for everyone to silently write down their ideas in response to the defined challenge. Participants should jot down one idea per note, ensuring clarity and brevity.

Step 4: Idea Rotation After the initial silent brainstorming session, each participant passes their notepads or cards to the person on their right or left. This rotation allows individuals to build on the ideas of others or spark new ones based on previous contributions.

Step 5: Idea Expansion Participants now have the opportunity to review the ideas written by their peers and silently add their thoughts, comments, or improvements to each idea. They can use additional cards or notepads as needed.

Step 6: Continuous Rotation Continue rotating the brainwriting until they have been circulated through the entire group. This process provides a dynamic exchange of ideas and encourages participants to build upon the collective knowledge.

Step 7: Display brainwriting sheet on a board or wall. Ask the team to connect the ideas with lines or arrows or group the ideas by theme.

Step 8: Now look at the overall picture the team has created and allow it to inspire new solutions, new connections not yet made.

The Brainwriting Workshop empowers your team to harness the power of collective intelligence and achieve breakthrough results. By embracing this silent and inclusive brainstorming method, you will unlock the potential of every participant and cultivate a culture of innovation. Together, let's unleash the creativity within your team and tackle challenges with newfound synergy and enthusiasm.