I chose to ask my mom [pink pen], dad [green pen], a roommate [black pen], a girl in my sorority [purple pen], and a friend [pencil] to participate in this brainstorming session. I held it in my sororities library because it has a big table where everyone would have an adequate amount of space and the it isn't filled with anything distracting. I thought that was important. I briefed each of them on what was going to happen when we met and what was going to be expected of them. They each came with a few ideas of their own relevant to the "how might we" statements and I had them share them with the group to get the juices flowing.
"How might we" statements;
Keiko, a chef, needs a way to be able to sanitarily use minimal utensils for multiple jobs in the kitchen because the amount of food dishes being made at one time all contain different substances.
How might we cook multiple dishes at once while using the least amount of utensils sanitarily?
Jake, a bus rider, needs to be able to check on and baste the turkey without leaving the comfort of his couch because football is important to males.
How might we check on and baste the Thanksgiving turkey without having to leave the couch?
Brainstorming session; When everyone arrived I had them play two improve games. First I had them play one that I came up with for the assignment and they had to go around and describe what kind of socks the person they chose would wear if socks could be anything. The second game I had them play was the improve game that we did in class where they pieced together a story as a group.
For my brainstorming session I decided to utilize a different approach than we did in class. I gave them 20 minutes on each "how might we" statement and had them put their ideas in the center of the table when they were finished and if someone in the group was stumped they could pull from the pile in the middle of the table to help them and talking was not supported. I was surprised to find that no one grabbed from the pile in the center when they got stumped except for my friend, he was curious what everyone was coming up with. I then had them silently group the ideas, but they had trouble with the naming aspect of this request. After they attempted to group the ideas I gave everyone 8 votes - 4 for novelty [blue] and 4 for creativity [yellow].
Observations; My mom felt like she wasn't creative enough to be doing something like this and didn't contribute much. She had a lot of trouble thinking outside of the box and her ideas were more practical. My dad being the architect that he is had some really great ideas but he tried really hard to achieve perfection in his sketches which slowed him down I think. Thinking outside of the box and coming up with wonky and creative ideas was easiest for my roommate, the girl in my sorority, and my friend. This was somewhat surprising to me because I had asked my mom and dad to participate because I thought due to their experience and them both being creative people that this would be a piece of cake and they would generate some fabulous ideas but it was almost the opposite.