Well, despite my best efforts, I was unable to get four classmates in a room at the same time for an entire hour last week. I don't know if I should blame family commitments or the fact that a majority of my classmates are going through full-time job recruitment at the moment, but the bottom line is I wasn't able to hold my brainstorming session. What follows is my best attempt at partial credit.
First, my 'how might we' statements. Here's how I modified my problem statements from last week:
- How might we make it easier to find places to park in the winter?
- How might we make it easier for people to plan their evenings around bad weather?
Since I wasn't able to hold the brainstorming session, I also wasn't able to play my new improv game. The game I would've played was a 'yes and' form of pictionary. The idea was one person would start out drawing something. After 15 seconds, this person would pass the note card to the person on his or her left. The new artist would then have to 'yes and' the original drawing by making an addition to the note card. To make sure the energy stayed high and everyone felt involved, each artist making an addition would only have 5 seconds to draw something before having to pass again. The only part that really comes from pictionary is that people would be drawing images quickly in front of a group.
I liked this idea because it would've gotten people's drawing muscles warmed up, gotten them comfortable putting their quickly drawn images in front of the group, and gotten the group used to accepting ideas from others.