The Set Up
To prepare for the brainstorm (which I held at my apartment), I rearranged a bit to have a setup where the participants were in a circle and there was a free wall to post ideas.
My Roommate's Reaction:
Carefully and delicately hand picked
I tried to ask people with different interests and personalities so as to spark different avenues when exploring ideas.
-social work major at Augsburg
-college level swimmer
-does not currently participate in snow activities
-grew up in Minnesota
-agriculture and food business management major at the U
-currently participates in snow activities including sledding on baking pans (which she both does and does not recommend)
-tends to look at things from a different perspective
-has lived in Oklahoma, Illinois, London, and Minnesota
-statistics major at the U
-grew up in a suburb of Chicago
-often does activities resembling improv games
-sometimes plays in snow
-went to school for M.I.S. (computer/business)
-currently works as a business intelligence engineer at NativeX (app company)
-grew up in southern Minnesota
-plays ice hockey sometimes and was in charge of snowplowing family's driveway growing up
The Improv Game
To help them become comfortable with each other and get their creative brain juices flowing, I had them do a few warm-up games. This included ones we learned at HUGE and one that I invented.
Spiderman is great because...
This game is a conglomeration of clams are great and zip zap zop. The players stand in a circle. The first player says a reason why spiderman is great and then does a motion resembling spiderman shooting his web to choose another player. The chosen player then must say a reason why spiderman is great.
The Brain Nuggets (Ideas)
After everyone was warmed up, I introduced the first question to them. When things got slow, I presented the tricks to spark creativity that we learned in class such as random words, rolestorming, random objects, and negative brainstorming or bad ideas.
Question 1: How might we carry snowballs more easily?
1. Woof Pack: Your dog carries it for you!
2. Pipe Shooter: Cooling Carrier Backpack that doubles as a shooting device!
3. Snow Scooper-Matic: Not only carries snowballs, but makes them too!
4. The Wheelchair: Carries you AND your snowballs! Also, shoots off snowballs for you!
5. Hamster Wheel: Have fun carrying your snowballs as you roll to your destination!
Question 2: How might we play in the snow without ruining the grass?
1.Hamster Balls: Save your lawn today! Put your child in a hamster ball!
2.Umbrella Play Area: Thought umbrellas just protected your head from rain? Think again.
3. Air Hockey Snow: Get this new lawn feature and no child's foot will be able to touch your lawn!
4.Rotating Lawn: Worried about your lawn in the winter? Get the rotating lawn and never worry again! It has great summer grass on one side and snow on the other!
5. Bounce: Keep your kids off your lawn in the winter or summer with Bounce! They'll have fun being tethered up and your lawn will thank you!
The Honorable Mentions:
1. 1-800-Snowballs: Need snowball transportation services? Call us up!
2. Snowball Scarf: You'll always be ready to carry snowballs at a moments' notice!
3. Wet Socks: Sick of kids ruining your lawn in the winter? Buy wet socks and your lawn problems will vanish! (see diagram below for details)
The Ratings and Feedback:
After all the ideas were up on the wall, I had them sort and rate the ideas (like we did in class). Blue tape means a new or novel idea and white tape means a good or valuable idea.
Everyone said they had fun, but were also exhausted.
The average IPM was 0.7. They came up with 84 ideas in 30 minutes.