Who What When Where Why

Monday, 05 August 2013   |   Creativity Games

Who? What? When? Where? Why?This week we're setting the scene.

Game:  There are 5 words listed below.  Your aim is to answer the questions Who? What? When? Where? Why?  Use one word for each answer.  Aim for coherency (ie. all the answers relate),  humor and craziness are fun too.

  • staple
  • ring
  • press
  • turtle
  • empire

Challenge: For extra challenge, try and use the words in abstract ways.

Strategy:  This is an effective means to stimulate creative thinking.  What we are doing here is a mixture of fixed rules,  freedom and a touch of randomness.  The fixed rules (the questions) give us a target and keep us on track.  We tend to stay in our comfort zone however and the random words force us out of there.  The freedom to do with them whatever we like is what launches our creative thinking. 

What we have done is place a loose,  abstract structure over our normal rigid structure in order to create a situation where we have to think differently.  When you have a need to be creative,  look at the current situation and what your comfort zone is.  Then create a structure or set of rules that will force you to be innovative and creative in how you approach the objective.

 

Get creative, join in below.