BIG Brainstorming

Every time I print, pack and ship our magical Circle Around templates I’m almost giddy with excitement, wondering how they’ll be used this time.  I just love Circle Arounds.  I love the simplicity of a circle for gathering themes, brainstorming ideas, or discovering connections. I love the complexity of a circle to go deeper into connections, provide a holistic view, engage creativity.

Recently, I shipped ten wall size Circle Arounds, they’re BIG, 4’ x 3’ in size.   I learned they’ll be used for Brainstorming Ideas.  YAY!  I imagine a room full of people coming together to brainstorm and make new, innovative connections.  The room itself is prepared to enhance the power of people’s hearts and minds — colorful markers, sticky notes, sharpies, and other cool tools that encourage creativity.

For perspective, ten wall sized Circle Arounds collectively take up 120 square feet.  On a wall it might be 20ft x 6ft, or 40ft x 3ft.  WOW, that’s BIG brainstorming!  Hmmm … Or maybe they’ll be used on ten tables with people sitting in a circle having a brainstorming conversation.

I happily imagine what the brainstormers will learn when they step back and see the patterns, move from table to table (or wall to wall), have discussion about the common connections and themes,  bring their seed ideas into focus,  and converge on the top most intriguing or most applicable or most stretching ideas … and then create action steps.

I just love CIRCLE AROUND templates. Magic!

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About Linda Dudek

I stand in appreciation and wonder of the skill, talents and expertise people bring to their teams & communities. A trained chemical engineer/chemist (UMich ‘85, Kalamazoo College ‘84) who grew up in a household of educators, I naturally connect my love of science and learning, appreciation of others and facilitative leadership skills to inspire others to go for their dreams. As Co-founder of AH HA! and IdeaConnect I’ve put my graphic facilitator skills to work with teams that want to learn and create knowledge, especially through the LearningConnect® approach created by my partner, Lynette McCormack; I’ve harnessed my passion for personal development to share journaling workshops and a mother & teen daughter workshop, Women in Progress, to facilitate personal visioning that also deepens the mother-daughter relationship; I’ve managed the IdeaConnect product & printing business since 2009, which means I get to oversee the product development, creation and order fulfillment of our beautiful cool tools. I’ve enjoyed presenting at IFT, ASTM, ICSI, Pegasus Conference about experiential learning and facilitative leadership; and at my local elementary school about Sweden. Some of my favorite learning experiences have been at the Creativity Cruises, Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), Structural Thinking Fundamentals with Robert Fritz and interactions with youth through science, art and reading. I relearn every day the importance of Generations to connect, listen to one another, and truly collaborate.

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