Ideas Centres

Creativity, stimulation, provocation, naivety, leading to Innovation

Ideas Centres are progressively being rolled out in towns and cities across the UK – see for list of current locations.

Focusing on organisational transformation, an Ideas Centre provides a forum for regular practice and experiential learning of creativity techniques and facilitation along with a framework for embedding within member organisations. Members will have access to 6 half-day meetings each year, with 2 places per meeting for each member:

– Duration 3 hours each

– Introduce new creative problem solving techniques

– Develop in-house facilitators

– Provide a “naive” forum for “challenge solving” for member organisations

– Guest (inspirational) speakers to challenge and provoke the thought processes


Creativity workshops will introduce and explore a core toolkit of techniques, including:


Problem Exploration

– Boundary Examination

– Structured Questioning

– Multiple-Cause Analysis


Idea Generation

– Bionics

– Brainsketching

– Greetings Cards

– Reversal

– Superheroes

– Synectics


Highly hands-one, participants will be provided with experience to “go it alone” – understanding the principles that under-pin the techniques sufficiently to then introduce the techniques into their own organisations via in-house Creativity Clubs.


ideas centre imageFacilitators will learn the principles of improvisation – “listen, yes, commit” – quite different from traditional facilitation skills, designed to challenge traditional thinking and promote the generation of new ideas.

Member organisations will be encouraged to establish in-house Creativity Clubs – meeting on a monthly basis in the first instance, providing a vehicle for the systematic introduction of provocative thinking. Meetings will last no more than 1 hour, involving 5 or 6 members of staff for each meeting –including Problem Owner and Facilitator.



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