A way of using different perspectives to help generate fresh ideas
Use the alternative worlds template to investigate how a successful organization or group outside your domain would approach a given issue. Doing so requires a deep understanding of their culture, practices, and procedures, in order to determine what aspects can be appropriated for your purposes.
Adopting the perspective of a completely different domain is a novel way to shift perspective and uncover potentially breakthrough ideas.
In this section detail each step of the process in using the Mural template. These steps may be taken directly from the template itself.
The first step is to define the problem you’re trying to solve with your brainstorming. This can be done before the meeting and participants can also be assigned pre-work to ensure that you get the maximum engagement and impact during synchronous brainstorming.
Here’s where you can ensure that everyone has the right context before you begin—outline the alternative worlds approach and go over the alternative perspectives you’ve decided to examine during the session.
The Mural alternative worlds template provides examples and suggestions across the following categories:
Once you’ve selected your alternative worlds, try to immerse your participants in each one of the alternative worlds as much as possible to help understand different perspectives.
Use Mural’s private mode, or even asynchronous brainstorming, to have each participant think through the challenge from the perspectives included in the exercise.
When all participants have contributed their ideas across the alternative worlds you’ve included, bring the group back together and use Mural’s anonymous voting to select the best ideas across the team.
To get the most out of an alternative worlds brainstorming exercise, you should:
By choosing relevant alternate realities, participants will be more likely to generate ideas that are useful and valuable.
Make sure that participants understand the purpose of the exercise and how to use the provided template or guidelines.
Make sure that everyone has a chance to contribute and that ideas are built upon and refined through collaboration.
Don't be afraid to explore unconventional ideas or to deviate from the provided guidelines if it leads to new and innovative solutions.
Identify next steps or actions to take based on the ideas generated and ensure that they are followed up on to maximize the value of the exercise.