Listing without discussing

This well-known activity, traditionally known as brainstorming, is frequently invaluable. It involves a small group making a list without any discussion in the first instance.

If it goes well, with everyone feeling able and willing to contribute, existing knowledge is activated and pooled, and an atmosphere of openness and mutual trust is established.

Listing without discussing does not come naturally. It can therefore be valuable and fun to practise it with non-serious material. For example: ‘In one minute write down objects in this room’. Then: ‘In a further minute write down things in this room that are unlikely to be on any other group’s list’.

The next stage, when lists are made for a serious purpose, is to sort and prioritize the ideas that have been generated.

All the activities in this pack can involve the making of lists without discussion as part of the learning.


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