London Creativity Night kick-off

As part of “Do something you’ve always wanted to, but never got around to” month we held the first ever London Creativity Night tonight at the famous Garrison Public House.

The evening was filled with brainstorming and idea generation, building on “sketch-your-ideas”, by introducing the SCAMPER technique:

  • Substitute
  • Combine
  • Adapt
  • Magnify / Modify
  • Put to other uses
  • Eliminate
  • Re-arrange / Reverse

Key learnings from the night:

  • Usability tip #4: When running group exercises, make sure to have very clear, concise instructions. Anything else just leads to chaos and confusion.
  • Side-benefit #5: Gathering ideas in a group gives momentum to brainstorming, as people inspire each other and offer new perspectives.
  • Follow-up idea #2: Varying the venue and type of activity of the creativity group could be very stimulating. For example, meet in a museum, have a guest speaker or invite a creative professional join.
  • Time saver #2: Use pre-made power-point slides where possible to quickly distribute information on exercises without wasting paper.