What’s the structure of a Brain Exchange?
In our model, we meet one night every 3 months (but we can meet more often if there’s interest). We operate under the agreement that everyone present will follow the guidelines and is committed to creating a safe space for people to be creative and to share their ideas.
What happens at a meeting?
We begin promptly at the announced time. We do a round in which each person gets to say her name and a short introduction. The facilitator reads the guidelines and we then move to using cards to select people to brainstorm that evening. We help them formulate their brainstorming question ( four or five minutes); we brainstorm their question (five minutes) while someone records the brainstorms. When the five minutes are up we immediately move on to the next question. We take a fifteen minute break about 90 minutes into the process, then reconvene for the final 45 minutes. During the break, people get to network and talk about their common interests…see our brainstorming guidelines for more detail
How do you formulate a good brainstorming question?
We let the person talk BRIEFLY about the problem/issue and interrupt with clarifying questions. Then we simply feed it back in the form of a simple open question. Sometimes it helps to narrow the original question and sometimes to broaden it. We check with the person who is asking the question to see if this new formulation feels OK and gets to the heart of their question.. And we quickly move to brainstorming…see our brainstorming guidelines for more detail