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Gratitude Brainstorming Time

Project members present each other gratitude experiences of a day as many as possible like brainstorm at the end of workday.

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Idea Title

Gratitude Brainstorming Time (GBT)

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

GBT increases a sensitivity to thankful events and people who experienced this work will be able to find out even trivial thankful events as normal. One of the biggest obstacles is the habituation toward thankful events, which is a phycological phenomenon that people gradually do not react to a signal when they receive similar signals many times. During work, people become insensitive to other's thankful doing because there are a lot of similar tasks. The key is lowering threshold to gratitude. So, like brainstorming, remembering a lot of gratitude things of one day make people re-finding out trivial thankful events. Anyway, GBT is really easy, no additional money and fun!

Who are you innovating for?

All employees.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

Any workplaces are okay.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

HR will introduce the Gratitude Brainstorming Time (GBT) as a new rule at first and project managers will lead.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

Just introduce the time some organizations and try.

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

Developing tools to make people fun doing it.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

Imagined and Considered human's mechanism about gratitude to create ideas to publish it at this challenge.

Tell us about yourself

Trained at which is a innovation program of The University of Tokyo and

Where are you / your team located?

In Tokyo.


Tell us about your experience

Intern at i.lab (Innovation Consultancy)


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Hi Kanta Yamagata ,

Great to see you in the Ideas Phase of the Challenge! I'm curious about what would incentivize people to participate in this initiative?

Also, is there any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

Please update your post within the next hour! The Ideas Phase closes today at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Excited to learn more!

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