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Family brainstorm

The 'brainstorm in a box' makes a perfect conversation starter at home.

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One of the best parts of OpenIDEO to me is how off-line and on-line social activism can be integrated. 

One happy memory for me is sitting down with my parents in Norway (in sleeping bags outdoor in the snow!) using the 'Brainstorm in a Box' tool to come up with ideas for the Australian food challenge. Not only did the brainstorm spark a lot of ideas, it also created a constructive conversation about food and eating patterns in my family. I can really recommend brainstorming with your parents/kids, it creates a great bond and even though you might be trying to tackle a large, global challenge - I found that concrete, local ideas also emerge, which the family can take action upon straight away. 

(On the sideline, I can note that the brainstorm took place when I was evacuated from the Tohoku earthquake in Japan. My family and I created another brainstorm to find ways to assist with the relief work - which resulted in us putting together a fundraising event in 5 days, to collect money for the Red Cross. The OpenIDEO brainstorm definitely served as a source of inspiration to us!)

Congratulations and thank you OpenIDEO, it has been an exciting year - and I cant wait to see what great things we can all celebrate in one years time!

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I think that this is gonna be fun! One thing that came to my mind was Dave Gray's book 'Gamestorming'. The book illustrates how we can turn brainstorming into a collaborate game. Worth checking out! :)