Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas. That’s why we did an exercise called Bad Idea Farming in class. We came up with a problem that needs fixing and thought of bad ideas to make it happen. I know this may sound strange, but it helped us think in better and more creative ways. Of course, many of the ideas were ridiculous, but some, the more we thought about them, turned out to be great ideas.
Like Bad Idea Farming, Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono provides a new method of thinking. It teaches a more efficient way for people to think, especially as a group. Each hat represents a different way a person should analyze a subject. The white hat only looks at pure facts, the red hat is for the emotional view on a subject, the black hat is to reveal flaws in an idea, the yellow hat shows the good parts of an idea, the green hat is for more ideas, and the blue hat is to plan the way one thinks about a problem. This thinking method provides a better way of finding solutions to the problem. At a meeting, people can use the six hats to look at a problem in the same way. It helps reduce arguing and makes people think more productively because everyone’s minds are focused on a specific aspect of a subject. It is also a helpful tool to an individual because it helps a person organize his or her thoughts and come up with more ideas.