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Brainstorming

A usually informal meeting in which participants try to think of ideas to solve a problem or accomplish a goal. The idea behind brainstorming is to come up with as many suggestions as possible, in hopes that one of them will stand up to scrutiny and become the solution. Criticism is discouraged during brainstorming, and participants are encouraged to discuss unusual proposals and to build upon what others say. This is a common and useful way to solve problems both in business and in other situations.

brainstorming

a technique for generating ideas in which members of a group express ideas as they think of them. The object is to compile a list of ideas which can subsequently be considered and evaluated in greater depth. It is often recommended as a means of stimulating creativity when a group is experiencing difficulties in generating new ideas or solutions to apparently intractable problems. However, it is uncertain whether the ideas so generated are of any greater value than those arising in more conventional discussions. See DELPHI TECHNIQUE, NOMINAL GROUP TECHNIQUE.
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Cardella said, was to organize a brain-storming session.
We are keen on this outstanding initiative since it was first launched, and today we are proud of the unprecedented welcome it received, which resulted in the largest world-wide brain-storming session with an outcome of more than 65,000 idea to develop two very important sectors -- health and education.
Pupils came up with the idea of a community garden for homeless people after brain-storming about charities they wanted to help.
The discussion initially began with in-depth, brain-storming sessions with Gary Ingle, (then President) Gail Berenson and Phyllis Pieffer, who continued to work closely with us throughout the process.
The brain-storming session chaired by Gupta discussed instances of Maoist attacks in Bihar and Jharkhand, including the hijacking of a passenger train by the rebels on Wednesday.
This brain-storming session is to take place at Lukes Lane Community Association at 7pm today.
Now council chiefs are inviting residents to a number of brain-storming sessions on how to make the most of the borough's assets.
Tories lamely claimed the similarity was "pure coincidence" and that the catchphrase had come out of brain-storming sessions.
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