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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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Apparently the new (and presumably politically correct) phrase for brain-storming is now - wait for it - 'Blue Sky Thinking'.
Most of the fund-raising gets off the ground after brain-storming sessions over a pint or two.
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One of the simplest exercises that companies can undertake in this regard, be they large or small, is to spend time brain-storming with top talent, because brands are both democratic and imperial in their governance and ownership.
A flurry of reports from the Establishment media following Bush's unveiling of the new super agency informed us that the mammoth reorganization had been the handiwork of a super-secret cadre of White House staffers led by Andrew Card, who hammered out the plan in a marathon six-week brain-storming session.
In brain-storming exercises, for instance, this means people feeling powerful and satisfied when others listen and consider their ideas.
In fact, the next couple of months may be the best time to start brain-storming.
"This is a fully digital conference space that will enhance corporate functions, from training seminars and brain-storming sessions to product launches and board meetings," said Bob Vanech, founder and president of Eureka Broadband.
The Foreign Minister says the Egyptians were told the negotiations are just a chat, or brain-storming session.
But we still work closely with our sister local by attending board meetings together and brain-storming solutions to common problems.
SINN Fein members were last night gathered at a secret location in the west of Ireland for a brain-storming session on the peace process.
The ACM Mumbai Chapter provides a forum for sharing and facilitating access to high-quality Technical information through seminars, discussions and brain-storming sessions, and video screenings.