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  1. Volume 2 Month 6 Day 17 – Ways to kill ideas

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    There are even more ways to kill a new-born idea. Here are just a few. You can probably fill in the rest.

    Ignore it

    Say nothing. Pretend that it was not said. Let it die in silence. Most people can take this hint that they have said something that is not wanted.

    Criticize it

    Say how bad an idea it is. Show yourself to be an expert in such things and that the person offering the idea is not an expert and hence unable to offer any idea of any use.

    Faint praise

    Damn it with faint praise. Say how very interesting it is. Or how it might just work (with the wind in right direction). And by implication how useless it is.

    Laugh at it

    Smirk, giggle, laugh, chortle. Say how funny the idea is. This will be very effective at preventing anyone else taking it seriously.

    Analyse it

    Ask searching questions about it. Of course, as a simple idea, the person offering it will not have thought it through. If you probe far and fast enough, you can tie them up in knots. Then just leave it hanging, like the lawyer who has just crucified a witness.

    Tried it

    Say how the idea has been tried before and found to be completely ineffectual. In doing so, you show how the person in question is only good at coming up with ideas that are of poor quality and are old hat.

    Compete with it

    Come up with a better idea that shows the idea to be not that good. As the new idea is yours, you can either now get the credit or drop it quietly as it has done its job.

    Change it

    Take up the idea enthusiastically and adjust it so that it is no longer recognizable. As

    Shoot the messenger

    Instead of attacking the idea, have a go at the person bringing it up. Tell them that they are no good at creating ideas. That they should not be offering such thoughts here.

    This is particularly effective at putting off other people from offering ideas.

    Give it to a committee

    This is the death kiss for almost any idea. Ensure the committee is made up of people who will argue or delay and end up with nothing in particular being created.

    Vishal Jain

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  2. Volume 2 Month 6 Day 15 – Tools for creating ideas

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    ·        Absence Thinking: Think about what is not there . ·        Art streaming: Keep creating until you get through the blocks. ·        Assumption Busting: Surfacing and challenging unconscious assumptions. ·        Attribute Listing: Listing attributes of objects and then challenging them. ·        Brainstorming: The classic creative method for groups. ·        Braindrawing:... Comment
  3. Volume 2 Month 6 Day 11 – Interesting activities and topics about the Middle Ages for English classes

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    Gargoyles Students design gargoyles for modern buildings, e.g. metal ones for Guggenheim in Bilbao  Armour Students design armour for a present policeman, solider, American football player or teacher in a rough school using medieval technology  Pilgrimage Students play a board game on taking a pilgrimage, role-playing difficult situations such as... Comment

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