By: Gerald Wheatly, Arusha Centre Calgary
The February roundtable in Calgary showed how strong the Thinking Hats brainstorming tool is. After creating a broad range of ideas for innovative policies, participants reviewed the different perspectives that could be employed to evaluate strengths and weaknesses. It was a valuable and provocative activity because it showed how many different legitimate measures can be used to evaluate ideas. The activity really took off when paper hats were used by Roundtable participants, starting with a group of participants offering to wear a Thinking Hat and play the part for the group. This bit of theatre simultaneously helped bring humour, break the ice, and stimulate thoughts on the ideas discussed.