Rapid Idea Generation (RIG)
A process we learned from TELUS Spark, a RIG helps teams be creative together, generate new ideas, and look at a problem from different perspectives.
This Gets You
…to generate a whole lot of ideas; to consolidate ideas; to physically manifest the idea so that everyone can see the idea; to identify patterns and trends in ideas.
Keep in Mind
…it has to be connected to a real problem that you are actually working on. It has to be open-ended, something you don’t have a set answer to. A RIG is not good at providing specific, actionable answers but rather it helps groups explore design opportunities and generate new ideas.
How do you run a RIG?
- Set up the room with lots of making materials, tools, and space that allows participants to cluster in teams of three and remove all chairs.
- Divide group into group of 3-5.
- Go over the rules of the RIG and introduce to students the challenge they will be RIGing.
- Set the clock for 20-30 min and participants begin discussing and assembling their first ideas.
- When you call time, spend 10 minutes doing a round of presenting ideas/debriefing. Document each team’s result and then disassemble everything. (This symbolically detaches people from owning their ideas.)
- Assign new groups of three and set the clock for 20-30 min, then run it again.
- Call time and spend 10 minutes presenting, documenting and disassembling.
- At the end of the session there is a collection of ideas that can be drawn on later
RIG Copyright TELUS Spark.
What materials do you need?
A material rich environment is the most important element of a successful RIG. Raw materials can include anything participants can build with (cardboard, plastic tubes, bags, yogurt containers, fabric, bottles, wires, etc.
Rules of the RIG
- Everyone in the room and their ideas are equal.
- Everyone participates in the challenge, even the facilitator or teacher
- Everyone needs to trust everyone else. What happens in the room, stays in the room. Everyone must be allowed to fail, look silly, and know that they will be respected.
- No one is allowed to mock anyone else or challenge anyone’s ideas.
- No one owns any particular idea.
- No distractions/interruptions are allowed once the RIG begins.