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Brain writing is an idea-generating method that involves everyone in a group activity. While brainstorming encourages a group to generate creative ideas verbally where, without censorship, only the most vocal people tend to participate. Brain writing enables a group to generate ideas and solutions to several problems/issues simultaneously on paper. The group involvement is focused and individualistic, yet it taps into collective input as participants build on each other's ideas.
Brain writing is described by Neill McKee (former Chief, PCIS, UNICEF Bangladesh) with Dr. Hermann Tillman and Dr. Maria Salas in their Visualization in Participatory Programs Manual (1993) used during planning processes for social mobilization and communication in UNICEF-supported programmes in Bangladesh. Using a combination of facilitation tools, VIPP has its roots from Latin America and Germany. These are derived from key works by Paulo Freire, Orlando Fals Borda and Eberhard Schnelle (Metaplan) among others.
Pros and Cons of this method:
Etiquette for participants:
Similar to Brainstorming, this method can also be combined with online tools such as:
From a WorldFish Center session: