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The Dreamer. The Realist. The Critic.

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The Dreamer. The Realist. The Critic.
A brilliantly simple and efficient approach to identifying magical ideas - from a guy named Walt. "You can't just let nature run wild." - Walt Disney Walt Disney was a visionary, an accomplished businessman, and a creative mind that set the imagination free. How was he able to achieve all this?

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Filtering Ideas

Filtering Ideas

Walt Disney was a visionary, an accomplished businessman, and a creative mind that set the imagination free. And he did that not by letting every whim and fancy go wild, but by filtering ideas through a process to weed out the mediocre from the iconic.

His process utilized three stages. In each stage, his team would take on a specific role and approach the process of generating ideas from the vantage point of the Dreamer, the Realist, and the Critic.

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The Dreamer

The Dreamer

To generate Ideas, a dreamer is allowed to provide ideas, big or small, weird, wild or charming, without any rules.  He does not have to worry about the details on 'HOW' or the costs of the idea.

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The Practical Realist

Taking the free-wheeling imaginations, the realist evaluates the feasibility, practicality, and achievability of the ideas. He can also organize, simplify or clarify the idea at this stage.

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The Critic

The critic asks the tough questions and gives a strength test to the idea. He is adept at finding weaknesses and question the premises and assumptions.

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Distilled Ideas

Distilled Ideas

The process of filtering an idea by dreamers, realists and critics weed out mediocre and bad ideas. The ones left are the golden ideas.

This process bridges the gap from imagination to reality.

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Building a better brainstorm

Everyone can learn to brainstorm better - it’s a process like any other. 

And the beauty of a process is that it can be taught, learned, and shared. 

How To Brainstorm Like A Googler

  1. Know the user: To solve a big question, you first have to focus on the user you’re solving it for–then everything else will follow. So we go out in the field and talk to people.
  2. Think 10x: It’s about trying to improve something by 10 times rather than by 10%.
  3. Prototype: Take action. You want to strike when the iron is hot–you don’t want to walk away or agree to follow talk with more talk.

Brainstorming guidelines

  1. Build on each others’ ideas
  2. Generate lots of ideas. Quantity is more important than quality, so really let loose. 
  3. Write headlines. Being able to describe an idea in less than 6 words helps you clarify it. 
  4. Illustrate. Pictures are usually louder than words and harder to misinterpret.
  5. Think big. Invite bold ideas.
  6. Defer judgment.