Presuppositions Technique Introduction
The presuppositions technique is a brainstorming technique that is applied in the divergent phase of a brainstorming session. In this phase, ideas are generated using various creative techniques. The presuppositions technique is one of the creative techniques that can be easily applied, but offers a different view of the question.
Presuppositions are thinking patterns that automatically occur when a person deals with a problem or question. They naturally occur in individuals when thinking about the problem or question, consciously or unconsciously. This can be caused by a certain context or how the problem or question is formulated. So presuppositions are naturally in human thinking, which is very valuable.
In brainstorming sessions, presuppositions can have a limiting effect on divergence. This makes it difficult to look at a problem or question in a different way. By temporarily eliminating obstructive presuppositions, thinking patterns are broken and vision changes occur.
Using the presuppositions technique in the divergent phase of a brainstorming session, conscious and hidden presuppositions can be identified. So that these, with a delay of judgment, can be temporarily disabled during the session. By using presuppositions and turning the reality around, original ideas arise.
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Executing the Method
Step 1: Dissect the starting wording
Review the starting wording made and its purpose, write it down. Select some crucial terms associated with this. Write these crucial terms on post-its.
Step 2: Find assumptions
Find out for each word the presuppositions associated with it or connected with their context. Write all presuppositions per term on post-its.
Step 3: Invert
Then ask the question for each presupposition; what if this presupposition does not hold or what if the presuppositions are reversed. Write these insights on post-its.
Step 4: Resocating
Use these new insights to come up with new ideas for each presupposition dissected. In this way, new ideas have emerged from the starting formulation.
Advantages & Disadvantages
It requires a different way of thinking, which is often seen as difficult or difficult. But by taking extra time for the presuppositions technology, new insights and ideas arise.