Creativity, idea generation, problem solving

Martin Leith, a UK-based consultant specializing in co-creation is a pretty bright guy. He has assembled the most complete list of techniques on creating new ideas and creativity tricks and tools that I have ever seen at: My favorite is:


Backward Mapping


Also known as Backcasting
Working Backwards
Related methods
Originator(s) Not known
Explanation This highly effective method is missing from most textbooks on problem solving.You imagine that the future has arrived and the problem has been solved or the outcome has been achieved.Then you look back at the significant steps you took to arrive there.There are three main ways of doing this:

  • In your imagination
  • On a large sheet of paper
  • By walking an imaginary Timeline on the floor, representing your past, present and future. (Timeline work forms part of Neuro Linguistic Programming.)
Links and more info
Neuro-Linguistic Programming entry in Martin Leith’s Jargon Explained webpage
“What Is NLP?” section of NLP University website
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