Story Cubes

Type of record:
  • activation method
  • creativity technique
  • tool
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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Stories to roll dice with. The original Story Cubes (commercially available tool) encourage creativity, imagination and the desire to tell stories. Story Cubes consist of nine game cubes that have small pictures instead of numbers or points - from the Indian tent to the turtle to the walking stick and much more.

You can use the dice just at the beginning of an idea or to loosen up after a few idea rounds. The Cubes can be used for almost all topics. A participant rolls all nine dice and creates/invents a story/idea from them. Only the initial sentence should be adapted to the topic and coordinated in advance.
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for low complexity challenges
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • P5 Idea Finding (Idea Generation - Creative Phase - Incubation)
  • P6 Idea enrichment (idea combination - idea integration)
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