Innovation warm up for large groups

Explore a theme from many angles, become wiser, and build a solid base for creative solutions to the challenge you have chosen to work on.

  1. Lay several Magnum sets out on the floor. You must have at least four cards per participant.
  2. Ask all participants to find a picture card that says something about the theme you are going to work on. For instance: What does good health mean to you? What is job satisfaction? What is good customer service? What characterises a good project? What creates value at our workplace? Or simply: What do you expect from today’s workshop?
  3. Ask participants to form two groups of exactly the same size and line up in an inner and an outer circle, facing each other.
  4. Each participant tells the person in front of him/her about his or her card. When everybody has had a chance to talk, the outer circle moves three steps to the right. Again, the participants tell the person in front of them about their card. Repeat the process three or four times or as long as there is energy left.
  5. Gather the group in one large circle and ask one of the participants to conclude on the input he or she has had. Then ask the group if others have met different viewpoints or impressions, and have them share these with the group. Repeat until all perspectives have been shared.
  6. Now the theme of the day has been thoroughly explored and described from many angles, and you and the group are ready and well prepared to start generating innovative ideas and solutions to the challenge you are going to work on.

When participants have listened to others, they can use their own picture cards as inspiration for adding something positive/relevant/factual to what has just been told.



Innovation is discovering, developing and applying new ideas in known workflows and processes. Give innovation a boost with images.



90% of the brain’s sensory input comes from visual sources. Images start thought tracks in the brain. If they cross each other in new combinations, new ideas emerge.



Creativity unfolds when we use imagery and try to combine different and seemingly independent motifs with each other.