Tips & tricks

  1. An essential step for setting up a sharing culture is to create transparency among partners. Your partners have to realize that nobody knows everything and that external insights can be extremely valuable. The point is that great solutions can come from everybody. Yet collective idea generation is always preferrable. This reduces unwelcome feelings of individual ownership and the related risk of protective behavior.
  2. Detect core problems and values by repeatedly asking yourself why something is a problem. You can get inspiration from imagining ideal situations, reframing threats as opportunities, or going back in time and asking yourself the ‘what if?’ question. 
  3. It is key to search for a common ground where there's a win-win situation for the different partners. Start a dialogue to discover each other's motivations and capabilities.


  • GPS brainstorming kit
    Use the GPS brainstorming kit to structure brainstorming sessions with 12 to 15 participants. The goal is to allow ideas to bubble up, preferably as many as possible. Next, you can cluster and assess the best ones, and start from there to make more concrete plans. This step is all about brainstorming on the various components of your business model, but without wanting to connect them. Finding links and seeing the bigger picture is the next step. Get your own GPS brainstorming kit at Flanders DC.
  • Futurescan Poster
    Board of Innovation has developed the Futurescan poster with more than 200 triggers to get people started. Each trigger looks at the years or decades ahead of us.
  • World Cafe
    This is a structured conversational process that facilitates open and intimate discussions. In addition, it serves to link individual ideas to a larger group's 'collective intelligence'. Participants move between a series of tables, where they respond to a set of questions. These questions are predetermined and adapted to the specific goals of each World Cafe. The cafe-like atmosphere stimulates conversations and discussions. Besides speaking and listening, participants are encouraged to write or doodle on the paper tablecloths. When people change tables, they can see what the previous guests have come up with, in their own words and images. Read more about the World Cafe methodology
  • Cluster and assess
    Cluster the ideas generated during the brainstorm. Cluster analysis (or clustering) means grouping a set of objects in such a way that objects from the same group (i.e. the cluster) are, in some way or another, more similar to each other than to objects from other clusters. This is a main task of exploratory data-mining. Using dot-sticking, you can subsequently assess your ideas and determine priorities. Each partner can vote and defend his ideas in a group discussion.
  • Killer or Booster Round
    This is an idea assessment tool. Should we kill or boost the idea? Read more about the Killer or Booster Round.
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