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Creative tools > Challenge
Use it to force yourself or other people out of a thinking rut.
Use it to test out ideas for validity.
Use it to challenge the problem or situation you are considering when initially defining the problem.
Take a part of the problem
Select all or part of the problem domain that you are going to challenge. Perhaps it is something that has been particularly difficult to be creative around.
Challenge it in some way
Find something to challenge and question it deeply. You can challenge many things, including:
I want to help get people out of a shop when there is a fire.
Challenging boundaries: break the front window and all walk out together.
Challenging sacred cows: put them in the safe with the money.
Challenging either-or: Use them to put out the fire.
One way in which we deal with the complexity of the world is to make assumptions about many things. Our pattern-matching ability is a great help in allowing us to take short-cuts but it often ends up in us not noticing many things. If we do not take deliberate and conscious action, our subconscious will let many assumptions pass by unnoticed.