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Jul 14, 2013



Interesting, Ed!
Recently I facilitated a futuring session for 60 people from around the world working on a key product area for a top tech company. I created a dozen unique cards and gave each team of 5-6 a set of cards in an envelope. If the team felt they were running dry, they could open the envelope and pull any card. Some of the questions were "oblique" like the ones you highlight, some where empathy-focused, i.e., "What do you want from this product if you're a teen girl in China with the only smart phone in your family?"
About half the groups opened their envelopes, and they found the exercise useful.


Thanks, Pam--that's a great exercise. I like the sense of mystery created by the sealed envelope and the mix of cryptic and empathic questions. I think that Oblique Strategies works so well because so many of its cryptic questions shine a light on unspoken assumptions I'm holding and they jar me (in a pleasant way) into a more open mindset, and I suspect your cards did something similar.

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