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Random insertion

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few people engage in it.’

HENRY FORD

We couldn’t look at problem solving without considering lateral thinking, the term popularised by Edward de Bono.

It’s a way to ‘jump the tracks’ when we all start thinking along the same lines, solving problems the same old way.

The particular approach to lateral thinking I’m going to cover here uses aleatoricism (don’t ask me how it’s pronounced), which means using randomness. ‘The introduction of chance into the act of creation.’ I’ll just call it random insertion.

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Ask someone to think of a number from 1 to 50 – there’s your random word to use. Or if you have the table printed out big, get someone to close their ...

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