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o   Invitation to thinktanking:
     Why Civilizations Rise and Fall ...

o   Introduction:  Free Resources

o   Preface:  Einstein and Socrates
Two historically powerful systems of thought combined

o   Discovering the Best Answer Yourself
A guide to using your personal resources to find good answers for almost any problem, situation, or opportunity.

o   Taxonomy of Methods
An organized guide to these and all other such creative problem-solving (CPS) techniques.

o   Solving Problems
Equipped with the right tools, YOU are more than a match for almost any problem, challenge or opportunity.

o   Solving Problems Now
In these difficult times, you already have the techniques to solve many of the daunting problems facing society...

o   A Huge Untapped Resource
Turn Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) Methods into Learning Methods.

o   Additional Techniques
A growing reference list with links to other techniques worth using, posted elsewhere on this site.

o   Special Letter to Creativity Leaders
Our response to several congratulatory letters recently received regarding our breakthrough success at St. Andrews Country Day School in Buffalo, NY.

o   Opportunity for CPS in Schools and Education
Every one of the hundreds of different methods for creativity and for ingeniously solving problems, now successfully in professional use around the world, can also serve as an amazingly effective method for learning.

o   How to Wield Your Idea Butterfly Net
Recording your ideas reinforces the habit of being observant, perceptive and creative, and it strengthens your own high creativity.


There are now hundreds of different methods for creatively and ingeniously solving problems which are successfully in professional use around the planet.

o   Welcome to Image-Streaming
A Practical "Talking Paper" on Image-Streaming Training.

o   Image-Streaming
Calling online the deeper, subconscious powers of your mind through visual imagery and verbal focusing. Includes group instructions.

o   Key Follow-Ups on Image-Streaming
Checklists to ensure you get to do the real thing—and get to experience the real benefits.

  Write More Freely and Effectively
An immediate path for any writing task! No waiting for inspiration, no writer's block.

o   An Immediate Path for Any Creative Task
It works every time, as easy as watching a movie in your mind.

o   Windtunnel
This process has become a favorite among many creativity experts and creative problem-solving professionals.

o   Win-Win Finder
Incentive Equilibrium analysis finds solutions so both sides win.

o   High Thinktank
Application of post-Einsteinian discovery technique, including a 30-day challenge for you.

o   Toolbuilder
Using your best problem-solving methods to find even better methods.

o   Simply Waking Up With the Answer
Some easy methods to let you find answers overnight, or sooner.

o   Double-Entry A-Ha! Method (DEAM)
A really simple, easy, idea-generating and problem-solving device.

o   Evoked Sidebands
An adventure in building understanding.

o   Gravel Gulch
An easy 4-step procedure of stretching to see further possibilities.

o   Beachhead
Visualizing the future to bring back innovations as yet not dreamed of today.

o   Over the Wall
A guided imagery technique that leads you to discover answers waiting for you on the other side of a wall.

o   The Melville Pattern
Describing anything in excruciating detail unlocks an endless stream of fractal imagination and creativity. Guest article by Silvia Hartmann.

o   Beyond Methods
A 20-point checklist for success in problem-solving.

o   Dynamic Format
Simple procedures for running better, more productive meetings, groups, clubs and classes.
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Creative Problem-Solving, Genius-Level Creativity, and YOU —

Free Resources, immediately yours to use
with whatever situation


Find, right here, and use today if you like, on as many different questions
as you like, this information and these or other
specific methods for solution-finding.

Most people don't know that they can be very creative and ingenious, but various enterprises in the worldwide movement in creative problem-solving have been training tens of thousands of people into high levels of creativity and ingenuity for better than a half-century. During that stretch of time, I have made a career out of developing readily used methods which anyone can learn and practice and use on the problems they most want to solve. See the free Directory which links you to twenty-some different and likewise free methods and techniques of creative problem-solving provided on this website, step by easy specific step. That Directory is pretty well loaded already, but I'm trying to persuade my colleagues in the movement to expand that Directory from their own methodology to be a truly interdisciplinary world resource accessible to anyone who can get onto the Web. Meanwhile, here is a kind of overall step-by-specific step:

  1. Decide what question you want to answer or what problem to solve. (Sometimes your definition of this will change as you work on it—and that happening is all to the good, signifying that your perceptions of the issue are evolving.) Generally pick a question or problem that you would dearly love to get good answer to, one that is truly worthwhile solving, one whose likely outcome is a "win" for everyone who would be affected by its solution. You can use as many different methods as you please, on as many different problems as you please. There is no need to ration, but pick one definite one to start.

  2. Write down the question or problem. That's important psychologically—now you are doing something to the problem instead of it doing things to you. Be as specific as you can, so you can pick away at parts of the problem and carry them away into solution, reducing what remains of the difficulty. It's the undefined problem which vaguely looms so large as to seem overwhelming and imponderable.

  3. Go to the Directory and pick one of the methods described therein that it links to. Choose which method to try using with the chosen question or problem.

  4. Follow the specific steps of that chosen method, to discover within your own perceptions fresh understandings and an ingenious answer or solution to the topic that you are addressing. Expect and intend to be surprised at what emerges as your experience and your answer. This gives your mind "permission" to show you what you hadn't been consciously aware of before. I have been a member of too many discussion groups which, while entertaining, never solved anything because they were too comfortable just sitting back and hurling their fixed opinions at each other. For nearly everyone, and for nearly everything, what we expect the answer to be is the main thing preventing us from seeing the real answer.

  5. Follow then these instructions — they go with any other method of creative problem-solving (there are hundreds of such methods!) and go a long way to helping insure accuracy of your results.

Working with an external focus such as a friend, a spouse, or, in a pinch, an audio recorder and note pad as your "live listener" to whom to describe your perceptions which arise at each step of your experience, does wonders for the range and power of your creative ingenuity and problem-solving.

Given the right tools, YOU are more than a match for almost any problem, challenge, opportunity or question you might ever encounter. You are the world expert on your own problems, the best person to call upon in tackling them. These are a few of the right tools. And: You are brighter than you think.

As tools with which to figure things out, methods for creative problem-solving are also great for teaching, training, and learning-with-understanding. 3 Easy Tactics To Use In Your Classroom illustrates how even the simplest creative problem-solving techniques can easily be used to better than double the rate, range and quality of intellectual progress. Some validity for these techniques may be inferred from these test results.


In short—

To get started, line up for handy use-in-flow, for your adventure today in breakthrough solution-finding, the following:

  • These instructions
  • A live listener-partner to whom to describe perceptions and experiences.
  • A notepad or audio recorder for that same purpose and to record and keep track.
  • The Directory, which for handy use you might want to print out.
  • For handy use, the instructions for whichever solution-finding method you decide to use —
    — good to start with are Windtunnel for group use; or for solo, personal, individual use, Freenoting can be recommended.
  • The general instructions and guidance from Best Answer, which you might also want to print out for easier, handier use.
  • You might also want to print out for handy use the instructions for either Crab Apple or DEAM, either one of which makes an excellent follow-up "second whammy" to obtain additional new insights on the problem-situation you have just Freenoted or Windtunneled.
Find a comfortable place in which you can write, and set aside 30-50 uninterrupted minutes in which to astonish yourself.

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Additional Techniques Worth Using

  • Borrowed Genius
    Ask yourself, "What would a genius do?"

  • Idea Generator
    for breakthroughs in science research.

  • Mutual Listening
    for miracles in the classroom.

  • Effective Problem-Solving: Using What We Know
    Includes updates to the Windtunnel method.

  • Windtunnel!!!
    Insights from torrential outpourings.

  • Freenoting
    The original torrential-outpour technique which pulls your best answers into focus of conscious awareness. Same dynamics as with "Windtunnel," only in a version which you can work when alone without a partner.

  • "Build Ability to Understand"
    A great way to build your full understanding until your a-ha! comes. Just run this procedure in the context of your problem or issue situation, without trying to force it to yield a specific answer, and see what emerges for you.

  • Crabapple
    Use metaphor to find answers.

  • Walk in the Woods
    Attention-catchers give clues.

  • Two Experiments
    Quick ways to get great answers — Basic Associative Process and Three Doors, exploring and using the instant problem-solving associative reflexes of your mind.

  • AAA — Ask, Aware, Answer
    Christopher Gooch offers good tools to heighten awareness and let your subconscious find the answers for you.

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