Lotus Blossom

A brainstorming method that allows for the organization and visual representation of ideas, leading to the generation of new, thematically-related ideas.

About

The Lotus Blossom technique is a brainstorming method that involves expanding ideas in concentric layers, resembling the petals of a lotus flower. By focusing on a central theme and systematically exploring related topics, it fosters comprehensive and structured ideation. The Lotus Blossom technique is valuable in creative problem-solving, product development, and strategic planning, where exploring multiple dimensions and connections can lead to innovative solutions and holistic thinking.

Suitable for

  • generating new ideas;
  • breaking free from one-dimensional thinking;
  • creating thematically related ideas.

Deliverables

Central Theme

A clearly defined central theme, which is the main problem or topic being explored in the Lotus Blossom session.


Sub-Themes

A list of 8 related sub-themes, each providing a deeper level of exploration and understanding of the central theme.


Lotus Blossom Diagram

A visual representation of the central theme, sub-themes, and ideas, displayed in a grid or matrix format with the central theme in the center and sub-themes branching out from it.


Idea Clusters

Groups of 8 related ideas that emerge from each sub-theme, providing a deeper exploration and understanding of the sub-themes.


Prioritized Ideas

A list of the top ideas generated from the idea clusters, ranked by priority, feasibility, and potential impact.


Insights Report

A document summarizing the key insights, takeaways, and conclusions drawn from the Lotus Blossom session.


Action Plan

A step-by-step plan outlining how the prioritized ideas will be implemented, including activities, resources, timelines, and responsibilities.


Progress Tracking

An ongoing document for tracking the implementation of ideas and measuring their success or impact over time.

Procedure

1

Define the Central Issue

Identify the central issue or question that needs addressing. Write it down in the center of a large sheet of paper or whiteboard, leaving ample space around it for further exploration.

2

Generate Primary Ideas

Around the central issue or question, brainstorm eight related subtopics or supporting ideas. Write them down, encircling the central problem, like petals around the core of a lotus flower.

3

Create Secondary Idea Clusters

Take each of the eight primary ideas and create a new cluster of eight related sub-ideas. These secondary ideas will delve deeper into the issue, supporting and expanding on the primary ideas.

4

Repeat for Tertiary Ideas (optional)

Optionally, you can further break down each secondary idea into eight tertiary ideas. This is useful for more complex issues or when more detailed exploration is required.

5

Identify Emerging Themes

Look for common themes and patterns across the clusters of ideas. Identify any insights that stand out and how these themes relate to the central issue.

6

Select and Prioritize

Select the most relevant, innovative, or promising ideas from your clusters. Prioritize them based on their potential impact and feasibility for implementation.

7

Develop Action Plans

For each prioritized idea, develop a clear action plan outlining the necessary steps, resources, and timeline for implementation.

8

Review and Iterate

Regularly review and reassess the progress, implementation, and results of your chosen ideas. Continuously iterate and improve based on feedback and changing circumstances.

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