Rallying for Ideas: The
Thinkathon is organised by the Productivity and Standards Board as part of the
Productivity Campaign Rally to commemorate 20 years of the Productivity
His business is to make you think. Meet Mr. Gerald Haman, also known as the “Solutionman”.
Ten minutes with him, and I was getting two ideas every minute! Just think: Today, he will be conducting a “Thinkathon” for 8,000 people at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The aim: Generating half a million ideas in an hour, an average of 62.5 ideas per head.
Think that’s a tall
order? Not for this expert in creative
thinking. He teaches innovation classes
Here’s how it works.
He showed me 100 questions split into 20 categories such as health care,
housing, economy, government, and innovation.
“Decide which ones you want to answer,” he said. Two questions caught my
attention. “How might we improve
I started my stop watch and began scribbling away on a notepad. Music piped out from his laptop to help the flow of ideas.
In five minutes, I had 12 ideas. I was then told to stand up and do some simple exercises for about 15 seconds. Then on to more questions. In 10 minutes, I came up with 22 ideas. Two ideas a minute. But doesn’t it encourage people to write without much thought? “This is a tested way of generating ideas and the key lies in having broad, open-ended questions which encourage people to come up with ideas,” replied Solutionman.
By Lee Tee Jong -