Starburst is a brainstorming technique that focuses on generating questions rather than answers to help support your decision-making capabilities. Six questions are asked initially - Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? and the answers can then be used iteratively to create more Q&A's.
Uses of the method
Typically used at the beginning of a foresight project to flesh out the topic question or to begin analyzing a specific Insight or Trend.
Steps to complete
This method and your response can be shared with other members or kept private using the 'Privacy' field and through the 'Tag', 'Report' and 'Forum' functionalities. Use 'Tag' and/or 'Report' to aggregate your analyzes, or add a 'Forum' to ask others where they agree/disagree and encourage them to make their own analysis from their unique vantage point.
Click the 'Invite tab to send invitations to other members or non-members (colleagues, external experts etc.) to ask for their input. You can whether or not you want anonymous responses. These can be viewed and exported within the Responses tab.
A tool used by journalists. Takes a 360 degree approach to asking questions about an issue.
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