Circle of Opportunity

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Circle of Opportunity is a Morphological Forced Connections technique by Michael Michalko and is defined in detail in his book Thinkertoys.

The process is

  1. State the Challenge
  2. Draw a circle and number it like a clock (number 1 through 12)
  3. Select any 12 attributes
  4. Throw a pair of dice to select the first attribute
  5. Throw a pair of dice to select the second attribute
  6. Consider the attributes, both separately, and combined, to find an association between the two attributes.
  7. Search for a link between your association and your challenge

Watch a demonstration of this technique by UC Berkeley Students:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk5MoUl4XOc
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fztHyelMzl4
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V23eS7MTEpk
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fXUqURFKUY
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHjbcHIzGlg