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What is the Lotus Blossom Technique?

The Lotus Blossom Technique is a structured brainstorming exercise used to expand on a central idea or problem. Teams place the original problem statement in the center box in a 3x3 matrix, then add related themes or elements of the problem in the 8 boxes surrounding it. After filling out this central box, 8 new grids are created with an idea from the first grid in the center. The process repeats, with the team adding 8 ideas for each of the 8 initial aspects from the first grid.

For example, here is one way a team might start brainstorming ways to run better meetings using the Lotus Blossom Technique.

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Example of filling out the first grid and using the initial themes to organize ideas in new grids.
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