Derek Humphries opens his creative toolkit and shares 10 techniques he has used to successfully generate creative ideas – either working in groups or on his own.

Where do creative ideas come from? Ask any creative person and they’ll struggle to tell you. Creative idea generation can simply become part of your DNA; you reach a level of ‘unconscious competence’ – you can do it but you don’t think about how. But underlying this ability is a massive range of practical techniques you can use. 

Icebreaker – my worst ever fundraising

If you are anything like me, you hate ice-breaking exercises at the start of a meeting, such as, “Tell us something about you no-one knows!” That sort of thing. I tend to find a better ice-breaker is to take the lead in talking about failures. I confess some terrible fundraising failure and encourage others to do the same. It creates a sense of relief, generates…


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