Let people pitch ideas by literally floating a balloon in the office. Let the metaphor come true.
Sure, you can tell someone your idea. But if you write it down on a piece of paper that you hang to a balloon and you let that balloon fly, your idea just got real. While it floats against the ceiling of the office, it is tangible and visible. Float a balloon stimulates participation, creativity and connection. It’s a safe and approachable way to launch and share ideas on centralized topics such as strategy and interior.
What do you need?
- Strings of cord
- Markers/ pens
How do you do it?
- Place the materials you need in the centre of your office.
- Encourage everyone to write his/her idea on a piece of paper (whenever the idea comes up), hang it to a balloon and let the balloon fly up against the ceiling. The idea floats at eye level now. Soon you'll have a literal forest of ideas floating around in the office.
- When other people read the idea, they can elaborate on it if they feel like it.
- The idea is up for as long as ... it stays up. The rule is that idea has to be approved/actualized or discarded before the balloon comes down. So the fate of your idea is not only in the hands of the manager and colleagues, but also in the hands of the helium. When a balloon comes down and the suggestion hasn’t been put to use, it’s time to let it go. This means it’s either not the right time or the right proposition for the team.
- Try to realize as many suggestions as possible and let the entire floor share in the joy and excitement.
Float a balloon is a divergent play technique