Essays about Problem-Solving
- Invitation to thinktanking: Why Civilizations Rise and Fall
- Introduction to CPS
- Preface: Einstein and Socrates
Two historically powerful systems of thought combined
- Discovering the Best Answer Yourself
A guide to using your personal resources to find good answers for almost any problem, situation, or opportunity.
- Taxonomy of Methods
An organized guide to these and all other such creative problem-solving (CPS) techniques.
- Solving Problems
Equipped with the right tools, YOU are more than a match for almost any problem, challenge or opportunity.
- Solving Problems Now
In these difficult times, you already have the techniques to solve many of the daunting problems facing society…
- A Huge Untapped Resource
Turn Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) Methods into Learning Methods.
- Additional Techniques
A growing reference list with links to other techniques worth using, posted elsewhere on this site.
- Special Letter to Creativity Leaders
Our response to several congratulatory letters recently received regarding our breakthrough success at St. Andrews Country Day School in Buffalo, NY.
- Opportunity for CPS in Schools and Education
Every one of the hundreds of different methods for creativity and for ingeniously solving problems, now successfully in professional use around the world, can also serve as an amazingly effective method for learning.
- How to Wield Your Idea Butterfly Net
Recording your ideas reinforces the habit of being observant, perceptive and creative, and it strengthens your own high creativity.
- Welcome to Image-Streaming
A Practical “Talking Paper” on Image-Streaming Training.
Descriptions of Techniques
Key Follow-Ups on Image-Streaming
Checklists to ensure you get to do the real thing—and get to experience the real benefits.
Write More Freely and Effectively
An immediate path for any writing task! No waiting for inspiration, no writer’s block.
An Immediate Path for Any Creative Task
It works every time, as easy as watching a movie in your mind.
This process has become a favorite among many creativity experts and creative problem-solving professionals.
Incentive Equilibrium analysis finds solutions so both sides win.
Application of post-Einsteinian discovery technique, including a 30-day challenge for you.
Using your best problem-solving methods to find even better methods.
Simply Waking Up With the Answer
Some easy methods to let you find answers overnight, or sooner.
Double-Entry A-Ha! Method (DEAM)
A really simple, easy, idea-generating and problem-solving device.
An adventure in building understanding.
An easy 4-step procedure of stretching to see further possibilities.
Visualizing the future to bring back innovations as yet not dreamed of today.
Over the Wall
A guided imagery technique that leads you to discover answers waiting for you on the other side of a wall.
The Melville Pattern
Describing anything in excruciating detail unlocks an endless stream of fractal imagination and creativity. Guest article by Silvia Hartmann.
A 20-point checklist for success in problem-solving.
Simple procedures for running better, more productive meetings, groups, clubs and classes.
Additional Techniques Worth Using
- Borrowed Genius
Ask yourself, “What would a genius do?”
- Idea Generator
for breakthroughs in science research.
- Mutual Listening
for miracles in the classroom.
- Effective Problem-Solving: Using What We Know
Includes updates to the Windtunnel method.
Insights from torrential outpourings.
The original torrential-outpour technique which pulls your best answers into focus of conscious awareness. Same dynamics as with “Windtunnel,” only in a version which you can work when alone without a partner.
- “Build Ability to Understand”
A great way to build your full understanding until your a-ha! comes. Just run this procedure in the context of your problem or issue situation, without trying to force it to yield a specific answer, and see what emerges for you.
Use metaphor to find answers.
- Walk in the Woods
Attention-catchers give clues.
- Two Experiments
Quick ways to get great answers — Basic Associative Process and Three Doors, exploring and using the instant problem-solving associative reflexes of your mind.
- AAA — Ask, Aware, Answer
Christopher Gooch offers good tools to heighten awareness and let your subconscious find the answers for you.