I want to generate new ideas by working together with people who experience and solve problems.

Creative Workshop


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INSPIRED BY : Lovlie L.,Reason B.,Polaine A. (2013) Service Design: From Insight to Implementation. p60. Rosenfeld Media

Level of Involvement

Requires some dialogue with colleagues/peers. Plan for some time to interact and fill out in collaboration over a day maybe.

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What is it & why should I do it?


A Creative Workshop is an opportunity to bring together and collaborate with a number of different people involved with or affected by your work. They might include the people you’re trying to reach, the partners you’re working with, experts brought in from similar fields, or any combination of these (and other) groups who would benefit from talking to each other. It is a good way to both collect and share different experiences, as well as co-create potential solutions.


Creative Workshops can provide invaluable insights into people’s perspectives on particular issues. And they offer a setting where this knowledge is shared as soon as it’s gathered. Structuring sessions that involve different people from several different backgrounds however is something that needs careful planning. This tool provides a checklist for planning your session effectively, helping you to make the most of the group dynamics.

How do I use it?

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Creative workshops can have different purposes:


  • Generating and exploring a range of ideas
  • Selecting and building upon the best ideas
  • Creating a clear a vision for the how the ideas can be made real at a later stage


A clear step-by-step schedule of activities and timings for each activity will help to make the workshop a success. It is important to plan your workshop well. Here are some points to consider while planning one:


  • How long will the workshop be, and where will it take place?
  • Who will attend the workshop, and what is the mix in knowledge and skills?
  • What will be the schedule for the day?
  • Will you be working in small groups? How will they share their ideas?
  • What materials and tools are you intending to use?
  • How will you document the results?


The following worksheet is only one example of how a Creative Workshop can be conducted. Depending on your needs/constraints, feel free to modify (add/subtract/reorder) each time you plan a workshop.

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Latest User Experience

  1. Yoshitaka Okada

    Ippan Shadan Hojin DSIA

    User Rating: 3

    We are doing very well in our Tohoku Redevelopment Projects, even finding some non-GlobalGiving money. However, none of them bring revenue to my organization, since funding sources make sure that 100% of money is used for the project itself, not financing DSIA. We have been trying to create some money-making projects, but we have failed to do so in two projects. Now, we are trying to create one now, to be tested from December. Although we experiment one by one dur to a limited human resources, new ideas are in need to be tested in the future.


  2. Matilda Benson Mensah

    The All Trust Foundation

    User Rating: 3

    A wonderful tool that can help one to identify his or her weaknesses and strength to understand the tools use for fundraising.




    User Rating: 5

    It is an excellent tool to generate ideas for our organization to specify problems. In fact, we practice this tool in our organization but I have learnt beautiful things today.



    St. Nicholas Home Penang

    User Rating: 4

    This is being a helpful tool in planning our projects well and with proper management and team work.