Brainwriting is a non-verbal idea-generating method that uses ideas from a group of persons to address a specific query formulated by the facilitator. Like brainstorming, brainwriting allows a group to build a concept or develop solutions simultaneously but individually to a particular problem. In addition, this method allows the flow of ideas within a group, overcoming the tendency for judgment and personality clashes. In online practice, an online collaborative space is designed and divided into different areas or stations, where small groups will rotate after a certain time. While at specific stations, each group member contributes writing in thoughts and ideas to a set of questions written on PostIts.

Use this method to:

  • Encourage clear definition of ideas or formulation of problems.
  • Promote and stimulate creative and critical thinking.
  • Support participants to overcome blocks.
  • Generate plans, approaches, or solutions to particular topics.
  • Gather input from all members of a group.


  • Duration: < 30 min
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Group Size: 21 - 50
  • Level of interaction: High
  • Multilanguage fit: no
  • Preparation Time: Medium
  • Purpose: Knowledge construction
  • Type of Online Events: Workshop,Virtual conference,Hackaton,Webinar

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