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Creative Problem Solving Model ABOUT THIS STAGE

The CPS process, in addition to helping you solve a problem with creative thinking, also helps you make sure you are solving the right problem.

When you Imagine the Future, you envision a desired future state, in broad terms. In this step, you focus in on what is needed to make that future come to be: you identify the questions which need to be answered, and the problems that need to be solved.

When Finding the Questions, use these guidelines:

  • Using divergent thinking tools, generate many possible questions and problem statements.
  • Begin the questions with "How to...", "How might...", "In what ways might...", or "What might be all the...."
  • Using convergent thinking tools, select one well-defined question to carry forward. You may need to reword, rework, or strengthen the statement before it's ready.

This step is closely related to the previous one, Imagine the Future. Together, these steps represent the process of knowing what specific problem you are trying to solve.


Here are some choices:

  • Click any part of the model above to examine that stage in more detail.
  • Continue the tour in a linear way by moving on to Generate Ideas.


When you're ready to talk to us about teaching you this process or facilitating a problem-solving session, just holler.