Synectics

Synectics

Synectics is a problem solving approach that stimulates thought processes of which the subject is generally unaware. This method, developed by William Gordon, has as its central principle: "Trust things that are alien, and alienate things that are trusted." This encourages, on the one hand, fundamental problem-analysis and, on the other hand, the alienation of the original problem through the creation of analogies. It is thus possible for new and surprising solutions to emerge. Synectics is more demanding of the subject than brainstorming, as the many steps involved mean that the process is more complicated and requires more time and effort.

Books

* "Synectics" by W.J. Gordon (possibly out of print)
* "Design Synectics - Stimulating Creativity in Design" by Nicholas Roukes, Published by Davis Publications, 1988
* "Synectics-The Practice of Creativity" by George Prince 1970 (out of print)

ee also

* list of thought processes
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External links

* [http://www.writedesignonline.com/organizers/synectics.html Synectics Graphic Organizers]
* [http://www.synecticsworld.com/ Synectics - a consulting firm specializing in implementing breakthrough ideas using the Synectics process]
* http://www.synectics-solutions.com/ Database specialists


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