This is a great way for a group to quickly come up with many ideas and to have people build on other’s ideas. The end result is a beautiful mural of thoughts that can be used as inspiration throughout events now and in the future.


  1. Find a table (or series of tables) that is big enough for everyone in the group to sit around. People should fit tightly, and be shoulder to shoulder along all sides.
  2. Place a large roll of paper that covers the entire table.
  3. Make sure that everyone has something to draw with. Try having lots of colours.
  4. Have the facilitator start playing music. Each person must start writing down an idea about the topic at hand.
  5. After about 2 minutes, the music should stop. Everyone should take a step to their left so they are in the position that their neighbour was previously in.
  6. The music starts again, and people must now build off of their neighbour’s idea.
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 until the whole roll of paper is covered in ideas!



  1. Stay open and positive during idea generation sessions.
  2. Be creative with how you represent your ideas. Drawings & prototypes are encouraged. The bigger the better.


  1. Judge ideas during idea generation sessions.
  2. Write negative comments, or cross things out.


Facilitator’s role

The facilitator’s role is in starting & stopping the music, and making sure that people are properly moving in the right direction.
The facilitator also decides when the session is over.