The Innovation Office of the University of Münster developed the concept of Idea Mining in 2003 as an innovative and unconventional tool for creative problem-solving. In over 200 workshops the Idea Mining has proven to be an exceptionally efficient and solution-oriented instrument. It can help companies and institutions pursue approaches which normally lie hidden in the jungle of everyday working life.
Over the course of one day, an interdisciplinary team devotes their entire synaptic energy to tackling a problem from various angles. Professional moderators and specially trained creative technicians engage in a creative brainstorming process. Without such lateral thinking, the development of new solutions would hardly be possible. For nothing is more crippling to creativity than sitting at one's workstation day in and day out.