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Creating a suitable environment for idea development can strengthen the programs, exhibits, and offerings of historical institutions.

This Technical Leaflet outlines how to build an effective team and advisory group for idea development.

Vincent A. Ciulla emphasizes the importance of drafting a mission statement and a set of intentions that set the precedent for how the creative process will operate. He provides a list of intentions that create an open and sharing atmosphere such as no editing and debating.

Ciulla discusses the pros and cons of having a designated leader and provides insight for how to successfully facilitate the process.

Finally, an outline of the idea building process is included with different methods for building ideas such as the brain bump, card sorting, clustering, titling, and bubble diagramming.

A Process for Effective Idea Development TL#189 (1994)