The aim of the Ideation Flexibility Workshop is to provide a venue for discussing the challenges of ideation fixation and potential approaches for alleviating its effects — i.e., for encouraging ideation flexibility. In addition to the participants' contributions to this dialogue, we provide participants with a deep understanding of our work in ideation flexibility and the materials we have developed to support it. 

Specifically, our research investigates the impacts of problem framing, ideation tools, and ideation teaming on engineering ideation flexibility, with the aim of creating guidelines and methods to help engineers increase that flexibility by learning how to deliberately approach ideation differently. Participants have the opportunity to develop specific plans for using these materials in their own classrooms or businesses.

Our workshops provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges in understanding ideation fixation and flexibility in engineering and design, while at the same time reflecting on some of the methods we introduce to the participants.

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