Dan Mall 04 December 2012 Fantastic thoughts here, Trent. I particularly love the collaboration pattern you describe. For those who haven’t already seen it, it’s similar to some thoughts from Dave Gray’s book Gamestorming about the shape of a game (which, coincidentally, is the exact same shape of a successful brainstorm). It describes the different kinds of thinking that lead to successful ideas: opening (divergent) thinking, exploring (emergent) thinking, and closing (convergent) thinking. You can check out Gamestorming on Google Books .