Part Three – The Box Gambit:
The “rule” of this gambit is to connect all the dots with four straight lines by not allowing your pen/pencil to leave the surface of the page. Solving this graphic riddle will require some thinking and trial and error. Try it four times. Good luck.
When developing a plan, remember this exercise. We are all in one kind of rock, paper, scissors box, metaphorical or not. Use your experience to identify examples of thinking that explain moving some examples. Next, describe your thinking with other people (dots) as a creative or imaginative game. What examples of thinking or acting to get the dots of your box to work for you? This is a classic “connect” gambit. Use and share this little exercise with friends. Follow the rules four times and four lines. The pen stays on the page. The lines connect all the dots. The answer is at the bottom of this page.
Congratulations on a solution, or before you go for it below, take a moment to think of a problem or issue you/we would like to define. Use the sample questions below to guide a journalist’s six basic questions with some sampling answers. There are boatloads of these things available now. This meets Occam’s Razor test.
“There are at least three parks in the community in terrible physical condition. They are misused and abused. Then, in the evening, teenagers hang out, sometimes all night, making a horrible noise and a big mess, why I don’t understand how or why, and so on.”
A. Issue/Problem Defining Questions
- Who is responsible for the management/maintenance/budget of these parks?
- What are the causes of poor conditions, noise, and mess?
- Where are these parks and other recreational places?
- When do the “misuse” and disturbance occur all the time, often, infrequently?
- Why do these disturbances occur?
- How many complaints have been made?
B. Asset/Opportunity Defining Questions
- Who are the parents? Who else can we work with to further define this issue?
- What are the resources available in the short and long term to “x” or “y.”
- Where should we direct our research or take our first action(s)?
- When should we get directly involved?
- Why must I/we work to define and solve this problem?
- How can we work with park management/maintenance?
The Box Gambit Animated GIF.
A graphic illustration of system change produced by Melanie Rayment is discussed in detail in System Change Part Four: Critical Thinking Pathways (here). When we noticed how Rayment put “system change” outside the description, this example was from our training courses on creative thinking pathways.
Gratitude for all the recommendations and accounts, The Report