thought shower

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Coined in the early 2000s, supposedly as a more sensitive substitute for brainstorming, on the grounds that the latter could be insensitive to people with cerebral disorders like epilepsy.[1]


thought shower (plural thought showers)

  1. Synonym of brainstorming.
    • 2004 August 31, Combes, Alan, Meeting SEN in the Curriculum: Citzenship, David Fulton Publishers, →ISBN, OL 9406116M, page 60:
      The lesson could start with a ‘thought shower’ session considering the arguments for and against getting involved as an individual when pupils witness a crime such as robbery and assault.
    • 2007 March 27, Reid, Hazel L.; Alison J. Fielding, Providing Support to Young People: A Guide to Interviewing in Helping Relationships, page 93:
      The thought shower process often releases a great deal of creativity and it is surprising how often a suggestion, which previously would have been discounted immediately as impossible, leads to some action when it is considered in this way.
    • 2007 April 19, Feasey, Rosemary, Primary Science for Teaching Assistants, Routledge, →ISBN, OL 11903138M, page 41:
      What they say gets written down as a ‘thought shower’ of statements or ideas.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:thought shower.
    Synonyms: brainstorming, masterminding


  1. ^ “Don’t brainstorm, take a ‘thought shower’”, in Metro[1], June 20, 2008