Brainstorming and visualizing are forms of critical thinking in which you feel out a situation or outcome for how it could be different from what actually happened. You also explore various possible outcomes.
This is a common practice in research institutions such as think tanks. It is also often practiced by creative writers such as historical novelists and screenwriters.
Professional problem-solvers of all sorts use this method. It means “walking a thought through” and finding out where it may lead before taking action on it.
Brainstorming and visualizing can be used in everyday life to contemplate alternatives and solve problems.
Example: Whistleblowing
Legal definition:
“The disclosure by a person, usually an employee in a government agency or private enterprise, to the public or to those in authority, of mismanagement, corruption, illegality, or some other wrongdoing.”
Quotation from a whistleblower who revealed the asbestos poisonings in Libby, Montana:
“I’m not the type to be a rat, but some things just cross the line.”
Exercise:
Describe a situation where for someone to be a whistleblower would be beneficial
to a large portion of the community.
Write an imaginative account of Whistleblower X taking the initiative to make a situation right, even if he or she must incriminate people.
Explain the possible outcomes of this act.