We dream of a blank sheet of paper, we often talk about people acting as if they have a blank piece of paper, but is it really possible? We all have our own agendas, ideas and ‘baggage’ that we bring to the table. A genuine ‘white paper exercise’ is rarely that, there will always be a smudge, always something that will rear its head.
However, it is possible that the smudge becomes a vignette that surrounds the ideas, that helps focus the mind and liberates the soul. In truth, a whitewashed exercise will rarely create anything – we need the creativity, the added colour, the freedom to express. What we need are not white paper exercises but freedom to contribute.
When around the table, allow everyone a voice. Tolerate every…yes, every, idea. Explore all options. Let the creativity loose and see what happens.