How did physically acting out help to explore ideas?
While just sitting there trying to figure out the ideas, it would largely depend on the people’s own experiences or common sense related to the problem, it has great limits in exploring ideas as the ideas are likely coming from the analysis based on what people have in their brain, but the physically acting, on the other hand, is not only the way trying to imitate the situation to deeply understand the problem but at the meantime being an effective way to inspiring yourself and other people through the visual gesture.
Did you refine your ideas and solutions to the problem through bodystorming? In what way?
Definitely yes, we worked on the sleeping issue on the plane and at the beginning our group indeed found an idea to solve most of the problems we think would leaded to sleep issue on the plane, the only one we could not solve was the interruption of people sitting beside going to the toilet, cause at the beginning we thought it hard to control other’s behavior, but after we imitated the situation on the plane, sitting in a narrow space and adjusted the way we sat, we then thought of the seat rotating could actually spare more spaces for the people to walk.
What was difficult or challenging about bodystorming?
I think the most challenging thing about bodystorming is the situation we create should be as accurate as possible, otherwise it is not likely to put forward a valued solution, like the idea mentioned before, though we think it is a good idea to automatically rotate the seat when needed, nevertheless, the situation we created was simply using the chair to array in row within a short distance, however, the accuracy of the situation is highly relevant to the solution, the space between the rows and between the seats are critical elements to make the solutions work successfully.
So in all, it is not easy to imitate a 100% same situation as what leads to the problem and the effectiveness of solutions put forward might vary remarkably.
Does bodystorming lend itself to certain types of problems?
Yes, I think the first problems is, as mentioned before, that the imitating situation might not be accurate which leads to a false solution. Secondly, the performing varies from people based on their different cultural background/ experiences and their own understanding of the issues. So this will definitely leads to different ideas which might distract the way of solving problems.
However, though I think it may, to some extent, misunderstand people and leads them to the wrong way of solving problems, but in general, it is quite a good and interesting way to inspire people to explore their ideas through that.