The Disney Method , developed by Robert Dilts in 1994, is a complex creativity strategy in which a group uses specific thinking styles in turn. It involves parallel thinking to a problem, to generate ideas, to evaluate ideas, to construct a critique of a plan of action. The four thinking styles are – outsiders, dreamers, realisers and critics.
In the first thinking style the group think as outsiders to gain an analytical, external view of the challenge.
They then act as dreamers to brainstorm ideal solutions. They use divergent thinking to conceive creative and radical ideas.
In the next mode the group adopted to realize viewpoint. They act as pragmatic realists and use converge thinking to the left of the dreamers. They select the best idea and build a plan for it.
The fourth viewpoint is that of critics. They review the plan made by the realists in order to identify weaknesses, obstacles or risks. They seek to improve the plan.
The method is comparable to and alternative to Bono’s method of the Six Thinking Hats . The difference is, that in the Disney method is constant, whereas the Six Thinking Hats can be used in any appropriate order.