I'm looking for an elegant phrase describing why group brainstorms are effective.

At the moment I have "allows one person to spark ideas in another".

It doesn't seem right, what's a better verb or phrase?


  • "Cascade of ideas"
    – fixer1234
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 11:40
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    Maybe “to inspire each other“ works.
    – user192211
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 13:13
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    Each new idea in a brainstorming session potentially triggers fresh ideas from other participants. Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 20:19

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stimulate from OxfordLiving Dictionaries site

stimulate VERB [WITH OBJECT]

1Raise levels of physiological or nervous activity in (the body or any biological system)

‘the women are given fertility drugs to stimulate their ovaries’

1.1 Encourage or arouse interest or enthusiasm in.

the reader could not fail to be stimulated by the ideas presented

1.2 Encourage development of or increased activity in (a state or process)

‘the courses stimulate a passion for learning’

I think the reason why "sparking one's interest" works is because it stimulates the mind as applied to a topic as described above

  • Tom, you don't have to quote the whole definition. You can include just the relevant parts in your answer. Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 22:17

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