Brainstorming is seriously over-rated — when you do it wrong, which is most of the time!
As Beth points out, asking the right question or framing the problem that you are brainstorming about is essential to your success. So is separating the idea generation phase from the idea evaluation phase.
Rather than launch into why each idea won’t work, go through a more deliberate evaluation process, like the Six Thinking Hats approach Beth recommends.
Here are a few more articles on brainstorming at nonprofits that might help you shift useless brainstorming into something more useful:
Don’t go into another brainstorming meeting without this advice!