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Design Sprints & Workshops

Active Eights* Training

Learn a Powerful Technique for Creative Idea and Solution Generation

Our live virtual Active Eights training is designed to unlock you and your team’s creative side, boosting your problem solving potential. This workshop is ideal for people who need a repeatable exercise to generate and capture ideas.

Who is Active Eights For?

  • Leaders of organisations
  • Decision-makers in organisations
  • Teams & Team Leaders
  • Agile coaches
  • Management and Business consultants

Ideal for When…

  • You or your team need a rapid, repeatable technique to create and capture value.
  • You or your team need to enhance your problem solving skills.

Learn when to use Active Eights for best results

We’ll introduce the method and help you understand which types of situation lend themselves to creative idea and solution generation using Active Eights.

Learn simple sketching techniques

Active Eights is makes use of rapid, unevaluated sketching. We’ll show you different sketch formats that anyone can use.

Learn mental warm-up techniques

We’ll demonstrate some quick and easy techniques to clear out fixed or stale thinking and invite original ideas.

Learn the Active Eight method

Learn by doing – we’ll give you guidance and practice applying Active Eights to different situations.

Small class size

With a maximum of twelve attendees and two facilitators, you’ll have plenty of individual instruction and opportunities to ask questions.

90 Minutes
Facilitated Training
Team Size:
5 to 12

£89 per person


Live Virtual Delivery

The Active Eights session with The Familiar was fun and playful. Sam facilitated our group with focus, and I felt it was highly engaging and a great way to optimise collective wisdom to generate bold ideas. I can vouch for The Familiar for their engaging facilitation of creativity.

Haroon K., Agile Coach, Healthcare Sector

Design Thinking in Practice Series

Active Eights is part of our Design Thinking in Practice series of live virtual training, delivered in short, practical workshops. This series gives leaders, decision-makers, coaches and teams a playbook of essential Design Thinking techniques for innovation and problem solving at organisation, service or product level.

Each Design Thinking in Practice workshop delivers valuable learning outcomes which can be used independently or together as a complete process:

  1. Learn to quickly identify and prioritise goals and challenges.
  2. Active Eights: Learn a powerful technique to independently generate and record creative ideas and solutions.
  3. Learn how to evaluate, prioritise and select solutions.

The Familiar Approach

All our workshops are delivered by two experienced facilitators, essential to maximise value from virtual delivery. Our facilitators have “Web Events That Connect” training from Rees McCann, some of the best teaching available to facilitate engaging, productive live virtual workshops.

Since 2004, The Familiar have worked with exceptional UK, EU and international clients to solve organisation-critical problems and identify innovation opportunities.

People and organisations who value collaboration and are open to a fresh approach to problem solving see the most impact from working with us.

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Get up to speed with Active Eights

This workshop is ideal for people who need a repeatable process to generate and capture ideas. You can book an internal course, exclusive to your organisation or a single place on one of our public courses.