1. Firstly a facilitator is key. I feel without one, there is structure to the process and that it would be easy to get lost or lose track of what the process is attempting to achieve. Everyone maintaining an open mind is also very crucial. This allows for ideas without limitation or restriction that are wild and random, which can then be chiseled down into something more conceivable. The group also needs to focused on the main goal of the process. Without a clear vision and focus on what needs to be accomplished, it is easy to get off topic and generate ideas that have no relevance to the purpose.
2. I helped in narrowing down the most appropriate ideas that coincided with the given criteria for the problem at hand. To be more helpful I could lead the group in discerning why the selected ideas where the most appropriate and maybe see if any others might be more qualified for the exercise.
3. The main thing I learned from this process was that there are several elements or right and left brain thinking in creativity. During the process there were several portions of diverging and converging which would initially create a mass amount of possibilities, weed out the ideas that were most suited to the issue, make numerous associations to those selected and then come back again and devise one solid idea that was new, innovative but perfectly fit to the problem. The whole process taught me that it requires a culmination of both halves of the brain to be creative for different purposes.