Friday, September 26, 2008


On several training courses at work, the subject/discussion of the use of the word 'Brainstorming' has come up and its use as it may be offense to people with Epilepsy.

Basically this has been in use since the 1930's and to be honest, until these training courses, it never crossed my mind, even for a second that this might have in anyway anything to do with seisures.

So, what did I do? Well what I normally do and that is ask someone who might know. This is a direct quote from the Email I received from Epilepsy Action -

"We are often asked about the word 'brainstorming' and whether its use is acceptable. Our view is that it depends upon the context: if the word is being used to describe a meeting where participants are suggesting ideas, then its use is not offensive to people with epilepsy. However, it should not be used to describe a seizure or the electrical activity within the brain during a seizure."
And sanity prevails....

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