Research shows that swapping problems is a highly productive method of discovering new insights and solutions.
Firstly, there's the benefit of talking to someone else about your problems - your brain and body get a lot out of talking.
Secondly, your problem might be easily solved by someone else just because of their “psychological distance” from it.
In running this activity, we have participants think of a current problem they are experiencing in their work. They then pair with another participant and swap problems.
How would each solve the other’s problem?