@joyatlarge

2018

New Cards: The Phoenix Checklist

The Phoenix Checklist

Imagine your problem is something you could hold and view from every angle: that's what the CIA did

This is the first of a series of play cards I was inspired to build. The aim is to allow ways for different creative techniques to mix, have cards to move about with friends, and have fun.

Download deck PDF


The CIA created the Phoenix Checklist, a list of questions that encouraged its agents to view a problem from every angle. Imagine your problem is something you can hold up and turn around every way, around, up and under.

The Phoenix deck includes:

  • 2 instruction cards
  • 19 problem-finding questions, in white
  • 24 solution-building questions, in green
  • 4 blanks for Notes

I take no credit for the content: the Phoenix Checklist is publicly available and open source, and I am excited about passing it on. The only difference I made for the deck was to adapt the original questions so that each card could work on their own if taken out of sequence, and give it a basic design that aesthetically matches Clarity Cards I love to use.

You may reproduce the Phoenix Checklist on Moo.com by uploading this document. Their FAQ page will help you along. I also share a backstory about these cards and some direction-pointing if you want to make your own.

Ever learning, unlearning, relearning,
Jx