As organizational structures become more and more specialized there is a tendency to focus on the internal working of specific domains of thinking.  For example, academic institutions are organized around departments.  These departments tend to work in isolation increasing efficiency and effectiveness but always within the confines of one domain, never breaking through the walls of convention.

Domain thinking is found in most organizational structures.  Think of departments in municipal government, or Ministries in Provincial or Federal governance.  Everyone working diligently in isolation.

Creativity, by definition requires that the ideas of one domain of thinking intersect with another.  It is the cross over of domain thinking that sparks innovation and moves beyond the status quo.

When constructing questions include more that one domain of thought.  The following diagram identifies general domain categories that might be embedded in a complex question.  The more inclusive the questions the more options for creative cross over.

Silo Thinking