In The Quest For New Ideas, Can The Internet Replace Random Real-Life Discovery? What does Renaissance art have in common with a pencil?
If you believe in knowledge through serendipitous discovery, then quite a lot. This week I was looking for a book on Renaissance art in the library. While walking through the stacks, Henry Petroski’s The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, a book about the origins of the pencil, caught my eye. This was just the book to help with another project I am working on, one associated with business-related technology artifacts. What luck! Rewind one week. As more and more book sales move online, brick and mortar bookstores are stocking only the most popular titles, reducing our chance of stumbling across that random, fascinating book that you never would have looked for. And it’s not just me. So if the likelihood of chance encounters through paper decreases, where else can these serendipitous encounters occur?
Online Serendipity At first glance, the possibility of encountering random information online seems small. What’s Next? How To Find Startup Ideas – Wesley Tansey. I recently have met a number of people who expressed how badly they wanted to do a startup but said they lacked any good ideas.
I know that startup ideas are worthless, especially since I have lived through the dozens of iterations involved, first with EffectCheck and now with Curvio. Nevertheless, you need to start somewhere and that means you need an idea that sufficiently captivates you. Now, I could simply give these people a list of startup ideas, but for an idea to really stick in your mind enough that you’ll want to start a company around it, you need to come up with it yourself. I’ve come up with a brief collection of strategies that you can use to generate new ideas for startups: Repurpose Take a service or approach applied to one market, and apply it to another.Examples: Chill (Turntable.fm), Yammer (social networks for businesses) Digitize Take content or functionality that exists only in a legacy form and put it online or in an app.Examples: Dr.
Automate Unify Componentize Connect. Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER. SCAMPER is a technique you can use to spark your creativity and help you overcome any challenge you may be facing. In essence, SCAMPER is a general-purpose checklist with idea-spurring questions — which is both easy to use and surprisingly powerful. It was created by Bob Eberle in the early 70s, and it definitely stood the test of time. Steal Like an Artist: Austin Kleon on Combinatorial Creativity. By Maria Popova The genealogy of ideas, why everything is a remix, or what T.S.
Eliot can teach us about creativity. UPDATE: Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist synthesizes his ideas on creativity and is absolutely fantastic. Austin Kleon is positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet. CreatingMinds - tools, techniques, methods, quotes and quotation. Quotes and quotations from the wise on all matters creative. Change happens, that is for sure, and not just in our modern, 21st century era.
It seems that the stress of the new affects most people in every age. So the trick is not to resist it, but to go with it. The real problem for the creative person is getting over the resistance of those who don’t want to change. See also. LeadingThoughts - LeadershipNow.com. The First Few. Resolve to Be a More Productive Writer (Happy New Year) Category:Creativity Techniques.
This A to Z of Creativity and Innovation Techniques, provides an introduction to a range of tools and techniques for both idea generation (Creativity) and converting those ideas into reality (Innovation).
Like most tools these techniques all have their good and bad points. I like to think of these creativity and innovation techniques as tools in a toolbox in much the same way as my toolbox at home for DIY. It has a saw, spanner, hammer, knife and all sorts of other things in it, they are all very useful, but you have to pick the right tool (creativity / Innovation technique) for each job. This site will try and provide a little guidance along with each tool to let you know whether it's best used for cutting paper or putting in nails.
For the future, the aim is to also have sub-categories which will identify Techniques for; Problem Definition - including problem analysis, redifinition, and all aspects associated with defining the problem clearly. Subcategories. 6 Powerful Tools for Generating Ideas. Have you ever experienced having no idea come to your mind when you need them?
Such moments can be frustrating, especially if you have spent quite a lot of time to think and still get nothing. In such situations, getting external inputs to stimulate your mind is a good solution. They can break down your idea brick walls and make your creative juice flow again. Of course, not all kinds of external inputs are useful.
I believe there is an important characteristic such external inputs should have in order to be useful and that is diversity. There are tools that can help you get these diverse inputs and I will describe six such tools. Create connection between an input you get and the problem at hand. Without further ado, here are six tools you can use to break down your idea brick walls and generate ideas: 1. This is the only offline tool in this list. 2. StumbleUpon.com: Personalized Recommendations to Help You Discov. Random Word Generator (Plus) Thinkertoys’ 10 Tips to Become an Idea Person.
In an age where new ideas quickly becomes commodity, creativity is a must.
It is creativity that continuously give us new ideas to keep us ahead in the competition. Regarding this, I recently found an interesting book: Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko. This book contains a lot of actionable ideas on how to become an idea person and get our creative juice flow. In chapter 2 of the book, Michalko gives us 10 tips to become an idea person which I find very useful and thought-provoking.
In his words, these 10 tips are about “effective ways to pump your mind for ideas” which are also “exercises that will encourage you to behave like an idea person”. Here are the summarized explanation of the 10 tips: 1. Home. XMind - Social Brainstorming and Mind Mapping. Mind Mapping Software, Brainstorming, GTD and Knowledgebase Software. Main Page.
Creative Idea Generator. Creativity-tools. 29 Ways To Stay Creative [Video] Do you sing in the shower?
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