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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! In The Quest For New Ideas, Can The Internet Replace Random Real-Life Discovery? In The Quest For New Ideas, Can The Internet Replace Random Real-Life Discovery?
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 How To Find Startup Ideas – Wesley Tansey How To Find Startup Ideas – Wesley Tansey
Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER

Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER

S CAMPER 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. Steal Like an Artist: Austin Kleon on Combinatorial Creativity
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. quotes and quotations from the wise on all matters creative

quotes and quotations from the wise on all matters creative

Steve Jobs | Creativity | The First Few

Category:Creativity Techniques

From Mycoted 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. Category:Creativity Techniques
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.

6 Powerful Tools for Generating Ideas

6 Powerful Tools for Generating Ideas
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.

Thinkertoys’ 10 Tips to Become an Idea Person

Thinkertoys’ 10 Tips to Become an Idea Person

XMind - Social Brainstorming and Mind Mapping

XMind - Social Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Works with Office/PDF How to make colleagues access our mind map if they don't have XMind? With some simple operations, we can export our mind map into about 10 universal formats by the export functionality. By this way, your team can collaborate seamlessly. We support exporting to Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel (NEW), PDF, RTF, Plain Text, HTML, PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, SVG (NEW), Freemind, Mindjet MindManager. Also support importing from Freemind and Mindjet MindManager.
Mind Mapping Software, Brainstorming, GTD and Knowledgebase Software

Mind Mapping Software, Brainstorming, GTD and Knowledgebase Software

Know more. Map your mind. There's a lot of connections in your head, but unfortunately sometimes they don't last. With TheBrain, your digital Brain captures all that intelligence for playback just when you need it. Find anything.

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FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations. So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don't you use FreeMind? You have a tool at hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila.

Creative Idea Generator

This idea generator is a funky little doodad that will train your brain to be more creative through the use of random words. Generate random words and images then use them in a variety of activities to help your creativity flow. Move the items around, resize them, refresh them and let it guide your mind as it wonders.
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Tips :: The 99 Percent

What did you get done today? Knowing the answer makes a huge difference in your motivation levels. read more → The entrepreneurs and creatives who make a lasting impact often aren’t the most talented, they are the most empathetic. read more → Empowering employees and teams to work towards a common purpose, not just quotas or routine expectations, frees everyone from the energy often misspent on micromanagement.