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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.
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
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.
by Maria Popova The genealogy of ideas, why everything is a remix, or what T.S. Eliot can teach us about 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.
Have you ever experienced having no idea come to your mind when you need them?
In an age where new ideas quickly becomes commodity, creativity is a must.