Ideas are intangible. Alone they achieve little more than a good feeling, unless
„implemented‟ or „executed‟ (I find it funny that the concepts of executing ideas
and executing people are so diametrically
opposed …). Ideas can be forgotten,
vague, or confused. Recording the idea somehow, effectively making it moretangible, can be important to maintain its lifespan, but also to free it to evolve intonew, better ideas.Computers cannot (currently) develop ideas
they can be used as tools to supportthe idea creation process, but they not yet ever actually have an idea (if RayKurzweil
„s view of a singularity moment arrives, where computers become„intelligent‟, and able to have ideas, it will be very interesting to see what happens
next).Tools and frameworks exist (in particular in business) to help ensure one thinkssufficiently broadly to come up with new ideas, perhaps away from a centraltheme, or commonly considered topics (albeit one has to be careful that tools andframeworks do
n‟t ultimately constrain thinking around pre
-prepared topics).Some find it helpful to have quiet time, to sit in silence, and reflect, contemplate,and generally think develop their thoughts on a topic. Some find it helpful to writethings down, use mind maps, or structure their ideas.One can position oneself to have better ideas, by reading/watching/listening othermaterials that can provoke idea generation (television shows, websites, podcasts,
etc.), or by „brainstorming‟ around a certain topic …
I love brainstorming. It amplifies the positive characteristics of ideas (see * above).I love the initial messiness of it, and the subsequent job of then organizing,profiling, and prioritizing the results. I like the freedom to let creativity run wild,followed by the calm and controlled phase of harvesting the best bits.
„Brainstorming for one‟ can be fun, and creative –
you have no-one elseto interrupt your thoughts, no-one else to distract you from your developing mindmap, allowing you to stray into new topics.