Here are my comments on the optional videos and articles for the second week of the CIC course*, which were all about generating ideas.
1. Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions (TED Talk; Duration: 7:21)
A simple idea presented, explained and used in a touching way.I got emotional, maybe because of the presenter’s age and background was so different from all the other TED talks I’ve seen. I hope this young entrepreneur will have a successful and happy life.
1. Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation (TED Talk; Duration: 18:58)
What I most appreciated in this talk was that it placed the open (source) movement into the marketplace. It showed real challenges and opportunities of opening up process, through real examples in various forms of industry, healthcare, entertainment. Here is a quote from towards the end of the talk:
If you’re a games company, and you’ve got a million players in your game, you only need one percent of them to be co-developers, contributing ideas, and you’ve got a development workforce of 10,000 people. Imagine you could take all the children in education in Britain, and one percent of them were co-developers of education. What would that do to the resources available to the education system? Or if you got one percent of the patients in the NHS to, in some sense, be co-producers of health. The reason why — despite all the efforts to cut it down, to constrain it, to hold it back — why these open models will still start emerging with tremendous force, is that they multiply our productive resources. And one of the reasons they do that is that they turn users into producers, consumers into designers.”
Best example I heard for all of us becoming prosumers: it’s not just good for the individuals, but it is good for us as a whole.
3. Steven Johnson: Where do good ideas come from? (Youtube; Duration: 4:07)
This video is not just the trailer for the presenter’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From The Natural History of Innovation, but also a cool visual notetaking of an idea. Here are some of the more interesting points:
- Good ideas normally come from the collusion of smaller hunches, so that they form something bigger than themselves. Example of how the word wide web itself got developed by Berners-Lee. Ideas need to collide with other hunches for a breakthrough. Coffeehouses and salons were spaces for ideas to mingle, swap and new forms.
- The great driver of scientific and technological innovation has been the historic increase in connectivity.
- Yes, we are more distracted [in the age of the internet.., ] but we have so many new ways to connect and reach out for people who have that missing piece that would complete the idea we were working on. Chance favors the connected mind.
This last line reinforces the importance of being open and involved for the ideation process.
4. Kathryn Jablokow: Creative Diversity and Problem Solving Techniques (2-page reader)
This paper offered techniques to help us use what we have in more effective ways through learned coping behavior.
Techniques for Enhancing Your Creative Level
- Releasing Potential Level: to help us utilize more of the capacity we were born with or to utilize it more effectively. E.g if idea generation is blocked, relax or reduce fatigue or anxiety. Or if you are distracted find a quiet place.
- Enhancing manifest level: increase how much we learn (and retain) and how quickly we learn it, as well as how much of it we recall and how quickly/effectively we recall it. E.g. mnemonics, (acronyms, acrostics, rhymes) and speed reading.
Techniques for Simulating a Different Creative Style
Stimulate different creative styles to increase your problem solving effectiveness directly by enhancing your behavior in the direction of a particular style for a specific occasion and time period.
This was not a helpful paper on the technical level, as didn’t really spell out enough techniques. Interestig though on the theoretical level.
5. Radical Openess (Vimeo; Duration: 2:48)
End line: we need to cultivate radical openness as a way of participating and accelerating evolution.
It was designed to dazzle with me fast pacing words and images, but instead just dizzied me mostly. There might be some good ideas hidden in there, but hard to see, for me, under the flashiness. Not my style: too much of everything.
6. Innovate or Die: Chapter 4 – Success and Failure
Points to remember from the chapter:
- Productive failure is the use of intelligence to optimize the yield of partial truths and speed is an essential component
- Success can lead to failure, can make you feel secure and lazy, reduces motivation, makes you arrogant.
- Fear (of failure) is part of survival machinery; it usually results in a common defense mechanism – inaction.
- The key is to overcome crippling fear and have a little bit of nervousness.
- Fear can be completely irrational, be pleasurable, must be listened to.
- Nothing stands between you and your desires except trying and risking.
- The flip side of fear is confidence and action.
- Imitate someone you admire for his risk-taking skills.
- Play is a great way to involve yourself in risk-taking.
- In any risk-taking situation, do your homework.
- Success/failure resume: write down your two greatest successes and two worst failures. Add a paragraph on how you view risk taking. Then try to connect your failures and successes.
- Business is not an end, but a means to serve others. You’ve got to have fun, because it is a game.
These bullet points may not make much sense without the context of the whole chapter, but serve well as idea nuggets. The most exciting is the success/failure resume that I would want to try one day.
* This blog entry is part of my series on the “Creativity, Innovation, and Change” course I am taking.