Almost everything we make ends up in a landfill or the ocean or the atmosphere. This approach is in contrast to how nature does things and this is at least part of the reason why our climate is changing.
The Difference Between How Nature Works and People Think
“Learning about the natural world is one thing. Learning from the natural world—that’s the switch. That’s the profound switch.”
Innovate Thinking Routines on Global Warming and Sustainability
* How does Nature ¨thinks¨? What is the difference with human thinking? Where comes that difference from?* How forces neo-liberal economic behavior that is destructive for humans and nature? * How can we shift from classical Western habits of thinking in entities to thinking in relations between entities?
A Stratal on Global Warming
We got a list of twelve unrelated, parallel statements about the problems of global warming.
Mitigating Global Warming
If you think about mitigating Global Warming, and you are looking for creative solutions to, it may make sense to map out existing approaches.
Opportunities for new apps are abundant and everywhere
Ideas for innovative apps seem to be up for grabs.
Creative Thinking – A Masterclass for Facilitators
It is a misunderstanding to think that the purpose of a creative thinking session is to come up with new ideas or innovative concepts. Nor is it the mere application of a creative thinking technique, however exotic it may be. What then?
Is It Well Ventilated Here? – Thinkibility Nibble
What If you could "see" if a venue is well ventilated_
Story Cubes and Stratals
One of our readers challenged us to simplify the process of applying Stratals as a creativity tool. A stratal is putting together a layer of unconnected, random statements or observations and looking at it as a whole. The purpose is to allow new ideas to materialize from evaluating the strata as a whole and not …
How to Smash the Glass Ceiling for Women
In our earlier post ¨Better Ideas for Women in Top Positions¨ we were wondering if we can design better ideas to get a more proportional representation of women in board of directors. Here some more results.
Societal Science Fiction – 21st Century Challenges
Throughout history stories have help shaped our minds, our ideas and actions. With the increasing acceleration in information and biotechnology we need better stories about future technological, social and economic developments. In this 21th century, ¨societal¨science fiction might be an important genre, if not the most important, to interprete the consequences of accelarating technological developments.
A Concept R&D Department
In 1968, Dick Fosberry won a gold medal in high jumping at the Summer Olympics. Instead of diving with his belly over the bar and landing on his feet, he did it reverse, jumped over the bar with his back and landed on his back. Nearly two thousand years since the Olympics in Athens, mankind …
Worse is Better
The population is becoming dumber and more stupid? The number of people with intellectual disabilities is rapidly increasing in highly developed societies. Is it? Or is it that the more complex the society becomes, the more people with a disability in social adaptability need care support? Complexity Complexity expresses itself as difficulties to understand or find an answer, to …
How to Hack Assumptions
In many books about innovation, it is stated that "You just have to be willing to challenge the assumptions of your industry, ask fresh questions, and --get this -- embrace your humanness." Daniel H. Pink Such calls are completely inadequate. Moreover, it suggests that the detection of assumptions is simple. On the contrary, the nature …
Challenging Startup Challenges
Nowadays there are lots of startup challenges. Mostly they define a very broad area in where ideas are sought. It is a rather passive way to innovate. It is assumed that the idea or the startup is already out there, and it only needs some nurturing in the development, mainly on the business side. The …
Too Many Ideas?
Normally we are asked to help people or teams to get ideas. Because they are stuck, running around in circles, blocked, don't have inspiration or are just not creative "by nature". However, in most of the cases they lack creative thinking tools by wich they can create deliberately alternative approaches or construct systematically breakthrough ideas. …
Ideation: breakthrough idea construction
In Ideathons, a deliberate attempt is made to create breakthrough ideas. They have tightly directed 2-hour events. The participants work together in small groups of 5 to 6 thinkers. There are clearly defined areas - not too wide nor too narrow. Areas where there is an urgent need for better ideas. For that purpose, world-renowned …
More-of-the-Same or a Breaktrough Innovation?
In a recent post What’s (not) an Innovation? we mentioned that an innovation consists of a new combination of a function - the innovation has the purpose of satisfying a need a principle - there is a mechanism or idea how to deliver that function a market - the innovation has a value that can …
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Design Your Own Creative Thinking Techniques
Creative thinking can be learnt. How? By using thinking tools. There are many tools for creative thinking, examples can be found in the following books: Edward de Bono presents 13 tools in his book Serious Creativity Grace McGartland has 25 tips and techniques in Thunderbolt Thinking(TM) Arthur VanGundy covers 29 tools in Idea Power Michael …
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How to Become a Creative Genius
In an earlier post we republished Michael Michalko's The Difference between the way the average person thinks and a creative genius thinks" As Michael Michalko noticed that an average person focusses his attention on a specific information and excluding all else. In contrast, a creative genius sees the whole but would move from one detail …