Creativity – The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation

“If I have seen fur­ther it is by stand­ing on the shoul­ders of Giants.” Isaac New­ton The above quote captures the essence of the interaction between neurobiology and culture. An individual mind or a team of minds may be driven towards breakthrough ideas but it is the culture that provides the point of departure. Every …

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Decision-Making in Animal Communities – Remodelling Global Cooperation

"There is a way,  if we allow ourselves to be guided by nature's optimism and nature's wisdom." Jay Harman, The Shark's Paintbrush, p. 289. In this blogpost, we will explore ways that nature can provide inspiration for The Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape. We will focus the attention on swarm intelligence. Bees use …

Volvo, LifePaint, Airbags and Expanding Concepts and Markets

"The best way to survive a crash is not to crash" What should a car manufacturer focus the attention on? What ideas are embedded in the concept car manufacturer? Cars! Of course a car manufacturer deals with developing the best, safest, fastest, most energy-efficient cars. But what if we extend the concept  "car manufacturer" and …

LEGO Rich!

"Are you LEGO rich? Do you have an idea for a LEGO set? And are you a Creative consumer?" Yes, adults play with LEGO too and there are over 250.000 registered members of LEGO User Groups throughout the world. LEGO, one of the most creative brands in the world, is using its fan community to …

T29 – Day 23

Day 23 - Creativity Think out-of-the box and devise a creative way to storage and supply in supermarkets. The storage and resupply in supermarkets have not changed since the concept was introduced around 1960. It costs a lot of man power, shoppers experience inconvenience, it is slow and it is not integrated in the whole …

T29 – Day 22

Day 22- Creativity Ask yourself “How Might We” solve this problem. Pick a problem and explore ways that the problem might be solved. Redefine the challenge in nine ways. Express the goal in a new way, use new words and rephrase the problem. You find great everyday problems that needs to be solved here. Imagine …

T29 – Day 21

Day 21- 23 – Creativity There are a range of techniques that can be used to help you create something new and valuable. Distancing is similar to Backward Thinking – a thinking strategy to avoid mental inertia or being locked in one’s logic bubble. Distancing means that we create deliberately some emotional, psychological and mental …

What are you Looking at!

Can looking away from the problem, lead to more creative insights? Look at the words below and think of a single words that can logically be paired with all of them. Pine Crab Sauce By using the remote-associates test, where a person is given a series of words, John Kounios and Mark Beeman, found when they …

Symbiotic Biomimicry

Sustainability is an approach where we try to  create and maintain  conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. But is the approach enough to make sure that we have and will continue to have water, materials and resources that can protect out health and the environment? Innovations using symbiotic biomimicry as …

Sunken Office – Thinkibility Nibble

What are the benefits of spending the day in an office where there is no need for artificial lightning during the day? According to John Seely Brown, (co-chair at the Deloitte Center for the Edge and former chief scientist at Xerox), an organisation that frequently produce innovation share three characteristics: visionary leadership an organizational commitment …