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Would you be willing to share silly, crazy ideas which pops into your head frequently?

While there is fear of sharing "real" ideas because of intellectual properties and patent protection, how about sharing silly, crazy ideas with no fear? One of the booster's of imagination and creativity is to let the mind wander around unrelated objects or ideas. If there were a pool of silly, crazy ideas I would use it as a sketch pad for my creativity. For example, I if I am in the Restaurant business I would love to hear what silly, crazy ideas people have to say on topics such as restaurant, food, music, sports or totally unrelated topics such as art or gardening.

  • Mar 27 2012: It would depend on the Enviroment, if it is a carefree, relaxed, trusting (Which I learned, Trusting, in one of the TED talks that it was a key to having a great sharing) place with lots of things to use to help show what you mean. I had seen where a Nurse using Plastercene (Spelling) built an iPad type of device and showed what she wanted on it and the controls etc... than a medical device that used a highlighter, elastsic bands, film container and a clothes pin to try to show what s/he wanted the instrument to look like and they showed the finished product and the parts that was used in the example could be seen in the final production piece. So again I say yes to sitting down and sharing silly, funny, happy go lucky, crazy ideas that someday may show up where you work and you will remember where and how it all started - that would be neat and cool.Thanks Tom Nugent
    • Mar 28 2012: Thanks Tom. What do you mean by trust?
      • Apr 3 2012: Hello Anu:
        A couple of weeks ago I watched a Ted Talk on this very subject and an advertising President gave the lecture and he stated that he and other companies have a room where everone gets together to do this very thing. Google has a Dinasaur, Google in Switzerlant has a slide and a firemans pole, his company has all types of things to sit on and things to use to try to protray the idea the person is putting across and building a prototype right there using Plastercene, tape, lego's, all types of materials so that people to bring there point across more easily. But he stated was that you could have all the toys, pool tables, video games etcc .. you want but if the team does not trust each other in that no matter what they come up with, they know they can trust there fellow employees not to make fun, degrade the idea but either build or improve on it. That he said was the most important factor in this type of environment of tossing ideas around for a product. It may not work in a strict boardroom type of an affair but in places where people can act as children, think as children and bring their ideas out in a fun, happy way, TRUST is needed so that the person bringing out an outlandish idea will know that the team will say, well that is too far but they may see merit in it and than build on that and than find a solution much quicker than a team that does not trust each other. Sorry about the spelling and I hope this helps explain the Idea that I am trying to explain without the actual Ted talk in front of me. It was in one of the iTuneU programs and sent via You-Tube and for the life of me I cannot find it and show you, because he explains it so well and it was a good lecture in teambuilding requirenments for in the future. I hope this helps explain the idea of more trust in a team. Thanks for the reply,
        • Apr 6 2012: Thanks Tom for taking the time to explain.
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    Mar 26 2012: Public Pneumatic Tube Transport Grid

    much like the power grid or water pipelines. or one can see it as physical version of the internet. such a grid would be able to route moderately sized objects to any locations connected to the grid.
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    Mar 27 2012: Give some thought to one particular problem associated with your idea. . . ideas are currency ($$$). Lots of money is made by folks who steal the ideas of others. Trust is severely challenged if I leave an open box of cash accessible to passers-by.
    • Mar 28 2012: The difference is these ideas are crazy and unreal at the moment. Krisztián shared a good one below. One advantage is, if such an unreal idea takes off 50 years from now, it may provide credential to the person who thought about it in the first page. Like the book "From the Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne which was unreal but became a reality after 100 years. The thought here is having a database of crazy ideas for everyone to explore might be a good tool to trigger creativity and unconnected dots. Probably there could be some incentive associated with sharing such crazy ideas?
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        Mar 28 2012: I see your point. But, it is difficult to identify crazy in today's world. Some pretty crazy ideas have made a lot of money, so be careful about giving them away. I will share one idea: a solar clothes dryer consisting of a length of rope secured between two outdoor stationary points on which wet clothes can be hung and dried by accelerated evaporative action caused bythe application of full-spectrum, constant solar energy. It's just crazy!
        • Mar 29 2012: Thanks Edward. Great one. I believe all of us can think of such crazy ideas and as it has been constantly pointed out imagination does not apply to skilled few - it is waiting in all of us to be triggered as Tom pointed out by the right environment or simply seeing others share them fearlessly.
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    Mar 27 2012: people do that all the time in government.
  • Mar 26 2012: wanna stimulate creativity? watch some mitch hedberg videos on youtube and then just try to wonder about stuff the way he does

    his ideas might sound silly but it takes a lot of creativity to come up with that... and it works for me at least, listening to him for a while gets me going, finding new perspectives on stuff
  • Mar 26 2012: Right on Krisztián!