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Alex Cosio

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What types of things do you do to help you open your mind, generate new ideas, and see connections you've never seen before?

I, like many other TED members out there enjoy thinking, especially about problems and their many solutions. How do you get yourself to think outside the box and generate new and unconventional ideas? I personally enjoy list-making and all kinds of charting. What are your strategies?

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    Jun 5 2011: I watch TED. And I'll get on Stumbleupon. I'll stumble for a while, and every once in a while I'll see something that sparks an idea. Also, I try to read magazines, see speeches. One thing I would recommend is just trying your a hand at something new, like, getting into electronics, a meals-on-wheel organization, or programming. It won't be long before you say, wow, there's a better way to do this, and the ideas will start flowing.

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