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Week #3: Idea: Experimenting towards solutions

The main goal of this phase is to add your idea a touch of innovation. But good ideas does not come easily. Most people who had those says that it’s the simplicity which makes good ideas great.

I myself participated in few of the brainstorms and would consider myself as an experienced user. But brainstorming is nothing about your experience or something you know. In fact the less you know the better it is. Brainstorming is not a science, it’s an art. The less you know, the less you borders build for your imagination. If you wouldn’t knew that plains do fly you wouldn’t draw them in the flying in the clouds or even give them wings.

The real pain in the a$$ is two things which really separates you and the great revelation for your idea. The first one is your brain, you ask why? Because our right part of the brain is responsible for radical solutions and patterns which makes sense. The awkward moment is when our brain receives the message that we have some kind a problem it tries to implement most reasonable, easiest solution we know. That’s why at the same time we are so smart, but not very creative when we need it. You remembers those times when you lie down in bed and those great ideas start coming with aureole of revelation to your head? Well that’s because you tricked your brain into going hibernate mode and he starts using left side of the brain more. Damn you brain…

Second part of the obstacle, is again, our brain. We just fear to spread our crazy ideas which seem that will be called stupid and get us embarrassed. That’s why one of the most important rules in brainstorming is no judging, completely. You must give people a chance to shout out their ideas and even encourage them. In start the idea might seem impossible to do, unrelated or any other logical reason that brain gives you. But it’s not the time to decide what is good and what is bad, because most of the time one of those 1000’s of ideas will be really good or either lead you towards another innovation which could turn all your business 180°. 

Now lets try and imagine how should our brainstorm look. The size of it should be somewhere around 3 to 5 people. I find it easier to brainstorm if you gather people around you which you know and trust. If you don’t have any people just do it alone, though I found it more difficult.

You may divide tasks between members of the group, but in my case we never did it, because it’s already rationalizing your way of thinking and building some kind a border for your imagination, so I wouldn’t recommend that. As well as I wouldn’t recommend going into deep discussions about one or other point. Of course that doesn’t count if some idea isn’t explained well.

The whole brainstorm atmosphere should be as much informal, but it may vary depending on the people which do it, but most of the time I’d suggest it doing in somewhere where you feel relaxed. You may even grab couple of beers or anything you like, just go with ‘hanging out’ mood and share your ideas.

There are no real solutions or methodology how to get the best ideas, but these are mine tips which I’d like you to use. Just try out every possibility, because sometimes it may look like an absurd idea that people will decline. But the ideas need publicity like air, because they will die if you not test them with real public and real people. It’s impossible to determine what the 7 billion people in our planet wants, so try to find your target group and you might just have a clue where you’re heading towards.

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Posted in All Students, Group 9, Marketing Products
This was originally published at strange Behaviour

Online communities: chance to rethink it over and over again implementing it and then putting it to practice.

If I had an idea, I would have probably joined online communities. The type of online communities I would join would depend on the context of design challenge itself. These can include your purpose and goals, so whether you want to reach out to the world. However, also includes your lacks, problems and orientations, in which the specific online community could help you. Some online communities for example concentrate on how to market and finance, while the others are concentrating how to find enthusiastic people. So it really depends on either your lacks, or your purpose.

The reason why I would want to join an online community is because it makes work easier and faster. Even though group work has its disadvantages, I think it definitely expands your learning through collaboration. The process whilst ‘getting there’ is the biggest learning experiences such online communities provide.  Besides that working in/with such online groups will stimulate action, process, and your motivation.

I would join work team, as they play a big role in gathering the people to collaborate online. This was my group, and I very much enjoyed researching different platforms and tools platforms offered, to guide our client. By working together with an online community, your design challenge gets much more realistic and specific making the project easier for you.

In all, I would have worked with an online community as you get to experience yourself how processes are done through online. In a world where technology is improving rapidly, you perhaps need to work with an online community or know about them.

“Making ideas happen isn’t easy and requires patience, determination and hard work. The most important part of it is not just coming up with a promising concept, but rather rethinking it over and over again, implementing it and then putting it to practice” Robert Hartland



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Posted in All Students, Group 3, Work Teams
This was originally published at Busra Aktas

Facilitating / Facilitation

It’s only when you start thinking about facilitating that you understand and see how much is being facilitated and how much you facilitate yourself. This is because I feel facilitating is a natural urge, the means to share information and the means to come to common ground on understanding each other.

Earlier today I saw a great documentary about creativity which Bart Hoekstra shared on facebook. It got me thinking about how creativity and spreading of idea works and how it got so much faster and easier in the past decade.

Technology facilitating has become one of the most important ways to share knowledge so that others can in their turn share their knowledge and so on.

If you take this principle to university as is happening, you take away regular ways of education but inspire the students to share great things with each other which in turn leads them to picking up way more knowledge than they would passively learning. In such a case it doesn’t matter that we deviate from the subject matter sometimes because it’s not useless information.

I feel it’s like additive learning, you keep picking up pieces and bits and it confuses you sometimes, but it also challenges you to complete the jigsaw and combine al these pieces into a new piece to complete a bigger jigsaw.

Facilitating others and others facilitating will keep on being of the most important aspects of learning, for without it initiative and infecting others with ideas is lost. Werther it’s trough technological, physical or mental interaction it’ll stay.

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Posted in All Students, Group 6, Idea Networks
This was originally published at Nout Hogesteeger

Everything is a Remix. Last part of a couple of short amazing…

Everything is a Remix. Last part of a couple of short amazing parts of a documentary about creativity. As it turns out: Everything is a remix.

Don’t forget to start at part 1.

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Posted in All Students, Group 1, Idea Networks
This was originally published at Bart Hoekstra's Tumbleblog