Built upon the ‘recipe’ from a previous post, I call these items ‘utensils’ because I see them as useful tools to stimulate or improve how your brain works. Interestingly, each of the items begins with the letter ‘I’.
… is the total combination of your knowledge and information, stored in your brain. You tap this significant wealth to create or find stimuli to make ideas, including linking disparate ideas together. It also feeds your intuition to stimulate brainstorming.
… is your ability to open yourself to everything that’s possible and impossible. It creates a mental vision or picture. If intelligence is past information, imagination is future information. As a skill, you might call it daydreaming.
… refers to isolating the kernel of truth or understanding about a particular topic. It’s created in two steps, through 1) observation and discovery, an intensive examination of everything associated with the need or problem, such as its history or the current perceptions of the audiences who might need or use the idea; and through 2) obsession, a thorough pre-occupation with both the topic and the problem, often when not directly engaged with the problem.
… is your ability to create as many ideas as possible. By having more ideas, you’ll also yield more good ideas. (See the post on 23 February about the 90:10 Rule.)
… can be described with the saying, two heads are better than one. While it’s not impossible to brainstorm alone, it’s more effective if the imaginative power of many people are leveraged at the same time. By sharing individual ideas and energy, compatible ideas from different points of view can be combined and merged into bigger and more successful ideas.
… is the flash of brilliance – the spark of AHA! – that comes when the other elements combust. Different people describe the moment of inspiration differently, but more often than not, it’s usually a spontaneous and fateful event, happening when the problem-solver least expects it, during daydreaming, taking a walk or working on a different project.
… are needed to make ideas. You’ve been producing ideas, both good and bad, for other problems about the same length of time you’ve been on Earth. When you brainstorm ideas, you’re using ideas you’ve created or experienced to help solve another (entirely unrelated) problem in front of you now.
What else do you use a tool to help stimulate brainstorming?