Category Archives: Inspiration

Question are as important as answers

“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old questions from a new angle, requires creative imagination … Continue reading

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Look for solutions in nature

Wired Science shows how, quite often, solutions to problems already exist–in nature. For example: The long, tapered nose of the Shinkansen, the high-speed trains of Japan, were modeled after the beak of the kingfisher, which drastically reduces the resistance as … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: “…one small step for man…”

I remember sitting on the linoleum floor of our living room, in my pajamas, transfixed by that grainy images. We had set foot on another world. We need to go back. We need to go farther. And I believe that … Continue reading

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Question Conventional Wisdom; or “What Color Is an Alligator?”

Conventional wisdom is defined as “A widely held belief on which most people act.” It’s the stuff that “everybody knows.” Take, for example, alligators. Thanks to countless images in children’s books, cartoons, and comics, as well as all the toy … Continue reading

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Fun: An Antidote For “The Way We’ve Always Done It”

Think there’s not much new you can do with going up and down stairs? Try injecting some fun. Going up: And going down: (Hat tip to Dan Pink.)

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Ideas Alone Won’t Cut It: The Value of Hard Work

Many of us are always on the lookout for shortcuts: Ways to make things easier, faster, less strenuous. (Hence the popularity of sites like Lifehacker, and book titles that feature phrases like “The Easy Way to…” or “…Made Easy.”) To … Continue reading

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Ignorance is innovation fuel

In one of his recent Monday Morning Memos, Roy H. Williams offered some excellent advice for people who are seeking to “think outside the box:” Talk to someone who doesn’t even know what box you’re talking about.

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Make the most of your accidents

In 1953, S. Donald Stookey, a researcher at Corning Glass Works, placed a sample of FotoForm glass into an oven, intending to heat it to 600 degrees Celsius for an experiment he was working on. (FotoForm glass, which Stookey invented, … Continue reading

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Seth Godin: Five Steps

Seth Godin offers us his “Simple five step plan for just about everyone and everything:” 1. Go, make something happen. 2. Do work you’re proud of. 3. Treat people with respect. 4. Make big promises and keep them. 5. Ship … Continue reading

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Innovation ideas from science fiction

Phil McKinney points out that science fiction writers have a record of “inventing” things years before they become reality: It’s staggering how much of what we do today is last generations science fiction!  

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