How to have more ideas. The secret sauce of Innovation.

Here’s the secret sauce: how to have more ideas.

Anyone can have more ideas (and indeed, get more ideas from their friends and colleagues) if you follow these simple steps.

If for any reason you can’t see the slideshare slides, here’s the summary of how to have more ideas (in as few words as I can).

– Our brains are full of knowledge, insights and experience.Ideas happen when we make a connection between those apparently disparate things

– The more connections we make, the more ideas we will have. It’s as simple as that

– We can provoke connections by;

– going where smart people go like conferences

– being inquisitive

– asking the ‘dumb’ questions

– asking how we might predict the future

– but most of all, have ideas, write them down, don’t filter them because ideas trigger ideas

Here is the link to

Brilliant Idea #45. TV program that creates products from crowd-sourced ideas

Here it is, Brilliant Idea #45, a TV show that crowd-sources ideas and turns them into real products

The call to action for the TV viewing members of the public is to offer those ideas, inventions, solutions that they’ve had nagging away away at them for years, but didn’t know what to do with. They submit these online for review. You would expect to have a lot of submissions, so stage 2 is to get the ‘crowd’ to vote in order to select one per show.

The show then takes the inventions / ideas / concepts through a development, prototyping, testing and build process. All of the items can then be sold online.

Every channel has a number of these ‘transformation’ shows and I’ve been toying with ideas about new formats for years. Whether its renovating an old car, cooking something, gardening, decorating, it’s the same basic narrative – you start with something and turn it into something else.

The brilliance of this idea (even if I do say so myself) is that the audience co-creates the show – not just the people with the idea, but the people that vote for the idea, collaborate on the idea and even buys the product that results in the process.