BACKGROUND on Spark Decks© and Stimulus Response®: As we teach in Innovation Engineering training courses research by the IE Institute team finds that creativity and innovation is not random. You can increase the number of ideas you generate by a factor of 10 and the number of validated BIG IDEAS by a factor of 6. The three principles are:
1. Explore STIMULUS - Stimulus sets off a chain reaction of free associations that spark fresh ideas.
2. Leverage DIVERSITY - When different people, interact with stimulus and each other an exponential increase in fresh ideas is ignited.
3. Drive Out FEAR: Fear of failure kills free associating. To be successful it must be replaced with a sense of curiosity, experimentation and exploration in a Fail FAST Fail CHEAP way.
Spark Decks translate insights from the six fields of Stimulus Mining (Patent, Wisdom, Market, Insight, Future and Unrelated) into an easy to use format. The slides contain a DISRUPTIVE Fact deigned to engage fresh ideas - and a set of DIVERGENT prompts designed to ignite fresh thoughts. The slides are made available for downloading - allowing you to customize the divergent prompts and to edit the slides.
Technology Mining: A revolutionary custom printer! How can you make a normally permanent part of your service/product a temporary one? How can you add an element on-the-spot?
Market Mining: Together: IBM (and others) ordering their work-from-home employees to stop working from home. Studies are showing that employees who work in the same location communicate, collaborate, and work together better. How can you make it easier for remote employees to collaborate?
Future Mining: According the the Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship, despite the chatter - the Millennials represent a FALL in the rate of young entrepreneurs from 35% to 23%. If millenials aren't picking the path of entrepreneur, how can your organization attract them?