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.
Future Mining: From high end cooking magazines to blogs the food industry is trending towards clean & simple :: What does this mean for your product or industry?
Patent Mining: Innovation Engineering Labs - has a proprietary database of Flea Market Patents (about 250,000 a year) These are patents that at the time of posting it appears that the owner has not paid maintenance fees on. It is often possible to buy them from the owner at a good price. There is a 6 month grace period to reinstate the patent.
Unrelated Mining: Whitewater Processing Co. had an issue with employees not showing up to work :: Through a unique to them solution they are solving their issue how might their new employment options inspire you?