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.
Patent Mining: A circuit for detecting the transition of an input signal from one level to another. How you can start, stop or otherwise control changes like this in your business. Is the effect reversible? Can you use a means of detecting when a change is imminent?
Market Mining: Knowledge is power: how doctors can be at their best. Turning digital data and diagnostics into integrated workflows can help doctors who are strained to breaking point. What tools or knowledge would employees benefit from having easier access to perform their job?
Unrelated Mining: Portable Power banks provide a refreshing of energy to a mobile device when it is getting low. What is the refreshing energy source you can use for your company and employees when needed?