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: The Pirelli Connesso system with a sensor and mobile app automatically tracks and displays tire data. How can you use technology to ease any burden of using your products and services?
Future Mining: Amazon recently acquired Whole Foods Market, but predominantly brick-and-mortar grocers should not be concerned, right? What competitor(s) might you be underestimating due to projections from the past that just might not apply in the future?
Unrelated Mining: Customer Journey: Shortened - What unexpected service could you provide to make your customers’ lives easier?