14 Ways to Get Breakthrough Ideas by Mitch Ditkoff

  1. Awake at the WheelFollow your fascination
  2. Immerse
  3. Tolerate ambiguity
  4. Make new connections
  5. Fantasize
  6. Define the right challenge
  7. Listen to your subconscious
  8. Take a break
  9. Notice and challenge existing patterns and trends
  10. Hangout with diverse groups of people
  11. Brainstorm
  12. Look for happy accidents
  13. Use creative thinking techniques
  14. Suspend logic


If you want to increase your chances of getting a breakthrough idea, you will need to break the bonds of the familiar. Hang out with a different crowd. Go beyond the usual suspects. Seek the input of oddballs, mavericks, outcasts, or, at the very least, people outside of your field. – Mitchell Lewis Ditkoff

A counterintuitive thought on nurturing new ideas by Paul English of Kayak

why-kayak-co-founder-paul-english-doesnt-hire-people-from-the-travel-industryI just hate design by consensus. No innovation happens with 10 people in a room. It is very easy to be a critic and say why something won’t work. I don’t want that because new ideas are like these little precious things that can die very easily. Two or three people will nurture it, and make it stronger, give it a chance to see life. -Paul English, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of Kayak

Read the full article here: “Paul English of Kayak, On Nurturing New Ideas” by Adam Bryant

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It’s time to convert our public libraries into idea hub or co-working spaces: And why we need to take down those “Observe Silence” signs

Sometime in 2006, I wrote about the state of our public libraries in the Philippines as my final term paper for my Public Policy class. I have used several public libraries in Navotas and in Maynila as my cases.

Some of my findings were as follows:

  • Public libraries lack new books, researches and other valuable reading materials.
  • Most of our public libraries are not utilizing advanced technologies.
  • Public libraries are receiving only a small chunk of the budget from the local government.
  • Library users/visitors were declining overtime.
  • Some public library buildings were old and dilapidated.
  • Public libraries are boring.

These were my observation then. I am interested to know if this is still the case today. However, every time I pass by Maynila and visit my father in Navotas, I can still observe that the situation has not significantly changed.

I always believe that public spaces like parks and public libraries are important resources for the public if utilized and managed well. Thus, they deserved the attention of the policy makers in the government, the educators and even the businessmen and entrepreneurs. These public spaces must cope up with the advancement of knowledge and technologies that are happening now. They should even be more productive now.

To do so, we can explore the idea of converting those public libraries into idea-hub and co-working spaces.

More than being a place where people can read, I envision our future public libraries to be a place where students and idea enthusiasts can engage with one another, discuss ideas and explore other exciting opportunities and projects. Public libraries will be providing access to professional infrastructure such as cool studyspace, workspace, Internet and utilities, conference rooms, and business services. In this case, libraries now become a creative community that many students, freelancers, and independents are looking for.

It is time to take down that “Please observe silence” sign posted in corners of the library. It is too medieval. It is not relevant anymore. Replace it instead with “Open and free discussions here” signage. A public library should deviate from its previous stereotype of a “silent place” and innovate into becoming a more proactive and productive place for everyone.


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