Browsing around, here are some articles about ideas, insight and planning that I’ve found very helpful, interesting, challenging, useful, thought-provoking and so on…
Seth Godin: Where do ideas come from?
This is a list of 20 places ideas come from. I like the way he makes ideas sound like living things, with lives of their own. Reminds me that we have to knock ideas into shape if we want them to help us achieve what we want them to.
Dave Trott: The difference between an insight and an idea
Useful thinking around the important difference between insight and ideas, that the latter really can’t exist without the former.
Little Scraps of Paper is a Posterous blog…
…which has lots of videos of creative people talking about their creative practices, where they get their ideas from.
Martin Weigel’s provocative article, Stop fetishising the insight
Great article, reminds us that even astonishing insights stop being ‘Aha’ revelations once they are expressed and become common knowledge/received wisdom. I hope I have understood his argument in that it leads me to think that although every idea needs insight, we shouldn’t waste time on perfecting the insight itself, gilding lilies, flogging dead horses, making silk purses etc etc. Our challenge is to not stop at the insight but to push for better ideas, make sure whatever we do is useful and true.
Tom Wagner’s Approaches to ideas and a proposed metaphor
Superb metaphor: ‘creative hedging’ = fits well with the current trend for no-process, no-formal brief protocol agile planningness…
…chock full of common sense and genius
Ideas are awesome…
…is full of lovely ideas, unsurprisingly
But the She Says sub-question (do women and men have different approaches to creativity) has got me thinking. Where are all the women blogging about ideas? Why am I looking for them separately now? Why aren’t they being referenced as much as men?
Here are some women blogging about good ideas and their thinking:
Heather LeFevre – a planning director in Amsterdam who runs an annual planner survey
The Made by Many blog features interesting women
Uberblond (although she is taking a break.)
Farrah Bostic – who curates a list of women to watch, which rather thrillingly includes my friend Nicki Sprinz
Now I’m starting to explore her blogroll and the blogs from there. There’s a world of new untapped stuff to read – how exciting!