How ridiculous and absurd would you like?

Another of those great serendipitous connections:

I picked up an idea from my friend Nimmy on Facebook, checked her profile for her twitter ID then discovered her wonderful blog of musings and interesting insights.

Firstly hat tip for a link to Seth’s Blog on ‘Where do ideas come from‘. My three favourites are:

Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide

Ideas come in spurts, until you get frightened. Willie Nelson wrote three of his biggest hits in one week

Ideas fear experts, but they adore beginner’s mind. A little awareness is a good thing

I particularly like this final insight as it is becomming a re-occurring experience that the least experienced individual of the many groups I work with always have the most intriguing ideas, partly, I assume, because they lack the inbuilt filter that says “but I cannot suggest that, it would never work”.

Well getting back to Nimmy, she has had a great idea here. Her idea is to make Conferences exciting and unusual by adding something paradoxical eg a topic that is ridiculously and absurdly against the topic!

Now this sounds really interesting. I always wanted to set up a spoof session that illustrated the futility of KM by over-egging the extremes and the obvious but this idea of Nimmy’s has a much greater pedigree in innovation.

As part of my work with Argenta Europ we teach engineers creativity, innovation and problem solving but our most enjoyable, memorable and best received session is the one entitled “What is the pig”.

I cannot reveal the intricate details of this wonderful exercise apart from saying that it encourages “wild and wacky” ideas and ends up illustrating one of the greatest components of innovation ‘Co-creation’.

Anyway if any conferences out there fancy some co-creation, ‘what is the pig’ or just something ridiculous and absurd please do get in touch.


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