Problem-solving as a street shop service where ideators come up with solutions to random peoples' problems
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Darko SavicApr 19, 2022
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General problem-solving as a street shop service. People walk into a problem-solving office and explain their problems. Upon researching/thinking, a talented ideator gets back to them with solutions.
An endless stream of new problems to think about. To a habitual problem-solver, this feels like a conveyor belt for new ideas.
A way for ideators to make a living doing what they are good at.
A place where people can get advice that is actually useful and feasible.
As some problems begin to repeat, the ideator would already have the solutions ready.
How it works
A self-employed talented ideator works in a walk-in office/shop on a busy street. Half of the office furniture is laid outside to make it more inviting/friendly. There are signs around the shop that make it clear that the ideator is there to come up with solutions for peoples' problems.
The pitch goes something like this: "Tell me about your problem. I will try to come up with a solution on the spot. If I can't, you should leave your email/number and I will contact you if/when I have a solution. My help is free of charge but you can leave a tip if you found it useful."
Online community for ideators
The ideator posts all the interesting/difficult problems on the Brainstorming platform where they have a community of ideators that run street problem-solving shops just like their own. All the ideators collaborate and help each other solve people's problems.
When a passerby comes in with a problem, the ideator can:
attempt to come up with a cool solution on the spot
search for something similar on the Brainstorming platform
take the customer's contact info and pass the problem to the brainstorming community while also thinking about it over the next few nights/showers/walks.
The ideator shares any unique solutions they come up with on the Brainstorming platform. This enriches their portfolio and makes the world/internet slightly better.
The office/shop layout
I imagine an ideator sitting behind an L-shaped desk in a small street shop. The desk is positioned so that 2 chairs can be placed outside and 2 inside. During bad weather, the outside part is closed off with a sliding glass wall.
On a nice sunny day, the layout makes it possible for up to 4 people to sit and talk to the ideator. Half the capacity during bad weather. Imagine a nicer version of this layout below where the counter is replaced with a desk and the chairs are more comfortable:
This would also work for the intended purpose:
For more upscale setups, something like this could be placed in busy pedestrian areas:
Strongly extroverted ideators could even go with an office like this:
Whatever gets people to talk to you and open up about their problems.
Another good location for a problem-solving consultancy business would be anywhere where people are bored/waiting.