Unsolicited problem-solving as a sponsored activity
Image credit: a mockup using SENS logo (not an actual sponsorship)
Darko SavicApr 18, 2022
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Bounty for the best solution
Provide a bounty for the best solution
Bounties attract serious brainpower to the challenge.
Sponsored problem-solving where sponsors pay ideators for the time spent coming up with unsolicited but useful ideas that are then shared with the world.
The more time/energy talented ideators have to spend making a living, the less they have for solving the world's problems.
A way to support ideators in spending their time on what they are good at and where they are most useful to society.
A way for sponsors to gain exposure as contributors to making the world a better place, one idea at a time.
How it works
A sponsor pre-pays for a set number of their favorite ideator's future ideas/solutions/contributions. In so doing, they get mentioned/linked alongside the published content.
An idea is an attempt to solve a problem. All ideas are built upon other ideas. Existing knowledge serves as the foundation for new ideas. The more problems we solve, the more our cumulative pool of knowledge expands. As a result, we can tackle new challenges with this expanded knowledge base. This is how we grow as a species.
Comparing sports to problem-solving
Competing in sports takes years of hard work and dedication. An athlete's sponsors pay for their freedom from obligations/jobs so that they can focus on training. In turn, the athlete wears their sponsors' logos all over their clothing as gratitude for supporting their career. This way sponsors gain exposure and subsequently recoup their investment in the athlete.
Likewise, coming up with useful ideas takes a lot of mental energy, time, research, and luck where people run into the right events/ideas that inspire new solutions. A talented problem-solver's time would best be spent perfecting their talent so that they can come up with ever-better ideas that eventually benefit the world.
With ideators, even their training can be useful to the world. To make the ideas worthy of publishing they have to be useful. Even small ideas can make people's lives a little bit easier.
What needs to happen to make sposors want to support ideators?
Sponsors generally want to be seen by their target audience. Depending on their speciality, some sponsors may be interested in sheer numbers while others may seek niche audiences. Regardless, the following needs to be in place:
Open sharing of ideas needs to become a thing, just like blogging, tweeting or creating Youtube videos.
A place where people share ideas and solve each other's problems.
Ideators known for high quality of their ideas need to emerge.
Sponsors need to see viewership metrics so that they can estimate exposure gained by sponsoring ideators.
A way for sponsor's name/brand/link to be listed alongside every idea their ideator came up with. Thereby gaining exposure for the money invested in the ideator. (see header image)
A way for sponsors to sign up and buy sponsorship packages from ideators.
Ideators don't have to wait for sponsors to notice them. They could go around like young athletes do and look for sponsors that believe in them before they make a name for themselves. They can present their portfolio of ideas and sharpen their sales skills while talking to potential sponsors.
I imagine most people have niche ideas focusing around their area of interest. Sponsors that specialize in the same area would be more likely to sponsor likeminded ideators. Rather than saying "will you buy my idea" the ideator would say "will you sponsor my ideas within your area of interest".
Long term outcome
If ideators become athlete-famous for sharing their ideas, young people will want to get in on the action. The result is many new creative thinkers and problem solvers and many new solution to world's problems. This achieves all of the Brainstorming platform's objectives. It's a way to advance the frontiers of science and make our technologies catch up with our ambitions.
People whose thoughts/words are being sponsored will try even harder to increase the quality of their ideas to live up to the sponsor's trust.
By paying for an ideator's time so that they can think and come up with ideas, the sponsors are in a way pre-paying for the ideas. They are betting that their ideator will come up with useful ideas that are worth spreading. When they do, the sponsor's name will accompany the idea in its original place of origin.
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Not all ideas can be sponsored for publicity. What about brilliant ideas without viral potential?
Mikhail KorsanovApr 25, 2022
Sponsoring ideas for getting public attention may be good for those ideas which have a high viral potential: self-distributing memes. For brilliant ideas without such a potention, there must be a different motivation.
What about sponsoring an ideator for getting his ideas first? Those who crown-fund an ideator, get ideas first, and the rest of public, will get access later. What about a rule: the more you pay, the earlier you get it.
For example, if you pay 1000$ per month, you get ideas immediately and also you get access to the most promising ideas. If you pay 500 per month, you get ideas with a 3 month delay. If you pay 250$ per month, the delay will be half a year. If you don't pay, you get all ideas except the most brilliant ones in a year.