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What do creative thinkers struggle with?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 28, 2021
What is an important problem that professional creative thinkers face? Can we come up with tools/solutions that solve this problem for them?

The creation of the open brainstorming platform is based on the hypothesis that focused collective ideation gives rise to an emergent property - creative superpower. Focusing our collective creativity on one problem at a time should increase our efficiency at solving hard problems. This should put humanity on a faster path to making our technologies catch up with our ambitions.

According to Shreyas Doshi's twitter thread people would not use a new product unless it:
  1. solves a problem for them
  2. the problem is important enough
  3. the problem is solved in the most efficient way
Before such a brainstorming platform can be useful to humanity at large it needs to be maximally useful to individual ideators. Fun doesn't hurt either:)

What is an important problem that such a platform could solve for creative people? How would the platform solve it?

[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergence

[2]https://brainstorming.com/about

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[4]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Exinmv2U4AAg3UQ?format=png&name=large

[5]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExihYLfUcAEUj3G?format=png&name=large

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How do I make money selling my ideas?

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Dragan Otasevic
Dragan Otasevic Mar 28, 2021
A sub-problem that needs to be addressed first is: How can I sell my idea without it being stolen? This could be solved by the marketplace for ideas proposal.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni4 months ago
To add to it, another related problem, when you want to earn by selling ideas, is to recognize the point when the idea can be made public. If you are too early, someone else can come with a ground-breaking upgrade and steal your thunder. If you are too late, either a parallel or a better version of the solution can be available increasing the competition or putting you out of business. On the other hand, if you don't make it public, you don't receive much feedback and the improvement may halt/ slow down.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni To solve this I would suggest a quote "Share your ideas, not your plans". I wrote a blog post elaborating on this train of thought - https://darkosavic.com/make-your-idea-notebook-public/
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni4 months ago
Darko Savic Half of the ideators struggle at the execution part. Even though their ideas are great, they don't know the next steps or cannot do them right. External help is needed here, too. Even though the idea is licensed, an upgrade on the idea is not. The upgrade would have been easy and the original ideator could have thought of it in a few days. But since the ideator made the idea public too early, someone else thought of the upgrade faster and posted it. The upgrade, although easy to conceive, might be extremely helpful, and therefore, heavily applauded.

The need for guidance from an expert to save time on virgin research

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 31, 2021
Problem: When a non-expert sets out to explore a new field a lot of time is spent sub-optimally before the high signal, low noise information is discovered. Initial guidance from an expert (or a few) would cut down the path to discovery.
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Deru Xu
Deru Xu4 months ago
I very much agree with your point of view. Exploring new areas not only requires professional knowledge guidance, but also requires fast and efficient collision of ideas, which comes from the exchanges of many creative people.

Where do I find creative people to brainstorm with?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 28, 2021
Problem: I would love to bounce my ideas off of some smart people and brainstorm on how to make them work. Where do I find ideators to brainstorm with?
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LW
Lee Webstera month ago
I am new to this site. However, I've been working at developing opportunities for creative types to network over the past several years. The group is called the Brainstorming Network Group. It can be easily searched by typing within any search engine the following - BNG Brainstorming.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
Hi Lee Webster! Welcome to the platform. That is good to hear. I will visit the page.
So does BNG connect brainstormers with ideas to potential people who want to invest/ buy, etc.?
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LW
Lee Webstera month ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni The BNG is composed of people with varied interests who desire to collaborate and share insights. It is not intended for seekers of investors or advertising to sell. Occasionally, people do become partnered at BNG on special projects and video presentations.

Is it a tool or a lifestyle? How to control it?

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Juran Jul 08, 2021
I do not consider myself a mature creative thinker yet, since I'm still learning how to think in a creative and practical way. But even now, I can smell trouble.

Do you ever feel sad/worried when your creativity lags? When there is no confirmation that your ideas are valuable, that your contributions are worthy and helpful, how do you stop yourself from feeling down? And what if we just decide to stop living the "creative thinkers" life? Will we feel like we didn't accomplish something?


From time to time, I have some eureka moments (aka solutions) that are the reason why I love brainstorming. But there was a time when I was stuck for a few months, with no motivation to think, or inspiration to envision. Although the brainstorming was tied to a small segment of my life, it became the general "downer". My mood became volatile depending on how creative I was in thinking that paticular day. Then, I started to think creatively in literally every segment of my life (relationships, basic tasks, etc) and it became a fun game with many levels. What if I decide to stop and just go back to the basic thinking, without any expectations, when I get older? Is it possible to go back?

How do you limit creative thinking only to the problems you choose?
How do you stop it and go back to the basic "non-creative thinking"?
Is it a life style or a tool? How do we keep it just a tool?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
I think we are a moving average of what we do. The more we do it, the more it becomes us. If things change, and we do something else for long enough, we become less the former and more the new version.

When you get into creative thinking and it becomes your default, it's a lifestyle. Creativity is the most useful trait our species has. It gives us an advantage, first to survive and then to prosper (Maslow's hierarchy of needs). If you manage to get it going well for you why would you want to turn it off?:)

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Juran25 days ago
Darko Savic I agree with you. The only reason why I would like to stop is because it's a tiring way of life. It mentally exhausts you, raises the bars of satisfaction, and makes things much more "complicated" than what they are initially meant to be (you think about stuff other people usually avoid). When you're a young intern, you work 20 hours a day. When you turn 50, you struggle with those regular 8 hours. Do you think the same thing happens with the ability to creatively think? And if it's your lifestyle, the most useful trait our species has, how do you prevent the awful feeling of being run over by time?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic25 days ago
Juran a few days ago David Sinclair tweeted this diagram https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E5Xnq27WUAE6U_S?format=jpg&name=small
According to the diagram, If all else fails we always have architecture:)

I know a guy who is beating his swimming records at 50. He's been a pro swimmer for most of his life. I feel much more creative at 40 than I did at 30 or 20. I can still put in 16-18 hours of focused mental work per day when I'm on a mission.

For me, random creative thinking isn't tiresome at all. It feels like playing a simple videogame (Tetris for example). On the other hand, running into a new problem worthy of my full attention feels like I'm getting ready for a mission, planning a vacation, going to a sports competition, etc. It feels like a kid finally getting a video game everyone's been waiting for. Such times are my highlights. Times to challenge myself, create, and feel alive. Most of my memories are like "period when I did project ...". I did some really weird projects. Friends often remind me as a joke "Remember when you worked on <insert something weird>?:)" which at the time when they say it sounds like something I would never do.

The more creative thinking you do, the less effort it takes. Eventually, you do it on autopilot. Like driving a bike or a car. You look around, observe things, and your creative autopilot shits out ideas for improvements all without you asking. It combines stuff into brand new remixes and occasionally you arrive at something worth sharing:)

The threat of being run over by time is a universal problem that's coming for all of us. It's called aging:) It's a problem worthy of everyone's collective creativity, talent, time/effort, resources, etc..

Sometimes creativity stalls. How do I get it going again?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 28, 2021
Problem: How can a creative person get good ideas flowing after they have stalled?

Some of these solutions could be made into online tools

The need for Instant, high-quality feedback

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 28, 2021
Problem: I'm trying to iterate on my idea. How do I get fast, high-quality feedback in sufficient numbers that I can draw conclusions based on it?

This could be the solution. A feature where the asker pledges a bounty and asks for feedback. Everyone who provides feedback of sufficient quality gets a share of the total bounty payout. The asker gets as much feedback as is needed and paid for.
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Dragan Otasevic
Dragan Otasevic4 months ago
Can we come up with any other incentives that would make people want to provide high-quality, constructive feedback without being paid to do so?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
As talked about in this tweet https://twitter.com/JamesClear/status/1325619143354314753?s=20, how do you know if your idea is good? High-quality feedback in sufficient numbers would solve this.

Finding the right buyer for your idea

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Mar 31, 2021
If a creative thinker wants to earn, they need the right buyer. A right buyer is the one who faces the problem that the idea solves, and therefore, knows the worth of the solution. They may be futurists and may not need the solution but can still buy it and bring it to reality. A platform like this will help individuals meet potential buyers. Bounties will also provide options to the buyers to collaborate with/ buy from. It is basically a win-win.

Have a good idea but no funds/skills to make it happen

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Apr 06, 2021
I see this problem pop up often on Quora. People say they have amazing ideas but lack the necessary skills, funding (or both) to bring them to life.

Solutions that come up in quora answers are:
  • Learn.
  • Hustle. Develop the necessary skills.
  • Find a partner or put together a team of people with the necessary skills.
  • There are 3rd party services that develop consumer products based on your idea and give you a percentage cut on products/license sold
  • Create a prototype and do crowdsourcing (kickstarter, indiegogo, etc)
How could this problem be solved better?

Difficulty Expressing their Ideas.

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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello Jul 22, 2021
Sometimes in the area of Science and Engineering new ideas require new expressions. There may not be enough conventional terms, mathematical expressions, or well-known expressions that can effectively communicate their ideas. For example, some Cosmology and Quantum mechanics ideas would be difficult to express or apply without enough knowledge of advanced algebra and differential calculus concepts. A lack of expertise can make one postpone projects or abandon them altogether.

Life gets in the way

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 08, 2021
I read through all the contributions and they cover pretty much everything I had to say, except that, even if you are feeling creative, you have a good team, your product is good, you know what needs to be done and even if you have potential investors, if you can not devote all your time and energy into the development of the idea (which is more often the case than not), ideas tend to stall and ultimately die because those involved have to focus on whatever jobs are providing an income for them to survive.

Learning how to manage your time better might help you see an idea through to the end, but often, and especially since the beginning of Covid, we are required to spend so much time on surviving that there simply isn't time to work on anything else.

Motivational speakers and business coaches tend to say that if you want to make a success out of something, you simply have to commit to it and take a chance. While this is obviously true, it is not very practical if you are living hand to mouth.

Unfortunately, this isn't a problem that I have a clear solution to. Everyone faces obstacles. Often, these hardships end up being conducive to the creative process.

Nevertheless, when thinking about what problems creatives struggle with, we would be mistaken not to include the fact that creative ideas, innovations and inspirations often do not fall within what is considered safe financial decisions, and the fear of making a mistake that could be devastating to a person or family's finances keep is able to destroy most ideas before they can even get started.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Venture capital and angel investors are there to solve this problem. They basically bet that the team will succeed. They put up their money and get a cut of whatever comes out of the endeavor.

For the team, the invested money pays for their freedom to create.

Positive Thinking/Motivation For The Creative Mind

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Daami A.
Daami A. Jul 29, 2021
You have a great idea to test out!

The question is, do you really want to bring it to limelight? Something must motivate you to churn your creative, inspiring juices to their utmost flavor.

It is important to set time limits for personal goals. Set yourself up so you can accomplish the most tasks in record time. For example, mowing the garden in an hour before the big game on TV.

A correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make things easier, and even enjoyable.

It’s simple. If you begin to permit yourself a bit of positive thinking then you will begin to realise that things which you never thought possible were in fact for you to do.

Discover some tips to make it through a lifetime of positive thinking.

Even when you’re just sitting in your favorite couch, your thought is constantly at work for you. Tap into it’s great resource while doing day-to-day activities.


  • Act. You must take passionate actions towards living your lifestyles by design. Talk is cheap. Action = deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future. My mother (probably quoting anybody else) always said, “Action speaks louder than words”. Without action, passion is void. Dreams become reality when you honestly start by tinkering with your mind, then with your hands. And if the idea weakens or falters, you can always go back to it later until you finish it. Thomas Edison and his Dream Team had to go back to the idea of a mild bulb and recalculate it over 1,000 times before the first working light bulb begin to mild the world.

  • Love. Commit to yourself. Then commit to those you love to powerfully create a life you can love. Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love alternatively than fear. Make Love your driving force. Firstly for yourself, then for your loved ones and then for the whole world! A dream will still be a dream without motion. Be amazed as the transformation begins.

  • Live. Embrace moments and opportunities. Recognize and embody the thought that each moment is perfect regardless of its outcome. Every time you hit on something that appears too extreme, why not give it a shot anyway. See if it will work. You may be surprised with the results. If you are not then decide to use that second to learn from it and make the appropriate shift. Learning and growing from mistakes and disasters is a part of living. Live and learn!


  • Be grateful. Dwell completely in a place of gratitude. Learn to utilize what you have in your palms and make use of it in the most constructive way. Necessity is the mother of invention. Have you ever been stuck without some thing you needed and had to make do with something else? (MacGyver,from the famous tv show, used to be famous for that!) How grateful were you that you had the means to solve your situation? Slipping into neediness will end up less of a habit when you repeatedly shift towards gratitude and away from negative mindset.


  • Be Passionate. Use a Passion Formula of Recognize/Reevaluate/Restore in area of the Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda whirlwind. The former is based on increased knowledge and abundance while the latter focuses on shortage and lack. As you face people or tasks that may seem tougher than scaling the summit of the Himalayas, allow yourself to realize that the task is simply as important as giving out orders to your subordinates. You would rather be richly passionate!


  • Laugh. Keep humor at the forefront of thought, laughing at and with yourself whenever possible. You may additionally find yourself quite entertaining when you loosen up! I have but to see a comedian ever go hungry even though his jokes are as ‘old as great-grandma’. Life has too much to offer to permit yourself to mope around in self pity. Humor is very attractive, very passionate and life-giving.

  • Discover Your Purpose. Believe that you are the architect of your destiny. Realizing how you wish to be remembered when you pass from this existence is a truly driving force. When you have a sturdy purpose, no one can take your passionate future from you except for you! Truly, as long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no limit to how much you can accomplish in a lifetime. Discovering and following your purpose will enable you to enjoy your work. Celebrate in the discovery that performing on your creative mind’s thoughts is fulfilling your purpose. Watch everything go with the flow into place with perfect, passionate precision.



Activate your positive thinking. Stretch your imagination. Think bigger than you feel comfortable. Act on your thoughts. The one TIP here is ACTION. You want to start practicing these steps.

Failure to act on ideas and opportunities go away many as a dim bulb in a dark corner.

You are not doomed to darkness. You are interested in living a existence of purpose and love. The wonderful, creative idea in you is about to be released.

Fortunately if you truly desire something, the will to attain it will open your innovative mind to find a way.

Take your first step today with a highly positive attitude.

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