Monday, July 26, 2004

Global Ideas Bank

I've had 143 ideas published on the Global Ideas Bank. The Global Ideas Bank is an international suggestion-box for social inventions.


A person in each street to take in parcel deliveries
80%

A facility on computers to record all on-screen events
27%

A monthly compilation of new ideas from all ideas sites
87%

Motoring endorsements clearly displayed on cars
80%

Chasing the 'impossible ideal' of 'exhaustive information available universally' to create ideas
80%

'Experiments in the day' to nurture creative attitudes
90%

'X-versions' for development of idea germs
50%

Traffic police 'special' constables
20%

Replicas of displayed books at British Library
90%

The Rubbish Lottery: every disposable package is a 'lottery ticket'
85%

The 'down the back of the sofa' charity fundraising day
58%

Cloning Aspects: a simple technique for generating new ideas
40%

Public vote to choose Olympic's new sport
77%

Sports centres arrange ongoing team sports open to all
80%

Peripheral hearing: a method to find inspiration when composing music
50%

Peripheral Viewing: harnessing peripheral vision as a creative tool.
80%

A 'Hall of Fame' for each town
57%

Regions of space named after the departed
63%

Lifts that access ground floor and top floor only
73%

Learning a new language by gradually replacing words as you surf
79%

Some suggestions, ideas and possibilities for the Global Ideas Bank
90%

A yearly target for tsunami fundraising
30%

GIB Newslink
83%

Slides as well as stairs and escalators at underground stations
65%

Students study self-help books in addition to the classics
75%


A 'Mind Map of links' option above websites' links
85%

Autograph grouping - an easy way to raise considerable funds
70%

A 'who would you vote for if you thought they could win' vote in elections
82%

A London cycling marathon
80%

Crash vehicles at accident hotspots
60%

Hoax emergency calls recorded and played at local schools
77%

Train safety information available on website
80%

The Voice: a centralised, one-stop website for the distribution of public opinion, letters and complaints
90%

An MOT for computers at a PC 'clinic'
20%

A replica of Stonehenge in a London park
55%

A centralised 'password forgotten' webiste
10%

Damaged areas of warzones preserved for education
86%

Double-priced lottery one week per year for charity funding
62%

Computer error messages contain links to website
90%

An interview with a senior royal each Christmas
85%

Detonate surplus nuclear weapons to attract ET
73%

A charities' charity that promotes and raises funds
40%

A section of seats in TV studio audiences auctioned for charity projects
70%

Three ideas for Yellow Pages to improve
80%

Text message reminders to mobiles on train's 'quiet' carriage
80%

Double priced seats on transport for urgent travel
10%

Supermarkets deliver goods to local newsagents
10%

Tax benefits for children who reach eighteen without a criminal record
80%

Centralised crowding information
70%

A 'non-movement' ISP to stop chat room use
30%


Colour-coded petrol pumps and petrol caps
80%

Small charity donations possible when cash point is used
80%

A quick-stop parking meter in each street
80%

A second tier of the Olympics
80%

Pre-register with emergency services for speed
80%

A website with ten seconds of every song
75%

Residences for the Queen and Prime Minister in other cities
70%

An insurance company for drivers with a clean licence.
80%

Newsagents to keep unsold supplements to sell
10%

Cinemas show first ten minutes of another film.
80%

Real prizes - rather than money - offered in lottery
60%

Web astronomy guide
80%

The 'Museum of museums' in cities
80%

Crowds and queuing at theme parks: three ideas
40%

Students can sit exams in pollen-free environment
70%

Two 'twins' for each newborn baby.
88%

Speed cameras to check whether seatbelts worn
57%

International vote to choose host of Olympics
88%

A unique third name for each citizen
83%

A website showing content of that day's papers
33%

A compilation of all restaurant menus in your area
10%

A webpage for each news programme providing explanations/definitions
87%

Phone call required to complete registration for chat rooms
60%

Reminders service via e-mail
83%

School lessons recorded on webcam for pupils to review at home
90%


A call from your mobile required to start your car.
60%

A ship that acts as a mobile pier
83%

1472 - a slight change to 1471
80%

A website for asking the Prime Minister questions at Question Time
89%

Testing schools by subsequent unemployment rate of pupils
85%

A free patent for each citizen
88%

Songs made available for all artists to cover and interpret
57%

Selling of coverless books to reduce costs
90%

An 'Other Applications' suggestion area
90%

Careers choices - choosing 'emulation' rather than a career title
84%

'Star Newcomer' of the week on the Global Ideas Bank
85%

Email/Text alerts for astronomical phenomena
83%

An 'Anyone Reunited' website to find people from the past
57%

A "possible contacts" feature on the Global Ideas Bank
70%

Minor crimes picked randomly and treated as serious crimes
40%

A webpage for each rail station in cities
70%

Cinemas to show football matches
50%

Drive-hire scheme for parking
87%

Car horns broadcast to other cars to prevent sleep at the wheel.
40%

A dashboard speedometer that reflects onto the windscreen
66%

A countdown for each change at traffic lights.
60%

A facility on search-engines to register your search
90%

Three ideas for safer boxing
45%

A scheme where you agree to double fine if caught speeding
54%

Abridgement of books by colour- coding
62%


A webpage for each library book
66%

A daily time-capsule made with contents of the web
63%

Cycle and motorcycle lights to be different from other vehicles
20%

A travelling museum that opens a town's interesting places to the public
90%

Speed camera has ‘report to station’ flash or ‘instant ban’ flash.
27%

A weekly e-mail expressing willingness to be an organ donor
60%

A second tier of 999 centres to eliminate 'time wasting' calls
85%

A second emergency number that alerts your family and friends
50%

London's treasures to tour the country
37%

A facility on PCs that contacts the emergency services instantly
84%

An alternative layout in books
37%

Local Crimewatch - e-mailed pictures of people wanted locally
90%

An 'instant cancel' phone number for credit cards
10%

A laser projected onto running tracks to show record-breaking pace
83%

Matching people by their internet bookmarks / favourites
73%

A 999 prefix option for quicker connection to appropriate service
20%

A centralised database of war memorials
60%

A website directory of all the second hand books for sale in libraries
80%

Olympic flag has sixth ring to represent the Paralympics
40%

Register a 'lifetime' vote in elections
50%

A project to make great ships seaworthy again
20%

A 'Tree Quota' for each square mile.
10%

A directory of problems on the Global Ideas Bank
87%

A public vote to choose the faces on banknotes
80%

Visible display to show rate of electricity use
80%


A scheme to auction off a place in every movie made
87%

A new flag to represent the world
90%

Fooball players' bans measured in half-bans instead of whole game bans
10%

Shadow Books: expansion of books through the internet.
80%

Night schools provide video sample of first lesson of courses
50%

999 ambulance centres alert first-aiders near accident scene
10%

Nightclubs: deposit on entry to encourage good behaviour and ensure safe travel home
90%

Local football clubs to use their pitch as driving ranges during closed season
10%

Advertising on bank notes to raise money for charities
25%

Phone-number email addresses to make everyone contactable by email
0%

A webpage for every prescription drug for information and patient discussions
86%

Boot sales - central place for selling of CD's and books.
70%

Lottery entry slips - tick box for 10% to charity
84%

Charity wishing wells in shopping centres
88%

Pop charts for different age groups
47%

Reduced tax on petrol for those with clean driving licence
60%

TV tobacco advertising money to go to charity
68%

Bibliographies in works of fiction to show author's influences
79%

Friday, July 16, 2004

All the posts in a nutshell

Here are all the posts on this blog in a nutshell. Each entry links to the main entry.

A quick method for highlighting general problems:
In a nutshell: find a subject. Increase or decrease the degree of a characteristic of the subject. Consider problems that would be caused by that. Use those problems to identify real-world problems.

Work in progress...

Systematic Fiction Project: Introduction

The fiction project started in the year 2000 with a simple question:

I don't have obvious talent as a fiction writer, but I'd like to write interesting stories. How can I use existing creativity techniques and develop new ones that can be used to create strong stories?

I started by examining existing films and stories and asking "How were the interesting concepts, strong dialogue and plot developments created, and how can techniques be created to devise more of these?" I studied films such as The Green Mile and Pulp Fiction, and used the Tintin stories of Herge, as I thought that some of Herge's plots and ideas were capable of being used for adults (just!) and that the stories were often full of interesting twists. I could also open the Tintin books at any page and be able to instantly see the stage of the story's development.

I made good progress (and developed some techniques that can also be used for "real world" creativity) but with hindsight I have been able to see a key mistake I was making: I knew the films and stories so well that I was inadvertently studying each story and treating the story's developments as though they were the right answer and most important, the only right answer, as though the story couldn't have developed in any other way. So I decided to drop the analysis of existing stories and "go live": that is, use the existing techniques developed to create new stories from scratch.

At the time of writing (July 2007) I can say that my project hasn't finished yet and that I haven't yet achieved what I set out to do, but I do have an array of tools that I believe has the potential to act as a creative toolbox for writing stories. Eventually I am hoping that I will be able to establish an "entry point" for writing stories: a simple model that acts as a "pivot" when writing and developing a story.

Readers are invited to offer any feedback and contributions. An idea that appeals to me is that the pool of techniques could -- at some time in the future -- be used to create collaborative stories, where anyone can participate in the creation and development of a story.


Idea Hooks
Example Idea Hooks
The Gods of the Story and supertools


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