Friday, February 27, 2015

A new version of FOLIO

I will be posting a new, simplified version of FOLIO soon. I need more hours in the day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hindsight-How to...More and More


As explained in the FOLIO Simplified  post, the How to...more and more (which was called "Creative-mentor" in that FOLIO simplified post) nudges thinking towards creative thinking. It's like I imagine there's a mentor with me who sets a creative challenge, with the challenges always being in the same format. Here's some examples of challenges in the How to...more and more format:

How to make (reading) more and more (enjoyable).
How to make (libraries) more and more (popular).
How to make (paper books) more and more (durable).
How to make (my singing) more and more (melodious).
How to make (learning maths) more and more (painless).

Obviously those are all simple, creative challenges. The template to form challenges like that would be:

How to make (topic) more and more (random adjective).

Purpose of Hindsight-How to...more and more

The purpose of the Hindsight-how to...more and more (that's getting to be a bit of a mouthful!) is to generate more angles on a topic, more perspectives. Especially with a view to generating ideas.

The Hindsight-how to... more and more

To do a Hindsight how to...more and more, I pick an idea and ask:

If this idea were the product of a challenge in the format "How to make (topic) more and more (adjective)", what would the specifics of that challenge be? What would have been in the "topic" and "adjective" sections?

For example, if I had this idea:

Go swimming more often.

then I can reason that swimming has an effect on my body (thus "my body" is the topic), and an adjective that would describe the changes I want to happen to my body could be "fit". Thus:

How to make (my body) more and more (fit).

Or I could reason that my swimming has an effect on the local swimming pool, and an adjective that describes the changes to swimming pool is "profitable". Thus:

How to make (local swimming pool) more and more (profitable).

Some more possibilities could be:

How to make (my weekends) more and more (varied).
How to make (my childhood learnings) more and more (relevant). 

Thus, just from the simple starting idea of  "go swimming more often", the Hindsight-How to...more and more produces the following information - new angles and perspectives:

My body
Making my body fitter
The local swimming pool
Making the local swimming pool more profitable
My weekends
Making my weekends more varied
My childhood learnings
Re-applying my childhood learnings

All of these are great areas to think about about and apply some creative thinking. 


Other focuses

In the above examples I've applied the Hindsight-How to...more and more  just to ideas, but I can apply it to anything - objects, beliefs, people, activities, thought experiments, problems, goals, etc. For example, for the topic: my pet dog,  the Hindsight-how to...more and more could give:

How to make (my home) more and more (friendly).
How to make (the weekly food shop) more and more (expensive).(!)
How to make (my walks) more and more (enjoyable).

As another example, for the topic the moon I can have in my mind the idea that the moon was the product of a Hindsight-How to...more and more, almost like it was the product of a creative project - like someone sat down and invented the moon! Thus:

How to make (the solar system) more and more (full).
How to make (the sea) more and more (tidal).
How to make (the night sky) more and more (bright).

More examples applied to ideas

So, here I apply Hindsight-How to...more and more to end up with a sentence in the format:

How to make (topic) more and more (adjective).

The ideas are underlined in italics, and the result of the Hindsight-How to...more and more  (a How to...more and more) is under each one.

Link up with people reading the same book.

= How to make (book's readership) more and more (familiar).

What's the best way to find books that might interest me?

= How to make (my resources) more and more (productive)

How to relearn everything I've forgotten since leaving school?

= How to make (my old textbooks) more and more (useful) 

Make reading obsolete by inventing a way to download books to your brain.

= How to make (the human brain) more and more receptive. 

Could I get a kindle?

How to make (my reading habits) more and more (frequent).

I could go through my books and sort them out.

How to make (my book shelf) more and more (organised). 

I could read more non-fiction.

How to make (my reading habits) more and more (diversified). 

I could dig a book out right now and read.

How to make (my present moment) more (productive).

Could I read some of the classics?

How to make (my reading mindset) more (experimental)?

Could I make a list of the books I enjoyed as a child and pass them on to my children?

How to make (my childhood experiences) more and more (influential).

Contribute to the local library. Give some books away.

How to make (my old books) more and more(appreciated).

Read a book that doesn't interest me at all.

How to make (my cerebral pursuits) more and more (adventurous).

Write critical reviews of books I hate on Amazon.

How to make (my book opinions) more and more (widespread).

Try to design a cover for a book.

How to make (my creativity) more and more (design-oriented).  

Live in a cave and spend all day reading.

How to make (my life) more and more (bizarre). 

Read Chairman Mao's Little Red Book.

How to make (the world's famous books) more and more familiar. 

Read up on understanding the economy.

How to make (my financial knowledge) more and more (diverse).

Taking a Step Towards Creativity

I can get creative by simply replacing any adjective with another random adjective. For example, with:

How to make (my creativity) more and more (design-oriented).

I can replace the design-oriented with:

How to make (my creativity) more and more (splashy)
Interpretation = How to make my creativity more involved with generating family fun.

How to make (my creativity) more and more (relaxing)
Interpretation = Maybe...how to make a creative contribution to the areas of meditation and mindfulness. Develop a new mindfulness technique maybe?

How to make (my creativity) more and more (lazy)
Interpretation = I usually sit down at a desk and graft out ideas (especially when writing jokes). Why not try just "planting seeds" in my mind, have an incubation period, and see what my mind comes up with by inspiration?

More examples

Original: How to make (the human brain) more and more (receptive)
Alternative: How to make (the human brain) more and more (secure)
Interpretation: What would be ways to make the brain safer from accidents?

Original: How to make (the present moment) more and more (productive).
Alternative: How to make (the present moment) more and more (smelly).
Interpretation: Put some incense on!

Original: How to make (my childhood experiences) more and more (influential).
Alternative: How to make (my childhood experiences) more and more (nocturnal).
Interpretation: An idea that appeals this!...Use lucid dreaming experiences to revisit memories from my childhood.

See also:

How to create a list of adjectives quickly