Building Right Questions with a Thesaurus

What was the question asked that inspired the development of Anti Wi-Fi Paint to neutralize radio frequencies. Certainly it was not “Let’s make paint that will neutralize wave frequencies“. The question asked was, “How can we stop radio frequencies from traveling through unwanted spaces and environments?

The end-results heavily depend on the coining and molding of the right question. Here’s a simple exercise to mold a great question:

  • Begin with your initial question/statement – whether it’s a challenge, a problem or an opportunity at hand
  • Write it down across the top of a page
  • Identify key words in your statement
  • Using a Thesaurus, begin to create variations of your statement by replacing the key words
  • Statements and questions with fresh perspectives will begin to form. Pay close attention to the variations.

Below is a very basic example to illustrate the point. For a creative entrepreneur and an innovator, each statement opens very different possibilities and solutions:

  • How can I travel to Miami more quickly (original statement)
  • How can I drive to Miami more directly
  • How can I fly to Miami instantly
  • How can I connect with Miami more instantly
  • How can Miami travel to me

eMagazine Reader Concept

A collaborative project by Bonnier R&D for a Magazine Reader. One of the major problems with current eReaders is their inability to read and display magazines and rich imagery.

The concept aims to capture the essence of magazine reading, which people have been enjoying for decades: an engaging and unique reading experience in which high-quality writing and stunning imagery build up immersive stories.

The concept uses the power of digital media to create a rich and meaningful experience, while maintaining the relaxed and curated features of printed magazines. It has been designed for a world in which interactivity, abundant information and unlimited options could be perceived as intrusive and overwhelming.

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And Falling Bears, Oh My!

Your flight has an impact. Plane Stupid’s new cinema ad, written and commissioned by creative agency Mother and made by production company Rattling Stick. Director Daniel Kleinman. Brief: We wanted to confront people with the impact that short-haul flights have on the climate. We used Polar Bears because they’re a well understood symbol of the effect that climate change is having on the natural world.

It's Not the Economy, Stupid

Procter & Gamble, IBM, General Electric, General Motors, United Technologies Corp, FedEx, Hyatt, Burger King, IHOP, The Jim Henson Company, CNN, MTV, HP, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Yellow Book USA – Just a few of the companies started during recessions, depressions, economic slumps, and difficult times.

It’s not tough times or desperate measures that lead to innovative, ground breaking ideas and new ventures. It is the drastic change of external circumstances that force the mind to break out of routines. The mind naturally defaults to the easiest and safest way of thinking. It is the disruption of these typical thinking patterns that force the mind to think differently.

Break the mind out of routine:

Travel a different route to the office this week
Use a different mug for your coffee/tea. And, brew something new
Read a blog on a topic you’ve never explored
Follow people on Twitter that are outside your industry and interests
Switch up your morning routine
Start shopping at the opposite end of the grocery store

Just Think, and New Ideas Will Flow (if you change the way you think)

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