Ideas and solutions are a bit like when drawing animated characters to make new ideas or toys. You can say, “fruit themes are going to be big this spring; just make up some fruit toys!” This appears to be how many ideas in the world come out, are made, and fail. Why? Because the characters don’t have life or much of a soul to them…the moment when the character would seem to speak to you off the page.
At that moment, you could then figure out how to allow the character to do and act out storylines and come to life. What Is ironic is that I saw an animated movie called the “minuscules 2?” which was done in homage to traditional animation with classical soundtracks, and I watched people in the audience be bored to death.
Modern entertainment seems to be about overhyping and sensory overload to a world that is becoming more like Pavlov’s rats with their mobile devices.
I am sitting in a biomimicry webinar about business and feel like the way I have been working for the last 30-40 years is just being discovered. Perhaps I have only found where and why I fit in with business and designs? Much of the world thinks in linear ways or progressions. There is nothing wrong with this, but I have yet to see many new ideas come out not working in a spatial point of view.
The ability to rapidly prototype and create the shortest time between an idea and a reality all makes sense. Here it is with someone talking about business canvas and building systems that are not static to a place but dynamic. That is what I love about the lab…all the ideas and concepts, are looking for better solutions and you rarely stop and say, “this is it! This is the one!”
Taking this idea out into the world is like me reading most of what I am hearing in large corporations today. They are all pitching some sustainable and ethical ideal – yet – when I read the words, and you peek behind the scenes at the reality of business in the world, it isn’t very squeaky clean or beautiful. Maybe that is why companies do this? They have become so large in the tech area that people are all too happy to have the stock options, and great wealth one can acquire should a startup make it. Do I think the market cap is a good idea or barometer for a business’s health? No. I think P/E ratio is better. I stand probably in the minority today as too much money is made by people trading paper than actually creating a real profit
I digress. In the past three years, I have walked across academia, not for profits, and business to try to bring some ideas to life. Each group is almost like a different country or culture in how it works and operates. What I did this morning is what has eluded me for a while, I was able to craft and hone five ideas into five sentences that anyone can understand. It is that moment where real progress can begin with the ideas, as much like the animated character on paper when it comes to life and you know to stop tweaking and start allowing the character to come to life in stories – that is what these five diverse, yet, related ideas can now do.
There will be no buzzwords, hip, and trendy verbiage, or slap on the back feel-good-Itis that seems to accumulate around good ideas and empty ideas floating on air. Rather. Here is how to make things that might very well help humans in the developed and 3rd world – as a way to try to even out the skewed distribution systems and help all people.
That Is a pretty bold statement…however, even if we only can help a few, that is better than none.
Is anyone else getting tired of the noise of too much hype about nothing?
As an inventor – life can get lonely in that you don’t always have the people around that can give constructive ideas to help make an idea reality. What you usually run into is a lot of people that have never really done anything being critics about everything that can possibly go wrong. It is like someone telling me they are “old school” a while back in not being able to comprehend spatial designs. While I do understand many have issues visualizing – what we were discussing was not complicated and a 1:1 mock up with tape and space was laid out for them to see and walk around the space. In this case, “old school” simply meant any change to ideas was “stubborn” and with research and data about better ways to do something, the lack of flexibility in letting go of some preconceived or adapting to a new way of doing something has a good friend come up with a new definition of “old school.”
He said, “Oh that old school means stubborn AND stupid!”
Forgive a bit of frustration in my tone. A door was opened to step through and really make things happen in a world that sits there holding on to the stuff of the past and thinking life will change by treating a dynamic world as if it is static. I guess that is old school by the definition of “stubborn and stupid.”