Alan Dix - research and innovation techniques
[silly ideas home] [what do I mean by a bad idea?] [thinking about bad ideas] [the groups] [silly ideas and 'solutions']

What do I mean by a bad idea?

NOT something where the silliness is a matter of opinion
(e.g. 'the conservative party')
NOT something real that someone created intending to be serious,
but turned out silly (e.g. not Sinclair's mini-car)
(but these are often what you will use the techniques you learn on)

just something original, but crazy, or clearly a bad idea

Examples from previous research methods sessions I've done:

Don't give a long explanation, just a single phrase as above.

Bad or silly ideas may have an IT focus, but need not (as above).

I've been trying to think of examples that are too silly to include (e.g. sending a paper aeroplane to the sun), but keep realising that they are quite sensible after all (is this just my addled brain?).