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Idea Engines and how they changed our world

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Presentation at Upsalla Creativity Day
March 2nd 2009

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  • 1. A short history of idea engines and how they change our world Tudor Rickards, Upsalla Creativity Day, March 2 nd 2009
  • 2. Proposition: Ideas change the world
  • 3. Engines, machines and ideas To understand idea engines and idea machines we have to understand the nature of all engines and machines
  • 4. Machines are systems designed to carry out labour-saving tasks efficiently If an engine is ‘ the ghost in the machine ’ An idea engine is ‘ the ghost in an idea machine ’
  • 5. An early world-changing idea engine: Cuneiform script enables record-keeping
  • 6. Wind Power as Idea Engines
  • 7. A great Swedish idea engine … … Carolus Linnaeus, father of plant taxonomy
  • 8. A famous scientific idea engine
  • 9. A recent world changing Idea engine …
  • 10. Structured approaches to creativity J H McPherson Arthur Koestler
  • 11. Morphology for utilizing spare capacity (Sweden) From Richie, T., 2002, http://www.swemorph.com/it-art.html
  • 12. Creative Analysis Creativity may be deliberately fostered through techniques (idea engines) such as morphological analysis, lateral thinking, or brainstorming
  • 13. Creative analysis as an explanation of how creativity techniques support creativity Technique (trial 1) Operational procedures Technique (trial 2) Conceptual principles
  • 14. An Idea Engine for Research Questions Problem as given Operational procedures Problem as understood Conceptual principles
  • 15. Social Networking: An Emerging Idea Engine
  • 16. The Manchester Business School DBA (Doctoral) Programme The Mersey Care Health Trust Creativity, Culture and Well-being project Current projects at MBS Peter Kawalek (Public sector Networks)
  • 17. Into the future … The wisdom of the great man .. The wisdom of the crowd .. The wisdom of the ecosphere
  • 18. To go more deeply