That'll never work!

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  • Snowflake: unique, fragileRadioactive: neutrons leave the idea to hit other ideas. Also neutrons arrive from other places.
  • Ideas are all around. You just need to know where to look, or at least how to make your brain find them. You need idea food.Idea anagrams. Feed it with novel ideas. Maybe even read novels.Problem solving requires thinking, idea finding seems to involve not thinking. Or at least capturing an idea and then applying thinking to it.
  • Scratching an itch. I was just bored that weekend.
  • You can’t see shooting stars if you look too hard
  • Control your connectivity
  • How much more effort is a big idea that a small idea? Also, you need to attract people to help you: big ideas are better.
  • That'll never work!

    1. 1. THAT’LL NEVER WORK! John Graham-Cumming (Crazy ideas and what to do about them)www.cloudflare.com
    2. 2. Selfridge’s People Wallwww.cloudflare.com
    3. 3. Ideas are Radioactive Snowflakeswww.cloudflare.com
    4. 4. Idea Foodwww.cloudflare.com
    5. 5. I know… •I’ll write a 550 page travel book for nerds •The covers the whole world •That includes description of the science behind each placewww.cloudflare.com
    6. 6. One night in Munichwww.cloudflare.com
    7. 7. Get a “Crazy Idea Book”www.cloudflare.com
    8. 8. I know… •I’ll persuade the British Government to apologize for the prosecution of Alan Turingwww.cloudflare.com
    9. 9. The Crazy Idea Logical Fallacy • That’ll never work because of X, Y and Z • Yet everyone knows that assumptions turn out to be wrong • So, the antecedent (X, Y, and Z) is false!www.cloudflare.com
    10. 10. I know… •I’ll start a charity dedicated to building Charles Babbage’s never constructed “Analytical Engine” Plan 28: http://plan28.org/www.cloudflare.com
    11. 11. The Analytical Enginewww.cloudflare.com
    12. 12. Don’t Think So Hard!www.cloudflare.com
    13. 13. Cat’s Eyeswww.cloudflare.com
    14. 14. Talk to the Teddywww.cloudflare.com
    15. 15. Go Long Haulwww.cloudflare.com
    16. 16. Think only of failure, and ways to failwww.cloudflare.com
    17. 17. Big Ideas Are Easier Than Small Oneswww.cloudflare.com
    18. 18. Replumb The Internetwww.cloudflare.com
    19. 19. Three “Be”s 1. Be courageous 2. Be charming 3. Be reasonably unreasonablewww.cloudflare.com
    20. 20. Signposts • Charles Babbage and Plan 28: http://plan28.org/ • The Geek Atlas: • http://geekatlas.com/ • The job board where your Hacker News karma gets you the right to post: http://usethesource.com/ • CloudFlare: http://cloudflare.com/www.cloudflare.com

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