Brainstorming

Visualising my answers to the Good Start/Bad Start workshop allowed me to see a definite recurring theme throughout. That theme was people. People were everywhere. People make me cry, people make me laugh, people make me excited and people make me angry. With this in mind I went through my answers and selected four favourites using people as a guide.

  • Random acts of kindness.
  • Tim Vine’s one-liners.
  • Aaron Homoki ollieing the Lyon 25.
  • The younger version of myself for not making the right decisions.

To begin with, I’m going to use the lotus blossom brainstorm technique to break these ideas into their composite themes. I like using this method because it helps to focus my thoughts down to the essential components of the idea:

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My preliminary ideas have now been transformed into these related themes.

  • Altruism.
  • Occam’s Razor.
  • Facing fear.
  • Immortality.

Now that I have more defined starting points, my plan is to create a brainstorm which just asks simple questions. However, I like the ideas I have at the moment and I think each could be an interesting avenue for research. With this in mind, I’m not planning to move too far away from these. Instead I want to just explore the possibilities within them.

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After my question brainstorm my themes are now:

  • Homelessness.
  • Cognitive Dissonance.
  • Fight or flight.
  • Immortality.

Altruism changed to homelessness because I kept referencing it throughout the brainstorm. I think it’s because I pass a homeless man every day on the way to the train station. Cognitive dissonance is something I’ve heard about before. It’s the idea that people can hold contradictory ideas but believe both of them are true. Facing fear became fight or flight and immortality is the only one which hasn’t evolved into something else. I still want to keep things quite broad for now, but these four ideas are now my starting points.

Homelessness