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The Idea Lottery

Want to know one of the "secrets" of creativity? It's about making new CONNECTIONS between seemingly unrelated elements. Let's take "drive in banking" for example. What else is it but the elegant COMBINATION of cars and banking? Or MTV. That really was just a new connection between music and television. All too often, however, we end up locked into old patterns and old "boxes," unable to see creative connections just waiting to be discovered. That's what the IDEA LOTTERY is all about... a simple idea generating tool to help you discover new connections and solutions.

How it Works

  1. Write your challenge as a "How can I?' question
  2. Write up to 15 "elements" of your challenge in the boxes
  3. Write up to 6 random words unrelated to your challenge
  4. Click "generate grid"
  5. Brainstorm (using new connections on your grid to spark ideas)
  6. Write new ideas about your "How can I" challenge
  7. Choose your hottest new idea and elaborate on it

Ready to begin?...

Step 1: Define your Challenge

How can I ...  

Step 2: Write the Main Elements of your Challenge
Write the main elements (i.e. pieces of the puzzle) of your challenge. Don't worry if you leave some blank, our hidden genie will fill in the rest.

Step 3: Write Unrelated Elements
Write unrelated elements, these should have no seeming connection to your "How can I?" challenge. Don't worry if you leave some blank, our hidden genie will fill in the rest.

Step 4: Generate your Idea Lottery Grid
Click here to request our hidden genie to create a grid.

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