Future thinking – competition time

Posted by on Jan 10, 2009 in Uncategorized | 10 Comments


Very excited about Piers' London Good Ideas salon coming up on January 30th.

Just like the brill Good Ideas book, it'll be packed full of goodies.

Great list of speakers (including Sophie from School of Life ). Loads of really great ideas. A nice relaxed atmosphere to discuss what emerges.

Very flattered that Piers has asked me to do the upfront piece on why following these kind of emergent ideas is important and how to use them. Ed's SF speech was great and I loved Niku's but I've got my own thoughts which I'm keen to share.

But before I wondered what you thought: Why is it so important to do engage with new ideas?

As a reward, I'll send the person who makes best suggestion my copy of the book


  1. Ryan Lanham
    January 10, 2009

    How about not doing it as a book? Do it as a blog?

  2. Nick Arndt
    January 10, 2009

    To borrow from Hugh a bit, I think new ideas are the ultimate social object. You hear an a new idea and instinctively develop an opinion. Positive, negative, neutral…doesn’t matter. A new conversation has begun inside your head. You may file this away, but likely if the idea truly is new, you’ll share your thoughts with others.

  3. Matt Moore
    January 10, 2009

    Why is it important for each of us personally?
    Because otherwise our brain dies. We die as people. New ideas are fuel for action. Who wants to waste away to a nub of faded epiphanies from long ago?
    Why is important for all of us collectively?
    Because the world does not stand still. The challenges we face as human beings (whether self-created like the current global economic hissy-fit or simply nature doing her thing) do not remain the same. If we are not open to new ideas then our chance of survival drops to zero.
    And for me?
    Coz it’s fun.

  4. SophieTrinder
    January 10, 2009

    It is important to engage with ‘good’ new ideas as they become inspirational to individuals whom have found these new ideas intriguing.
    If one person finds a new idea inspirational then they are going to communicate this naturally with others around them. Others will have differing opinions about new ideas which will generate and spark discussion. Perhaps even greater ideas will be brought about from this.
    New ideas are never truly ‘new’ anyway I don’t think… they are nicked bits of ideas from everyone else and re formed in a creative and interesting way.

  5. John
    January 11, 2009

    Because the world is constantly changing.

  6. John
    January 11, 2009

    Because the world is constantly changing and new ideas help to test the validity of your old ones.

  7. Simon Kendrick
    January 11, 2009

    Working on the assumption that new ideas can be conceived of and created…
    Engaging with new ideas indicates open-mindedness. No-one has perfect knowledge or information – by engaging with new ideas we acknowledge this and display both our willingness and ability to improve our learning and understanding. With greater knowledge, new connections can be visualised and new ideas generated
    This evolution of thought is self-perpetuating

  8. Andy
    January 12, 2009

    The spirit of my response is best captured by linking here http://tinyurl.com/9v2m6a.
    Is it the “idea of new” that we are engaging with, rather than “new ideas”? Perhaps on the assumption that new is inherently better.
    Perhaps it has something to do with the ability of the seemingly new to allow us to create alternative meanings (make sense of the world in a different way).

  9. Anjali
    January 17, 2009

    It is important to engage with new ideas to feel alive and real and GROWING as a person. Sticking with old ideas means regressing to a point where you will soon be the only one left. Besides, new ideas mean change, and change means progress. That’s the way I like to think of it. Now if only that change, like Obama, is ‘change we can believe in’. (Cue social media and other done-to-death phrases).
    In any case, new ideas should be taken up only if we believe in them, so from that point of view new ideas = a new way of thinking = change = growth/progress? Which is why we live.

  10. Dan Thornton
    January 19, 2009

    Not only do new ideas help us to grow by inspiration, but also by the fact we are able to consider our responses to them, and follow which ones are challenged, discussed, improved etc.
    And as you pointed out previously, there are flaws in assuming experts can accurately predict the future, so engaging with as many new ideas as possible gives you the best chance to being involved with the right ones – and the theory of entrepreneurs spotting failure earlier is likely to be more from practice than guesswork!
    So by engaging with new ideas constantly, not only is it inspirational, but it’s also the best way to become involved and engaged with the ideas that eventually become accepted – as a web example, I don’t think I’ve met anyone who ‘got’ Twitter straight away, and most people initially dismissed it until they saw others getting value from it and returned.
    But if they hadn’t engaged with the idea of Twitter, Jaiku, Plurk, Yammer etc, etc, then they might not have been aware of the value others were getting, if that makes sense!