The idea struck me during the consensus-building final portion of the Team Gleason ALS Research Summit yesterday. www.teamgleason.org/summit
It's harder to do online than they did at the tables, face-to-face, but I think some clever people could come up with a good online format that should include everyone -- rocket scientists down to low-i.q. bloggers.
This would be like speed-dating for ideas. Get some sparks of creativity out there. Capture them. See if they generate other sparks or plop. Move on.
In an online, chat-like format:
- Pick a general topic
- Have someone float an idea
- People who want to discuss stay in the chat and start chatting
- People who don't want to discuss or who don't like the idea stay on the sideline
- Have at it for fifteen minutes
- Float another idea...
Eventually the idea bag is full and it's time to deliver (thanks, Dreamfinder and Figment), but in the fight against ALS, we've not been very good at the new ideas. The more ideas you have today, the more ideas you'll have tomorrow.
Yesterday we had sparks of creativity and the discussions were all-inclusive. That's good and that's different.