“Creativity is originality plus usefulness” (Russell Eisenman)
If we wish to improve the quality of our creativity (whatever our preferred creativity may be), subjecting it to evaluation by experts and by ourselves is a powerful way to improving it. Below are some ways to improving the quality of our ideas. Try them out on your ideas. They will provide useful prompts both to increasing their originality, usefulness and also their appropriateness. Here are some suggestions:
§ Get feedback on your idea from some non-experts too (beside from the experts). The non-expert can often see problems that experts may not, and ask questions that can make you review some aspect of your idea, and make suggestions that can improve it. Get feedback from both.
§ Take some time off from your idea. Idea is “exhilarating but it is also fatiguing”. You will come back to your idea refreshed and very likely spot flaws or improvements that you overlooked earlier.
§ Try many small improvements to your idea. Each improvement makes and may provoke many small changes and adjustments. The more of these improvements and adjustments are made, the more distinctive and effective your idea may become.
§ Think of the “customers” or beneficiaries of your idea. What would they find interesting and useful about your idea and what would they consider objectionable? By taking the perspective of your idea’s “customers,” you may be able to think of ways to increasing the impact of your idea.
§ Think of effective ways of making others aware of your idea. It would be a shame of you have an idea and nobody becomes aware of it. Appropriate publicity may earn you the additional bonus of attracting to you others working on similar matters, and interacting with them may stimulate you into further idea.
Lord, Give Us Today Our Daily Idea(s)