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Each week I’ll pick the top voted question and write a blog post about it. You can both submit a question and vote on the ones you like in the list. You get 30 votes a month. You can see an archive of past questions and answers here. You’ll get an email when I post about your topic. Thanks for playing.

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    How do you organize your ideas?

    208 votes. Asked by Nancy on . View more.

     I write my ideas down as soon as I think of them, but how do I organize them into a story. I have them written down on index cards.

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    How do I find someone to pitch our idea?

    195 votes. Asked by Kari Mitchell on . View more.

    KoKreative – HD Film and Video Production has an idea that is ready to be pitched. We have worked the past year and a half to get to a place where it is ready, and we feel that now is the time. At this point, we also feel that someone who is a professional at pitching ideas will do a far better job at pitching it than we will. We need to find a person who can do this for us and don’t know how to find this person. Can you help us? We live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Canada. Any help will be appreciated very much. Kari

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    Why is Scott's honesty and courage so refreshing?

    164 votes. Asked by Steve Van Atta on . View more.

    At this time of year I’m in the habit of looking back at the people, places and perspectives that have changed me over the previous 12 months. You are certainly included in first and third of those “p” words. I also try to thank those people [as well as God who, IMHO, authors it all] for their contributions to our communities and world, as well as myself.

    Thanks, Scott Berkun.

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    what matters between making a change and creating a value?

    153 votes. Asked by Meryem on . View more.

     While we make changes, We create new values supposed to be positive. But there’s little really valuable created. What is the blindness in our lives? (Philosophically) Also i agree with you many people cannot explain what innovation means. Thank you

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    Who in life most influenced you and why?

    134 votes. Asked by Darren Foster on . View more.


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    From which "angle" do i write my book?

    124 votes. Asked by Mrs Janetta Burridge on . View more.

     Hello Scott,

    When i left school back in good old 1989, my english teacher said to me, “I expect to see your name on a book soon.” Which i took as a compliment, and at the age of 22yrs old (ish!), i did indeed write a book, i chose fiction, as my english teacher said “i have great imagination, with detail”, i have yet to fully “put it to paper”, because when i sit down, start typing away, it just rolls on, im telling a story, i dont actually feel like im getting the reader really interested in it. I have gone back to it occasionally and read it, and started to change bits, whole chapters sometimes, I suppose i could say it lacks substance. Im not sure on whether to tell it from one of the main characters view, or as the author, thinking it may add something like a new angle to it. Im now 43yrs old…and its about time i got on with it ! Any advice?

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    Activities for Public Speaking Club

    116 votes. Asked by Veeta on . View more.

     What activites would you suggest for Public Speaking club for employees, mostly finacial professionals and engineers?

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    How can I get an idea for a book?

    115 votes. Asked by Lyssa on . View more.

    You see, I like making parodies of books. But now, I wanna start creating my own books. I think of ideas then forget them. How can I keep an ideaa in my head? Also, how can I make an idea? Any suggestions?
    ~A curious minded teen.

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    How could a design process be effected if the name of the process-phases was focusing on feelings rather than action?

    97 votes. Asked by Theresia Torenholt on . View more.

    In my last project about embodied technology, i reflected upon my process as have been an act of play rather than a typically thought design process of building of a product.

    *Design thinking phases (here Ideo): discovery – interpretation – ideation – experimentation – evolution (wording of action)
    **The 7 element of play: anticipation – surprise – pleasure – understanding – strength – poise (wording of feelings)
    Non of these phases and elements should be seen individually, as you hopefully mess up the chronology while working with them.

    Need to say that my process was highly focusing on the element of exploring and personally having fun while learning new technologies, but I was also conducting interviews, observations, interventions and testing to constantly improve the existing prototype and idea and in the end create something new and fun for others.
    As my own process was mainly driven by the words ‘fun and play’, i found inspiration from Scott G. Eberle elements of play, as a means to explain my process. I found the wording very liberating, because they were not dictating the actions that i was to do, but more focusing on how i felt during the process.

    As this was a reflection i did in the end of my project periode, i would like to get your thoughts on how you think feeling-based wording could affect f.eks. a workshop where you through design-thinking empower others to strengthen their innovation skills. And also, I would very much like your thoughts on which feelings you would highlight in that regard.

    All the best,
    Theresia Torenholt

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    what mistake did you make as a child, and how did you resolve this mistake?

    95 votes. Asked by Avery Bolton on . View more.


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    In the absence of penalties for failure and rewards for excelling, is excellence in public services possible?

    25 votes. Asked by Tom on . View more.

     I live in the UK and I work for the NHS, I spent many years in the Private Sector before I entered the world of Public Sector services. I find that sufficing behaviour and target obsession disorder are common in the Public Sector. The end-user of the service is not viewed as the customer, the funding dept. is viewed as the customer that must be satisfied. In this climate can we expect anything other than mediocrity at best from Public Sector services?

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    How do I create a new Economy....Buddhist Economy, E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful...Economic as If People Mattered.

    24 votes. Asked by Amy Evans on . View more.

    I know what is going on out there. I can show you in a few websites, but the later is pretty intense. It is not looking very good, but there is a way forward. By the way, your, Don’t Be Precious was very helpful because I have a Mandalas. Well, did have. Will start to create new ones for the new journey. A journey of Creation as I do believe we can manufacture again and I am not a kin to globalization for many reasons. I can go on and on about what I know, have been looking at everything very intensely since 2011, when I got caught up in a very illegal court case down in AZ. I currently live in OR. Fled up here. You all do not have a clue as to what is ogoing on in the rest of the US. All very scary.

    I do know there is a way forward, but it will have to come from the ground up and I am not of any politics, or religion as they both are very agenda driven and broken. Preacher’s kid here, well woman and not of that anymore. However, my father was a Bohemian and raised a Bohemian Daughter. LOL. The Best man ever, who went through hell.

    Any thoughts on how to get people on board? It is called creating a new market. Well since they are now investing in debt, I think think this one is better.

    In The Light

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    Why people change their core being when someone close dies and especially of there is money inbolved

    23 votes. Asked by Deneen on . View more.

     My mom died in April and I have an older sister and a “very Christian” younger brother. He was named executor of the trust. Him and his wife were buddy buddy with my sister and still are. Of course they lied a lot. My brother became a full fledged liar and manipulator, he was going to make me reasonable for a debt nor mine, he put me through he’ll. My sister lied and manipulated as well. So when it was all said and it structurally change any kind of real relationship we will ever have so when I lost my mom and my family

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    who are YOU

    22 votes. Asked by David on . View more.

     ? have you decided yet…. settled upon something/someone?
    or are you simply un-tethered… free floating?
    to be determined in hind-sight of the so-called historical perspective

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    Does the attention economy foster (creative) burnout?

    21 votes. Asked by Daniel H. (Germany) on . View more.

    It’s never been easier to create and distribute something. This leads to a lot of people doing it and using free channels to promote their creations and we have reached an attention economy (see ) that is directly connected to a sort of popstar economy – attention (and eventually money) is distributed very unequal to the top. In this setting, there’s a great incentive:
    – to adopt a constant state of emotional hype that creates buzz and attention
    – to maximize the amount of time you spend working and marketing yourself (since it moves you further up the ladder and this exponentially increases your popularity)
    which should directly push people towards burnout.

    You’ve spent more than a decade as a free writer and speaker and recently experienced creative burnout… so what are your thoughts?

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    What are the real virtues in procrastinating?

    9 votes. Asked by Jonas Altman on . View more.

    I know there are (at least I’ve read so and have experienced) but would love to hear from your worldview and experiences.

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    What advice do you have for people who work in corporate positions, knowing that each day we commit to our job is one more day we're not working against climate change?

    3 votes. Asked by Issara Willenskomer on . View more.


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    discuss why success in innovation is dependant on resources and the capability of the organisation to manage them

    3 votes. Asked by michael on . View more.

     my name is michael pursuing a a degree in Human Resource Management at Mulungushi university in Zambia

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    Is it possible to teach creativity?

    2 votes. Asked by Leonie Overbeek on . View more.

     Can people be taught creativity in schools and if so, how? Given the standardized testing and ‘no child left behind’ pressures on schools, how will teachers be able to implement, sy, some of John Cleese’s ideas about creativity in their classrooms?

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    is common sense common?

    2 votes. Asked by patrick on . View more.


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    What's the number one thing high school students need to hear?

    2 votes. Asked by Jerry Nixon on . View more.


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    How do I correct my bad behaviors, so I do not lose anymore good jobs?

    2 votes. Asked by Vickie Wickard on . View more.

     I know I have a problem keeping my mouth shut at work. I have been fired several times for the same thing. I work in Human Resources and I am sure that is not the right place for me with the problem I have with keeping my mouth shut. I get emotionally involved with the employees and if it’s a small issue, by the time I am done talking to them I have found a way to enlarge it and make more of it than it needs to be. I exaggerate when speaking with employees about things that are confidential. I feel that my problem is lack of self worth and I need to engage in the exaggerated gossip, so that I seem bigger, and better than I think I am. I know when I’m doing it, but can’t mentally stop my self. I am now unemployed again, and before my boss let me go, he stated that I have a lot of really great qualities. I am a very friendly positive person towards the employees, but when it comes to some of the garbage that goes on in the office I seem to dwell on it and can’t keep shut about it. I do not know if this is part of my mental illness or something else. I have had depression and have been on medication for 30 years. I need help. I am in my late 50’s and do not know if at my age I can get another job. I am scared to, because I know what the end results will be. What can I do to keep me from sabotaging myself again?

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    How did you start speaking about these topics?

    2 votes. Asked by Patrick McGehee on . View more.

     I noticed you majored in “computer science and design” (your website), I plan to major in Computer Science but am also interested in some of the topics you discuss. How did you transition from Computer science to talking about creativity?

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