In this week's post I'd like to use one of the best tools in an innovator's armoury: plagiarism!
To give you flavour of the kinds of ideas that entrepreneurs can arrive at with a pinch of creative thinking, here are my top 5 from the recent archives of Springwise.
In a loose attempt to add some value (and at the risk of trumpet-blowing) I've also outlined the reasons why I think they're extremely good ideas.
1. In retail ...
When a bookstore fails, rent the vacant space and open ... a bookstore. What wonderful bravado. This one is great, because it challenges conventional thinking head-on.
2. In education ...
We need more teachers +
people will pay for teachers +
India is well-educated +
teachers can add value remotely =
(An obvious idea in retrospect.)
3. In transport ...
I love this one for it's simplicity. Why on earth shouldn't you give up your car in return for a lifetime's free transport? A simple solution to an often overcomplicated problem. Come on Manchester, keep up!
4. In government...
Genius, genius, genius. What usually comes out of fountains? What else can do done with that thing? What varieties are available for the thing which comes out of fountains? Leave the rest to the project manager!
5. In financial services ...
Social media is massive, and if you look hard enough there's value in all that "Big Data". Why not apply it to unexpected industry sectors?
What's to stop us all coming up with ideas like these? Just two things:
- Confidence to speak the unspeakable
- Determination to see it through
Both barriers are about state of mind, rather than concrete skills or experiences. I believe that both can be overcome within half an hour, given the right environment.