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Use the following tools to kick start your creative mojo. On their own, they can help stimulate, diversify, and broaden the range of your creative output. For help applying these and other tools to a guided problem-solving process, email Peter Lloyd.

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Online Idea Generation


Online brainstorming process that collects ideas from participants around the world, including your own, hand-picked, professional Brain Gang.


Do-It-Yourself version of Brainline without expert consultation or customized stimulation.

Collaborative, online mind-mapping tool.


Combines words you choose and add into lists of original combinations.

Information about mind mapping and ideas to help you create and benefit from mind maps.

Posterini Brainstorming

Collaborative brainstorming tool based on the Torch Principle compatible across multiple platforms.

Web 2.0 Domain Name Generator

Generates random, Web 2.0 word combinations.

Instant Stimulation

Animal Crackers Tool

Shorthand version of the Animal Crackers process.

Create Your Own Quotation

Generates original and sometimes meaningful quotations.

Creativity Games

Games, questions, and challenges to improve creative thinking.

Heads Up!

Use this daily dose of invention, innovation, and new ideas from every kind of human endeavor from every corner of the earth to stimulate you creative work.

Job Force

Takes inspiration from occupations.


Power tools for naming products, services, and organizations

Naming Prompts

Suggests 100 ways to think about naming.

Naque Word Mixer

Generates new words from your word list.


Uses playfully distorted proverbs as prompts.

Random Word Generator

Forces your mind out of it’s normal routine and off onto tangents it otherwise would not have ventured.


Draws inspiration from advertising slogans.

Star Force

Asks how famous people might solve your problem.

Stimulation Processes

Creative Techniques

Offers limited random stimulation, then demands software purchase to continue.


Over 700 free ideas and growing.

Random Word Technique

Adds solution-finding process to randomly generated words from Creativity Unlimited.


Creative Idea Generation Tool

Wild Ideas

Inspirational, self-help radio vignettes featuring fascinating animal adaptations

Words, Rhymes, Quotes

Female Character Namer

Generates random female first and last names

Male Character Namer

Generates random male first and last names

NEW Memidex

Free online dictionary and thesaurus with a simple interface, complete inflections, auto-suggest, adult-filtering, frequent updates, a browsable index, support for mobile devices, and millions of external reference links for definitions, audio, and etymology.

One Look

Powerful  word resource


Follow a chain of quotations to inspiration.


Ad-free compendium of quotations in every language, including sources.

Free Dictionary

One of the best. No ads.


Collaborative, full-featured, multilingual dictionary


An exercise in finding meaning in nonsense

Language Tools

Dictionary, Thesaurus, translator, anagrams

Rhyme Zone

Rhyming tool with references and definitions

Problem Solving Processes

100 Online Brainstorming Tools to Help You Think Outside the Box by L. Fabry

Alex Osborne Brainstorming

Seminal problem-solving method spelled out in Applied Imagination.


Method of theCreative Problem Solving Institute.

Productive Thinking

Tim Hurson's structured framework for problem solving.

Six Thinking Hats

Edward DeBono's thinking framework.


Uses metaphor and analogy in specialized groups.

Win Wenger"s 20 Points

Problem-solving checklist.

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