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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.
|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.
Generates random, Web 2.0 word combinations.
Shorthand version of the Animal Crackers process.
Generates original and sometimes meaningful quotations.
Games, questions, and challenges to improve creative thinking.
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.
Takes inspiration from occupations.
Power tools for naming products, services, and organizations
Suggests 100 ways to think about naming.
Generates new words from your word list.
Uses playfully distorted proverbs as prompts.
Forces your mind out of it’s normal routine and off onto tangents it otherwise would not have ventured.
Draws inspiration from advertising slogans.
Asks how famous people might solve your problem.
Offers limited random stimulation, then demands software purchase to continue.
Over 700 free ideas and growing.
Adds solution-finding process to randomly generated words from Creativity Unlimited.
Creative Idea Generation Tool
Inspirational, self-help radio vignettes featuring fascinating animal adaptations
|Words, Rhymes, Quotes|
Generates random female first and last names
Generates random male first and last names
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.
Powerful word resource
Follow a chain of quotations to inspiration.
Ad-free compendium of quotations in every language, including sources.
One of the best. No ads.
Collaborative, full-featured, multilingual dictionary
An exercise in finding meaning in nonsense
Dictionary, Thesaurus, translator, anagrams
Rhyming tool with references and definitions
|Problem Solving Processes|
Seminal problem-solving method spelled out in Applied Imagination.
Method of theCreative Problem Solving Institute.
Tim Hurson's structured framework for problem solving.
Edward DeBono's thinking framework.
Uses metaphor and analogy in specialized groups.
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