“It is easier to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one.”
Alex F. Osborn

According to a paper, titled “The Journey of Brainstorming,” by Hanisha Besant, “The word brainstorming was originally introduced by Alex F. Osborn in 1953 through his book Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Thinking. Since 1953, brainstorming as a word has spread around the globe with definitions that vary in the minds of many. The Meriam Webster’s dictionary defines brainstorming as “a group problem-solving technique that involves the spontaneous contribution of ideas from all members of the group; the mulling over of ideas by one or more individuals in an attempt to devise or find a solution to a problem” (Webster 2015). Though this definition lacks the expression of complicated and varied intricacies of the brainstorming process as it has been theorized or practiced, it is symbolic of the popular use of the word “brainstorming.” In the broader culture, brainstorming basically has come to be synonymous with the creative idea generating process. While brainstorming became a tool for creative problem solving in this general way, it is very different from the fundamentals of the original description of the brainstorming process designed by Alex Osborn.”

The Wikipedia post on brainstorming describes the process. According to the post, “People are able to think more freely and they suggest as many spontaneous new ideas as possible. All the ideas are noted down and those ideas are not criticized and after [the] brainstorming session the ideas are evaluated.”

It is this view of brainstorming that inspired this blog.

Often when doing research for posts on chadjthiele.com or while doing research, in general, ideas are generated that could be valuable. However, they might not be completely thought through enough to warrant a full blog post. Nevertheless, those ideas might be valuable to others. Therefore, those ideas will find a home here.

These are ideas that I reserve the right to change my mind about. In fact, if you disagree with them, I encourage you to let me know why. All these ideas are areas that I plan to study more, and want to know more about. If you are an expert on these topics, let me know what you think. Even if you are not an expert, I’d love to hear your comments, too!

In other words, I hope this becomes a place for a true digital brainstorm.

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