James Altucher keeps an idea journal – and uses waiter pads to do so. Hundreds of ideas, the good, the bad, the ridiculous. In doing so, he has become an idea machine.
I’m not so diligent, but occasionally do share ideas with the universe. My most famous was shared with Fred Wilson, who re-posted Blip Enhance on his blog.
This got me thinking about sharing ideas – could an idea journal work if I shared it with the world? Wouldn’t people steal my ideas?
I guess, in the end, if I don’t have plans on pursuing an idea, what is the harm? If the innovator – the one who takes the idea and runs with it thinks I can add value, they know how to reach me. And if not, hopefully they “pay it forward” someday.
So, here are a couple of my latest idea journal ideas:
- Criminal Sandwiches – Hire recently released paroled ex-cons to make sandwiches. Put them up in affordable housing, teach them kitchen skills and customer service, and give them something positive for their resume. A ten week program where a new class starts every 10 weeks. One person from each class graduates to shift manager for the next group in. Big sandwiches, big portions, community service focused. Zero tolerance for behavior and employee theft. Good recommendations on the way out. Everyone wins.
- Calendar Overlay – schedule appointments via graphic – How many times to you see two people looking at their cell phones trying to figure out when they can both get together. Calendar sync is a pain, and has all sorts of privacy and API and platform crap. The solution – an app that takes a screen shot of your calendar, blurs it, and makes a transparent overlay to your own calendar. Clear times show up easily, and everything links back to your own calendar app. Can use instant messenger as the transmission platform.
- Blip Enhance – Early naval combat in the post RADAR world took two approaches. Minimize your return signal to the enemy, or exaggerate it. The first proved to be a fool’s errand – as each side gets better at trying to remain invisible, the other side gets better at detecting your footprint. The second technology used to defeat enemy radar was to return a bigger radar signature to the enemy…Blip Enhance – fool the enemy radar into thinking you were much larger, and much more complex than you really were. Someone should release Blip Enhance technology for everyone on the internet. Imagine everyone’s browsing history containing thousands of random sessions. Cookies indicating a million online purchases. Tens of thousands of Facebook posts, tweets and relationships.In the confusion, no data can be trusted.