IdeationHub Requirements Brainstorm


This topic is for brainstorming requirements that IdeationHub might have.
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Brainstormed requirements:

  • Visionary Ideation: Often ideas do not stand on themself, but are related to a larger whole. Visionary Ideation ties these ideas together, and helps people to collectively establish a “completeness of vision” over time.


  • Spark Files: Keep track of hunches, and regularly read them back. Spaced repitition Flash Cards. Develop over long periods of time.

A post was split to a new topic: Visionary Ideation: Brainstorm and weave ideas to match a long-term vision

A post was split to a new topic: Spark Cards: Spaced repetition for Hunches and Ideas

Gamification / serious games

The IdeationHub should really make an appeal to everyone’s creativity to be unleashed, and be a fun and lighthearted experience to be involved with so that the barriers to participation are as low as possible.

Gamification can be of great help here. Though not directly related the following example by GOV.UK shows how intricately designed policy cards are used to help stimulate ones creative thought processes:

We might have Ideas that are at different levels of maturity, and while they are ‘ripening’ we assign them different, more richly designed types indicated with a graphic.

The notion of Idea Cards itself is a good concept. And in the design of the artwork for them we can involve fedizens that are into graphics design, fostering more inclusion that way.


We Are Open Co-op uses a concept called Thinkathons:

“Stand in another person’s shoes and see how an idea looks from there. You’ll be surprised at the clarity that this can produce. The outcomes of a Thinkathon relate to the breadth of experience in the room – and the ability to think openly. We work towards finding solutions. We help you think sideways about what you are trying to do – or even why you need to do it.”

(Diagram Bryan Mathers and content, both CC-BY)

There are scientific studies that indicate people do not like collaborative brainstorming. This article gives an interesting summary of why that is, and gives some best-practices for ideation:

Via The tyranny of collaborative ideation