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When ideas go astray…

Eureka! The lights go on but we’re the only ones to truly see them. That momentary flash of genius strikes. So clearly noticed. Yet sometimes difficult to articulate and get out of our heads. 

We question ourselves to either follow through or let it go. 

Are these the ideas worth taking note of. The ones that will slip away and might some day return to remind us of that “told ya so” future-tense. That “see, that coulda been me” hindsight.

Maybe its really our own insecurities that lead us astray from our ideas. That lack of will power to swim upstream against the current. To stay with it while the cacophony of nays reverberates.

Or, its the insight and influx of information upon impact of the interaction and integration of outing an idea that will send it astray. 

All of these unsuspecting synergies can nurture an idea to flourish or even appropriately kill itself off. While eventually through its evolution may not even closely resemble its genesis.

When ideas go astray pay attention…

Ask not what your idea can do for you, ask what you can do for your idea.


 Mark’s Myth is an exploration into the synergies of ideas… riffs blending wordplay, story telling, technology and the arts weaving together a tapestry of synapses and milestones.


Notable replies

  1. I imagine every one of us has that voice in our head that judges, filters, and criticizes each and every idea before its time and throughout its maturing.

    Some questions come to mind…

    How do we arouse ideation in ourselves and others?

    How do we know when to pursue an idea?

    How do we savor the journeys?

    When do we let go of an idea?

    When do we just get out of its way?

    …and maybe most importantly…

    How do we know the right questions to ask?

  2. Ideas are basically thoughts and they are not alive but carried by various host that they affect. It is the host that moves the idea to something. If this article is pointing out people are flawed I totally agree. But that is obvious, like death and taxes. If it is to show the flawed people the error of their ways or to show the peoples keepers how to manage badly implemented ideas, well good luck. If we can develop a better process for new idea management we can make more progress. I wonder how we could do that?

  3. A great post @Eleprocon. Your artistic word play is always entertaining and this post I find very thought provoking.
    Naturally I don’t have all the answers but I do have a few thoughts.
    Regarding the first question, arousing ideation, I think we need to examine our thoughts and when we realise we’ve come to a conclusion, try putting that conclusion to one side and keep thinking. Conclusions can put an end to new perspectives that might be reached.
    I think the next four questions are to do with perceived value which can only be gleaned with regard to the last question, asking the right questions.
    My father taught me, ‘You learn more by asking questions than by talking and you can usually tell the intelligence of a person by the quality of their questions’. A very wise man my father and I don’t think it’s coincidence that he comes to mind while answering your post. By that, I’m not calling you old lol.

  4. This idea came to me after catching up with the various discussions and how they have wandered and been engaged by the likes of @BillAmes, @Shrewbag, @ACD, @Csmith, @justinbrown, @HelenEmmett, @Catlover, @jesuislaplume, @saintmel45, and @phileastabrook, among others.

    What I find encouraging in all of this is how malleable ideas are if we allow ourselves the flexibility of perspective.

    We are all pioneers and sherpas in Ideapod.

    Thanks for being here and shedding light where there may be none or far too little.

  5. Wiki tells me, “Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract. Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization. Ideation can be conducted by individuals, organizations, or crowds. As such, it is an essential part of the design process, both in education and practice.”

    It has come to pass that Ideapod’s purpose is only part of that definition. At some time in the future we will have a place to help, as a group, some ideas to fully follow the above definition. It is not time yet for this but eventually the time will arrive.

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Mark’s Myth is an exploration into the synergies of ideas. Blending story telling, technology and the arts, as Ideapod’s Artist-In-Residence Mark is one of the first users to explore the full potential of Ideapod helping to nurture its evolution. To view Mark's gallery of ideas go to

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