1. Define the problem and solution space. 


2. Break the problem down. 


3. Make the problem personal. 


4. Seek the perspectives of outsiders. 


5. Diverge before you converge. 


6. Create “idea resumes.” 


7. Create a plan to learn. 

MIT researchers identify a 7-step technique for putting ideas to action, an upgrade to the now frequently challenged concept of brainstorming. Complement with this timeless 5-step technique for producing ideas from 1939. (via explore-blog)

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