Every idea has its own individual author. 

We all have ideas, all of the time! Some flash and are gone, some gain momentum before quickly fading, and then, very occasionally, one pops into the mind that sticks, develops and leads to something real.  

Idea Factors

What factors bring about an idea in the first place, and what needs to happen for one to become reality? By asking people to consider themselves the author of their own ideas will provide opportunity and insight to reflect on the thoughts, moments, stimulations leading up to an idea forming.

Travelling Intervention

The travelling intervention part of this project intends to be a kind of “living metaphor”, seeking out interesting people to discuss how their ideas have morphed. This will shine a light on the shift from idea to inception of a plan, product, artwork, service or business model.   

AND… already we have a problem – is having a thought the same as having an idea? Time to delve in…

John M


  1. Reply

    re. “is having a thought the same as having an idea?”

    I would say: not the same, but they are similar. I posit, for your consideration, that an “idea” (at least, in the context that I think you’re setting up) is a “thought” with an element of intent.

    For example, I guess you had a thought that the picture of a sunrise (or sunset?) above was evocative of “breakthrough”. This is just an association. But you also had the idea of using it (the intent) to illustrate the notion of idea formation (and, barely stated here, the realization of an idea as some reality).

    Thus I suggest that “thoughts” subsume ideas (all ideas are also thoughts), but not all thoughts are ideas.


    1. Thanks Graham for a fantastic comment, really thought provoking although my own mind is not made up on the very strong points you make.

      The question ‘thought vs idea’ originated from a conversation with artist Rotten Bliss, while we discussed this upcoming project. One of the issues I am grappling is whether ideas have to have ‘intent’. Ideas can sometimes just seem to “Pop!” into the mind, as with the sun in the photo, suddenly appearing between two layers of cloud as seen at 36,000feet. Is there always intent in a Pop! moment?

      On the Auditing Haphazard post I had touched previously on the issues around intent.
      “Chance vs. Randomness is a another vexed issue, no doubt keeping many a philosopher awake at night, which also has implications for understanding Haphazard. We may then also possibly need, by implication, to consider Intention (Purpose) vs. Accidental action.”

      I will be commenting further on this soon. John M

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