This group is for Twin Cities area thinkers, innovators, and creatives interested in forming an idea infrastructure  to support creative thinking.   The coral reef is a metaphor for just such an environment.

IdeaEcos is like a coral reef providing a nutrient rich environment for its participants to nurture their ideas through discussions and activities.

The group's purpose is to build an idea sharing ecosystem to support our individual creative efforts.

Ideas and innovation flourish when they are shared in a community.  Ideas morph and grow when combined with new perspectives and the "spare parts" used in different fields.

Join in –

  • describe your ideas or slow hunch;
  • participate in a new activity and learn new thinking tools;
  • contribute to the creation, diffusion, and adoption of a common, idea-growing ecosystem.

All professions, educational backgrounds and ages are welcome and encouraged to join/participate in this group.

This group will be FREE of charge as much as possible, but there may be charges for special events and activities.

“…the most productive tool for generating good ideas remains a circle of humans at a table, talking shop” (Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson, pg 61)

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Recent Meetups

  • June 18 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch: TEDx StillwaterWomen Recap

    6 Creative Thinkers | 5.00

    Join us today for a recap of the recent TEDxStillwaterWomen event held on May 29th.  Sarah Klauer will tell us about Momentum and how the themes of Spark, Surface,... Learn more
  • June 4 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch

    9 Creative Thinkers | 5.00

    Idea management! Join Steph Thompson as he presents the use of a personal kanban. If time permits, Curt will add color commentary on other methods such as the action... Learn more
  • May 30 · 10:00 AM

    Maker Faire

    2 Creative Thinkers | 5.00

    Hi All: This is a general announcement for IdeaEcos members to see what the DYI (Do It Yourself) community in town is up to these days.  There is no planned IdeaEcos... Learn more
  • May 21 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch

    7 Creative Thinkers | 5.00

    David Quimby / David Radcliffe -- "Network Explorer" We'll demonstrate a tool-in-progress for network analysis / visualization of social graphs in innovation ecosystems.... Learn more
  • May 7 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch: Managing time for innovation

    7 Creative Thinkers | 5.00

    Brian Thomas will lead an open discussion on how new companies should handle innovation. How much time should people work on their assigned tasks and how much should a... Learn more
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