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

  • 6 days ago · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch

    11 Creative Thinkers | 5.00

    An innovation is a change in that has been accepted by a community. It is a few steps beyond the "great idea".Please join us this Thurs. at the U Garden as we explore... Learn more
  • February 12 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch

    3 Creative Thinkers

    Today we will look at TRIZ (pron "trees"). What is it, its purpose, and its major components. TRIZ is an innovation tool that shows how explore the Adjacent Possible... Learn more
  • January 29 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch

    4 Creative Thinkers | 4.00

    Please join us this Thurs. at noon, U Garden Restaurant for a talk on creating time. We will discuss flow, stillness, metaphor, measures, variable time, ... your ideas... Learn more
  • January 15 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch: Planning for 2015

    3 Creative Thinkers | 4.00

    We looked at quite a few ideas and techniques in 2014.  Lets spend an hour over lunch deciding what we will explore in 2015.   See you on the 15th.
  • December 18, 2014 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch: Exploring Possible Futures

    4 Creative Thinkers

    We continue the theme from Dec 4th.  Technological futures based on TRIZ Laws of Evolution.  On Dec 4th we looked at the 4 possible futures suggested by David Rose in... Learn more
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I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.

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