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

  • Yesterday · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch: Sky Blue - An Innovation Ecosystem for MN

    6 Innovators

    Join us for lunch as David Quimby describes Sky Blue- an open innovation ecosystem that will improve development at a local level. Open innovation is in its relative... Learn more
  • April 17 · 7:00 PM

    Evening: Dimensional Thinking

    5 Innovators

    For our 7th meeting on Sparks of Genius we will look at skill #9 Dimensional Thinking.  We perceive and move through three dimensional space.  We also move through time... Learn more
  • April 10 · 12:00 PM

    Innovation Lunch

    3 Innovators

    Join us for a discussion of Triz and measurement. Some of the techniques are listed here: http://www.osaka-gu.ac.jp/php/nakagawa/TRIZ/eTRIZ/electures/eTRIZSol0209/... Learn more
  • March 27 · 12:00 PM

    How To Measure Anything

    4 Innovators

    Please joins us at noon, U Garden Restaurant. As we move through 2014, we will need to measure or track our innovation efforts. There is an excellent book called "How... Learn more
  • March 20 · 7:00 PM

    Evening: Body Thinking & Empathizing

    2 Innovators

    Our 6th meeting on Sparks of Genius will cover Body Thinking and Empathizing.  These are skills #7 & #8 of the 13 creative skills.  Our brains are not isolated but an... Learn more
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