The Power of Bad Ideas with Steve Portigal


In business and in life, we pursue the good stuff and champion the people who are known for their good ideas. But when we place too strong an emphasis on just the good, we may neglect to consider the bad ones. In design and in brainstorming, deliberately seeking out bad ideas is a powerful way to unlock creativity. Generating bad ideas can reveal our assumptions about the difference between bad and good, and often seemingly bad ideas turn out to be good ones. In this talk, Steve will explore how opening up the bad idea valve can lead unexpectedly to the kind of success we aim for with our good ideas.

About Steve
Steve Portigal helps companies to think and act strategically when innovating with user insights. He is principal of Portigal Consulting, and the author of two books: The classic _Interviewing Users: How To Uncover Compelling Insights_ and new, _Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories_. He’s also the host of the Dollars to Donuts podcast, where he interviews people who lead user research in their organizations. Steve is an accomplished presenter who speaks about culture, innovation, and design at companies and conferences across the globe. He lives in a small coastal town just outside of San Francisco with his partner Anne and their excited dog Buster.

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Light Dinner and Networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Talk
8:00 - 8:30 PM: Closing and Networking

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