How do new ideas happen? Where do they come from?

To create something new, a new sequence of neurons needs to fire in the brain.  New ideas form when we put new connections together.  “For creative thought, you don’t imagine something new   .. You take in things from the outside and make a new connection …. the elements are not new, the combination is new” (Prof William Duggan, Columbia University)

Perhaps something from one part of your life connects with something you experience in another part of your life and a new idea is formed. “Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualities—a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity—but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies”  (Steven Johnson “Where good ideas come from” )

Or perhaps a thought from someone else triggers a new connection in your mind and a new idea is formed. Creating environments where people can interact, like they would in a coffee shop,  encourages ideas to combine and re-combine into something new.

“Chance favors the connected mind”  (Steven Johnson “Where good ideas come from” )