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10 qualities you should cultivate to become more creative

July 23, 2015

10 qualities to become more creative

The title of this post reads “more creative” because I always like to proceed on the basis that we are all creative. Yes: all of us, even you; and even if you think you don’t have that “spark”. No matter how hidden your creativity is, all of us have it innately.

Although there is no exact model to define a creative person, we can find a series of qualities and conducts common to highly creative people, which we can apply to ourselves.

See what they are and you may realize that perhaps it’s not that you aren’t creative; you just need a little practice:

1. Curiosity: an essential quality is to continue seeking answers, even if the question isn’t completely clear. We must ask questions, wonder, inquire and try to understand the world that surrounds us, because that is the best way of finding new ideas.

2. Flexibility: rigidity is something we must do without if we wish to be more creative, for one simple reason: it will always take us down the same path. Only flexible thinking will make us capable of seeing different perspectives and possibilities, which can lead us to more creative solutions.

3. Imagination: although creativity and imagination usually go hand in hand, we don’t necessarily need to have a great imagination in order to find creative solutions for the problems we face. But we still need to be able to unleash our thoughts and let them invent without limits. Remove any restraints from you imagination.

4. Observation: seeing what is going on around us is not enough; we need to be completely aware of all the details. Observe everything that happens, everything that surrounds you, what it makes you feel, what really moves you… this is the only way we will be able to see possibilities wherever we look. The simplest detail can inspire us.

5. Passion: we must find our passion, because when we do something we are passionate about, when we are enjoying ourselves, the effort disappears and desire and interest grow. Passion is what makes us want to improve things.

6. Perseverance: this quality is very closely linked to the previous one, because perseverance and passion often go hand in hand. Passion makes us persevere and through perseverance we can find creative solutions. We may not have the most brilliant idea at first, but if we persevere it will only be a matter of time.

7. Freedom: if you aren’t free it is very probable that your creativity has a limit you have unwittingly set yourself. It is like fastening a chain on imagination, on the will to experiment, learn and try things out.

8. Confidence in yourself: we need to be sure of ourselves in order to face the world and its conventions, barriers and limits. We need to believe in what we are capable of contributing. If we judge things too early, we will probably never be satisfied. If you believe you could do things better, simply have confidence in yourself and create.

9. Positive attitude: because nothing good has ever come out of negativity, and if we see the world with a negative attitude we will only see obstacles instead of opportunities. By being positive we open doors to creativity through opportunity.

10. Courage: we mustn’t be afraid of getting something wrong, or our creativity will be restrained and we will end up doing the same old things out of fear that what is ‘new’ won’t work. We need to think ‘Out of the box’ even if we are afraid and in unchartered territory. We have to explore new areas, where true creativity and disruptive ideas can make their appearance.


María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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ideas4all attends the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015

July 14, 2015

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We are very happy to announce that ideas4all has been selected to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit taking place in Kenya this year, and bringing together entrepreneurs from around the world. The event will take place this coming 25 & 26 July.

The edition will also count with President Obama’s participation, sharing experiences on innovation and entrepreneurship with all of us attending the summit.

Since 2010, when the U.S. hosted the first Summit in Washington, D.C., GES has expanded to a global event, subsequently hosted by the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Morocco.

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Welcome some of the most innovative minds

June 29, 2015

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One thing we are absolutely certain of at ideas4all is that ideas inspire ideas, and that is exactly what we mean to put into practice by organizing our talks on innovation in our office. Our entire team gets together in a quest to find the essence of inspiration, debating the ideas others give us in an attempt to give rise to new ones.

Our talks began with three true innovators: physicist Antoni Trias-Bonet, co-founder of Aplicaciones en Informática Avanzada (AIA), who spoke to us of the dormant potential in data. Amuda Goueli, founder of Destinia, shared her personal story of how she launched Destinia, and Antonio Rodríguez de las Heras, professor of Madrid’s Universidad Carlos III and Director of the university’s Institute of Culture and Technology, spoke to us about the effect technology is having on education through MOOCs, and the cultural changes this entails.

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Antonio Rodríguez de las Heras

All three visited us in our office in Madrid to share their stories and ideas, which have taken them to where they are today. We wish to thank them once more for their enthusiasm and generosity with the entire team.

Although we are currently organizing these talks in private sessions, if you are interested in finding out more about them or know an innovator with a project that can inspire us, you can contact us at editorial@ideas4all.com and we will get in touch.

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ideas4all, present in the map of most important social networks

March 31, 2015

Once again, ideas4all appears in this year’s map of most important social networks, as you can see in the following graphic.

This world map, created for the 5th Ibero-American Congress on Social Networks iRedes only includes social networks with more than 10,000 registered users, categorized as general/horizontal and themed/vertical social media.

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ideas4all receives the Best IBM Partner Prize for platforms as a service

March 4, 2015

It isn’t every day that you win an important prize, so today we can brag a little bit. ideas4all has been awarded the prize as best IBM Partner in the category ‘Platform as a Service’ at a ceremony held in the Royal Spanish Academy. Other startups were also present to share their latest developments in the world of software in the cloud.

IBM also used the occasion to present the opportunities offered by Watson, the company’s data processing system capable of understanding spoken language and offering precise answers to any type of specific question, like any human being.

Watch this video to see this AI system’s participation in the popular TV game show ‘Jeopardy!’.

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ideas4all’s Top 10 for 2014

December 23, 2014

Here they are! Our ideas4all Top 10 for 2014.

Check out!

1. todah86
2. JAGM-Georgy
3. angel panero
4. miguelmartinez
5. fulano
6. santiagohg2
7. crojo
8. badfaith
9. qqnauta
10. Memm

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Here’s how we prepared our Christmas Tree. Now it’s your turn!

December 16, 2014

You don’t need much space at home to prepare and decorate a fantastic Christmas Tree. We prepared ours using colored cardboard, and the whole team joined in to give it its shape. Don’t cut down trees, you can cut them out and recycle them later. Now there’s a good idea.

Make your own Christmas Tree and share it in ideas4all!

Check out the step-by-step guide to our Christmas Tree.


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Tourist arrivals in Spain are beating records, but do we really know what they are interested in?

September 4, 2014

Tourism in Spain is in high demand. Almost 22 million travellers have passed through Spanish airports in July, the second best month for Tourism in Spain’s history. According to official data, this year has so far also beaten the national record for tourist arrivals.

This is all fine and well, but many of these travellers have simply come and gone. We know they have spent money in the country, but know very little about their stay in Spain.

Isn’t it a pity to squander such wealth of information?
Did they like the breakfast buffet at the hotel where they stayed? Were they comfortable in the airplane seats of the airline they chose?

Any business needs to know its clients and in the new digital environment it is essential for brands to maintain a conversation with them. Not only will they stand out from the competition, their survival may depend on it, too.

This is where ideas social networks come into play, such as our own innovation agora. They are based on open innovation, i.e. companies ‘open up’ to their clients and allow them to contribute ideas. A clear example can be seen in ideas4all, our showcase ideas social network where users have submitted, throughout these past years, many ideas to improve the Tourism sector.

Let us turn back now to those airlines who have carried millions of tourists this summer. It is great that they sold so many tickets, but do they know what it is about their planes that their clients like? Or better still, what is it they don’t like and would like to see change? If they do find out, it will probably be because of an unpleasant experience and a complaint form.

But with an ideas social network, passengers of the airline can avoid complaints forms and directly suggest solutions such as these:

- Weight sensors to count occupied seats in a plane
- Order menus before the flight to reduce food wasted on planes

What about hotel clients? They may have had a great few days and are looking forward to their next stay in the hotel. And they may be even more convinced to do so if they can share their ideas on how to improve their experience during their stay, like in these examples:

- Menus for diabetics
- See your hotel invoice in your room’s TV

Any company in the Tourism sector should, at least, consider the need of having their own ideas social network to share experiences with their clients, whether they travel for business or pleasure, in order to continue growing: because apart from being useful, sharing ideas and improving is fun.

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The idea that won the Big Bang Challenge and continued to be a success story

April 28, 2014
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Seeing an idea become reality is always gratifying, but finding out that the winning idea of our Big Bang Challenge 2010 continues to be a success story is even better.

The idea “THE END of polluting companies – Interactive recycling” suggested the creation of Ecopoints, interactive devices placed in key locations around cities. The main motivation behind recycling for users is that, by doing so, they obtain “eco-credits” for each recycled element, and these “eco-credits” can be accumulated and exchanged for prizes, offers and commercial benefits. This makes recycling something fun and advantageous for people who recycle.

The idea became reality, and today Ecopoints offer the following advantages:

- Share your recycling in social networks. Ecopoint devices are connected to the Internet and publish an automatic update in social networks showing how many bottles have been recycled and the environmental benefit a given user has created with his or her action.
- Automatically analyze recycled materials. Each Ecopoint classifies and compacts material, and users do not need to learn color classification systems or different recycling containers.
- Rankings are created to highlight users who recycle the most in shopping malls, universities and buildings, thus setting an example for other users.
- Recycle to win prizes such as cellphone top-ups, movie tickets, vouchers in 16 associated franchises, etc.

We spoke to the creator, ideator Camjim, who wanted to share with us everything he has achieved after receiving the 25,000 dollar prize in our Big Bang Challenge, thanks to which he was able to get his idea started.

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Camjim gave us an update on his idea since then:

- There is now a team of 14 people working on Ecopuntos.
- They have recycled 670,000 packages in Latin America in the last few years.
- 182,000 people have taken part in Ecopuntos.
- They have a network of 32 Ecopuntos, installed in Colombia, Peru and Mexico.
- They have received several national and international awards: the last was received directly from Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, who awarded them the prize for start-ups granted by the National Employers’ Association (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios – ANDI) in 2013.
- They have published articles on the initiative in local and international media, and were selected by HuffingtonPost and Youth Service America among the 25 most influential and powerful young people in 2012.
- In 2013, the World Economic Forum selected them as a member of the Global Shapers community, for leaders under 30.
- To date, they have achieved aggregated sales of close to 340,000 dollars in a year and a half of commercial activity.
- They have involved 90% of the beverages sector in their project. (Coca-cola, Carrefour, Unilever, Tetra-Pak, among others.)

They have also decided to create a new spin-off, adapting their recycling technology to electronic waste in the USA, a 20 trillion dollar industry.

We were extremely happy at hearing Camjim’s words: “Quite simply, the ideas4all prize changed my life, and the lives of thousands of people around me.”

Ideas truly can become reality.

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