Ideas are not at all confined to the geometric or mathematical world. All the above considerations apply as well to universal timeless beauty that can be found in so many art masterpieces. The Taj Mahal, Milano’s Il Duomo or Cordoba’s Mosque have the strongest possible cultural origin and are products of the techniques available at their times. Still most of us recognize their beauty in a timeless way outside of any given culture. Great artists often say that they do not create them but simply recognize the beauty of shapes and colours by looking at nature or inside their minds. Michelangelo Buonarroti put it in a funny way stating that he simply took off the spare parts of the rock to unveil the magnificent sculptures that were inside.
Most ideas however are of more mundane origin and they can be found as best practices in business, engineering, law, marketing, investment, sport, music, humour, etc. This type of ideas are everywhere in every day’s life and determine the outcome of almost every social human undertaken enterprise. It is possible to recognize their nature by observing what I call the “of courseness” property. When exposed to true ideas most people say OF COURSE this is the right way to do it. It is obvious, I see it clearly now. It has always amazed me that they literally declare to “see” something. Probably people feel the shadow of the idea that is being presented or of a tool to unveil it or a hint for a path to it.
Universal, timeless, absolutely true or beautiful things like these, have their natural place in a library, gallery, museum or similar organized collections. In part, because it is probably the most efficient way for everybody to have the opportunity to access them, but most basically because somebody has to take care of making the world aware of them and preserve them of oblivion or damage. Somebody has to take care of these things, especially since ideas have no ownership, at least of human origin.
Ideas4all is an idea by itself. It has a huge “of courseness” degree. Many people see this idea now and propose procedures to build it in articles, papers and even fully devoted books. Wikinomics is a good example of an interesting and well written one. However the real Pythagoras of this story is Ana Maria Llopis. Long before Wikinomics and the like, Ana Maria clearly distinguished the shadow of this idea and started the project of promoting the creation of a modern Plato’s cave, carved in the internet. A kind of platonic YouTube where all possible beautiful shadows could be freely exposed, basically with the same purposes of personal promotion, exposure to friends, profit and/or simply the pleasure to share with others. Most importantly it is to raise the levels of collective creativity, the problem solving ability and idea-awareness of any and everyone, in an emergent way.
Ana Maria is an amazingly gifted human being. She is a beautiful trefoil with intelligence, artistic creativity and management ability as the three colours of her essential tricolorability. It is obvious to me that Plato loves Ana Maria when he meets her in space-time. She probably likes Plato too and it would not surprise me if she enrols him as part of the ideas4all team, as Vice-President, of course.
Toni Trias. Doctor in Physics. Vice-President and R&D director Grupo AIA