Solve for X is an experiment to encourage individuals and groups to undertake “moonshot” technology projects to solve global problems.
I really like this idea. On a similar note, I would love to work for/with Google[x].
A good framework for thinking is physics, the sort of first-principles reasoning — boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.Elon Musk
Go on a walk and you’ll find great ideas popping into your head
In addition to walking, I get my best ideas by riding as a passenger (in a car, bus, etc.), being in the shower, and even occasionally while watching a video, reading a book, or listening to a lecture. I think the obvious common denominator is that one’s mind has to be in an empty, bored, or stimulated state.
I would go further by arguing that boredom is your friend, and as I keep saying, there is no such thing as boredom, only a lack of creativity. Boredom should be thought of as an opportunity for curiosity, inspiration, creativity, and motivation; it’s not just a lack of stimulation.
Just a few things that have been occupying my time and/or mind recently—in no particular order:
- Ultralight backpacking (super addictive)
- Simple living / minimalism
- Bicycle maintainance
- Life after AmeriCorps NCCC
- College studies and subsequent goals
- Southwest Conservation Corps (I begin in September!)
- Travel / getting out more
- Books / reading more
- Friends / family
- Personal well-being (health, fitness, morale, finances)
- Getting things done
Etc… (possibly topics for later discussion)
There needs to be an easier way to browse posts on one’s tumblr dashboard, like the late Google Reader. Or maybe I’m just subscribed to too many blogs. So many blogs.
We often feel paralyzed by choice and make no choice. But the thing is, no choice is a choice. If you’re not doing something about it, you’re doing something about it.Chris Guillebeau
The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you do with what you know.Tony Wagner