Creative Metabolism of Ideas

Creative Metabolism of Ideas

Trees are amazing as they turn limited resources into a huge variety of chemicals that serve strategic purposes such as growth and survival. Trees utilize sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into sugar and then convert this sugar into varieties of products (primary and secondary metabolites). Basically trees use sixteen chemicals (derived from soil and fertilizers) to produce so many products and each with a strategic purpose. Trees are the best cook on earth.

Creative Metabolism of Ideas

For me, trees are the mother of all creative metaphors. Trees are able to link what they produce to their requirements. Not only may that as trees produce some chemicals selectively and when needed to push off predators, to give one example. If we probe on the strategies that trees developed to defend themselves it becomes obvious their ingenuity in charting out defensive strategies that we humans have a great opportunity to learn from.

This is one reason I don't greatly welcome representing creative ideas as light bulbs. Sunlight is essential for trees to produce creative as well as commonly needed chemicals. Sunlight is an ingredient of creativity and isn't creativity. I think we need to rediscover the real meaning of creativity.

Take beBee as an example. It is a vivid platform to illumination with daily "ideas radiation" over the globe. We bees are the trees that get exposed to this ideas radiation and we are therefore responsible for taking this radiation purposefully to activate low-quality ideas into purposeful products that evolve with the emerging needs. Trees use water and carbon dioxide to produce sugar that is a source of stored energy to "cook" other reactions using its own produced-sugar as a starting material, and including the building of cells' walls. A tree knows that somebody's waste is somebody's starting material.

BeBee is a rich forest connecting different trees around the globe. BeBee success, like any other startup, is linked to its ability to produce products that serve a purpose. No matter what, beBee eventual success shall depend on the quality of individual bees or trees to produce what is appropriate with the timespace requirements of a tree. We need an enriched soil to provide the microelements for trees to synthesize the requirements needed for a tree to grow and face environmental challenges. The idea of establishing affinity hives is simply brilliant because each hive may enrich the soil as much as other ideas may act as the equivalent to sunshine for photosynthesis to take place. We need "transportation ideas" so that they may carry watery ideas from the soil to the top of the tree. We need ideas to protect intellectual rights from predators. We need to do what a tree does so that we may have a fully integrated beBee platform.

Trees are better cooks than humans as they make so many different varieties of chemicals and compounds from very few available resources. Trees found creative methods to change the paths of chemical reactions to produce strategically desired compounds. I am going to show by examples what we may learn from trees in my forthcoming buzzes.

I believe that representing creativity with a light bulb is a reductionist approach because we made the part more important than the living whole- the tree. We are trees who convert shining ideas as an energy source to convert conventional ideas into useful ones. To do that we need the structure of trees and far more importantly to learn from the trees on when to produce, to grow, to truncate, to drop and to survive. I shall dedicate few buzzes to look into these possibilities.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Appreciate as always your support dear Sara Jacobovici shall be equally pleased.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #29

#47
Great initiative (and cooperative exchange with Ali Anani. I look forward to joining (this triadic hive). I also like the idea of approaching groups we like and asking them to contribute to the hives. Nice work Bees!! Keep up the great work.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
Great idea Deb Lange. I love it. It is our isolation from nature that paralyzes our creativity. Nature has the solution and we need to adapt it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
I feel the need and to cover also the creative aspects of conserving nature dear Deb Lange. One hive shall not do it alone. We need hives within hives to do that. I still feel the need. Thank you so much for your interest.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
Before reading any of your comments dear sister Irene Hackett I prepare my heart for a big joy. You never disappoint me. Your writing "our brilliant analysis of how trees exist in stillness peacefully and yet are so much at work" highlights beautifully this paradox with musical words and passionate logic. You are filled with beauty dear.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
Nice of you Joel Anderson. Thank you

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

4 years ago #24

Nice, thank you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

You are one of my most preferred writers as you know dear Savvy Raj. You nurture my love to write more on nature

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I love your positive thinking John Rylance as evidenced from your writing "nurture nature". Beautifully expressed

John Rylance

John Rylance

4 years ago #21

I agree with you Ali and Deb Lange. In human terms we talk about whether our behaviours are due to nature or nurture. One of these behaviours should be to nurture nature. The images you mention Deb where occurring long before we lived on this planet, and we need to ensure they continue long after we've finished enjoying them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Dear Deb Lange- you wrote "I always imagined it strange that policy makers who make decisions about the environment sit behind glass doors in concrete buildings disconnected from nature.". This is a crucial issue and I wonder if you would consider establishing a hive for environment protection. I feel sometimes there are policy makers who hate nature and concerted efforts are needed to raise awareness of the environment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
So, my previous comment is in full accordance with your comment dear Deb Lange. We see eye-to-eye in an amazing way

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear Deb Lange- I couldn't agree more with you.I know how passionate you are to nature and nature-derived metaphors from your forthcoming book during this month. You are spot on

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
Much pleased with your comment dear Jeet Sarkar Thank you my friend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Whatever you put your heart into your contribution shall be valued and valuable John Rylance

John Rylance

John Rylance

4 years ago #15

Ali adding to my previous comments. Perhaps most creative of all is trees become wood pulp, which in turn becomes paper, leading to all the creative writings which have graced it. As to your comment about me passionate about trees, while I might be a tree hugger today, like Toad of Toad Hall I maybe passionate about something else completely different by tomorrow.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
We live in the age of exchanging roles dear DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o- one day I am your professor and the next I am your student

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Again, I thank you John Rylance and I hope you keep commenting because obviously your are passionate about this topic. Your feedback is enriching.

John Rylance

John Rylance

4 years ago #12

Thank you Ali. Certainly trees bring out the creativity in us, from the noble oak in past ship building, solid mahogany for furniture, long straight lean pine trees as telegraph poles and so on. It's trees/wood that inspired the creativity of Chipendale etc., and continues to do so today.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ironically, I love to teach girls at the university much more than boys dear DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o. Girls are more serious and they want to prove their worth of having new opportunities opening up for them. So, me and Socrate diverge.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Amazing quality comment yours is John Rylance. You leave me with great thoughts on how trees have their unique "personalities" as developed from the challenges they face. Yes, this is one theme of a future buzz. Take seaweeds which produce cellulose-like material, but with unique properties than cellulose that is produced by land plants. Even though the ingredients in trees are similar, yet their metabolic pathways may differ significantly. Not to forget physical adaptations as well and this leads me to say we haven't even scratched the surface of the tree metaphor.

John Rylance

John Rylance

4 years ago #9

Trees survive longer than light bulbs. A light bulb moment is a single flash of creativity, whereas your tree analogy is a continuous progression of creativity. We need both the first to inspire (light bulb) the other to build creatively on the idea. Thank you Ali for your piece, and I leave you with this question. Are some tree types more creative than others?

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #8

#13
As always Ali Anani, I appreciate our exchanges and, based on your comment, eagerly look forward to your next Buzzes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
You Sara Jacobovici scare me in a sweet way! Reading your eloquent and very probing comment made me wonder if you reside in my head reading it. My forthcoming buzz shall contain the following ideas: Trees don't visit doctors and they depend on self-healing Trees can't afford to stay in their comfort zones as humans do- they face challenges and come up with creative solutions In every part of a tree there is a creative solution Trees aren't only a source of speciality chemicals; they are also a source of creative strategies ANd many more ideas to come. So, your writing "It seems that trees have a difficult time defending themselves against us" is on spot as humans may turn out the worst enemies of trees and to humans themselves as well. The solution is exactly what you wrote "we need to benefit from nature in a conscientious way". Your comments fill me with more confidence to move on with the tree creative metaphor.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #6

Nature does what it does innately and you Ali Anani teach us how to not only marvel at it but to benefit from the learning of what nature does and how it does it. As a certified tree hugger and metaphor junkie, I couldn’t agree more about trees being β€œthe mother of all creative metaphors.” One of the things that you made me think of is that, as humans, we need to benefit from nature in a conscientious way. And that means being aware of our connection to nature and not just a consumer of its resources. It seems that trees have a difficult time defending themselves against us. I love how you are looking at what is part of creativity versus creativity itself. I think β€œMother Nature” is creative and all she has created is part of creativity. I think for human creativity, our ability to imagine is the sole criteria. We can imagine without creating, but we can’t create without imagination. Dr. Ali you write, β€œBeBee is a rich forest connecting different trees around the globe.” And you are right. beBee was formed in the imagination of one or more individuals who saw something different from what existed. They provide the fertile ground, the means and potential. Now it’s up to us to know, as the trees do, how to cook up the most successful recipe from these ingredients.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
I wonder if Socrate would have reached same conclusions had he been surrounded with sharp thinkers like DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o~ You have a great way of explaining "running" issues

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
What is the role of a cook (strategist) is the theme of a forthcoming buzz dear debasish majumder and so your comment is ahead of its time. Great cooks try new recipes and love discovery. They too send us into different channels. I appreciate greatly your solid comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Will check the Portuguese word and come back

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Thank you dear DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o for enriching my soul with your appreciation and your enriching us with your very fulfilling comment. I am deeply grateful to you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Dear Tausif Mundrawala- I love first comments and this one of yours makes me even much happier. I am glad you find the illustration relevant and also I am very grateful to your kind words.

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