Cycling of Ideas Wastes

Cycling of Ideas Wastes

The number source of time is wasted time. The number one source of energy is wasted energy. I add that the number one of customers is wasted customers and the number one of ideas is wasted ideas. I am finding support to my additions in the definition of disruption as outlined by a Harvard Business Reviews article "Disruption describes a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established current businesses. Specifically, as incumbents focus on improving their products and services for their most demanding (and usually most profitable) customers, they exceed the needs of some segments and ignore the needs of others. Entrants that prove disruptive begin by successfully targeting those overlooked segments, gaining a foothold by delivering more-suitable functionalityβ€”frequently at a lower price.

During my first visit to Malaysia in 1998 I recall my meeting with the CEO of a major investment bank (BDF Bank it was called to my best memoty). He told me how the idea of establishing the bank came to his mind. During these times banks wouldn't have accepted deposits below a certain amount because the administrative costs made them unattractive. The CEO developed software to handle these deposits feasibly. He attracted the "drop out" and wasteful customers of other banks to become a leading bank in Malaysia.

This approach may be learnt from plants. Plants apply the concept of host-finding disruption. Some weeds (representative of dropped customers) send a scent to invite the insects to "land" on them instead of the neighboring crop. This way the main crop (business) will support the weeds (minor business) and view it as threaten-free so that the minor business will have a breathing period to grow and disrupt.

It is the same story with wasted time. In my presentation "The Blue Ocean Strategy of Time" I advocated applying the blue ocean strategy to deal with time waste. I advocate similar extension of the ideas to ideas waste.

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Wastes are cheap resources, but become very expensive if these wastes prolong or decay. It is a readily available resource. However; because we tend to keep doing what we do we compile wastes and look down at their utilization. This is a paradox- we look for cheap resources and when we find them we tend to be inconsiderate of them.

How many ideas have we thrown in the waste bin? It is in these bins that we may find ample room for creative innovations. One great example that I read recently is on "Waste Water into Wine: An Idea for Producing More Phosphorus". In this post the author Dan Stone describes a process in which a reactor adds chemicals and turbulence to turn waste water into pellets nutritious for plants. The productβ€”pellets made of magnesium, ammonium and phosphorusβ€”can be used to enrich soils. It is not only enriching soils, but also enriching our behavior, our thinking and our lives that turning wastes to useful product is.

Many great have been thrown in the bin of ideas waste. It is time to wake up for them. Please share your story or a story that you know about on turning long-dormant ideas or wasted ideas into living bodies. Your share shall be highly welcome.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dearTausif Mundrawala. You are correct and after all ibooks are compilation of ideas.What applies to ideas applies to books.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear for your sharing. I miss your brainy comments. I truly do.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Absolutely true you and your quote correct. We give our existence for a while on earth no value if we only produce waste and not finding a way to turn the waste into something useful. Thank you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman for writing such an interesting comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Smashing comment Jerry Fletcher and I enjoyed reading "Simply by mentally walking through the notes and observations there is a bridge to a different time and different minds" How true and expressive of reality this is!. I love the way you keep your notes even we get lost sometimes in which binder to find them. At least we know they are there. Ideas grow chaotically till we find a way to self-organize them or they may do this job for us!!!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
We use chip clip all the time to seal bags of powdered milk, chips and many other food items. I didn't know the story behind it till I read your comment . This is a great idea of the value of simple ideas that find great potential. You have an entrepreneurial quality Jean as you know the value of not discarding ideas till their day comes. Love comment

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

We are a wasteful society Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. There are landfills full of waste, we have waste in our seas and oceans, we have waste in junkyards and boneyards. We even have waste floating around in space. We must learn more about utilizing waste and especially using ideas rather than throw them away. I agree it is time to wake up for them. β€œIf you have an opportunity to make things better and you don't, then you are wasting your time on earth.”― Roberto Clemente

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #14

Ali, thank you once again for stirring the "little grey cells." My example is from a file I have kept since I started speaking about 1990. Every time I attend an event locally, nationally or internationally I listen to the other speakers, make notes and gather their materials. When I return home I review those items, and build a list of "possibilities" based by what I saw and heard. The data has accumulated in three ring binders over the years. Some "possibilities" are done immediately. Others sit in the 3 ring binders until I take one down from the shelf. Like Paul's closet cleaning it has become a treasure trove over the years. Simply by mentally walking through the notes and observations there is a bridge to a different time and different minds. If you'll pardon me, I have a little reverie to enter. The only question is, "Which Binder?"

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
I am glad you cleaned your cupboard Paul Walters wrote a beautiful buzz on his experiences waiting for the publisher to publish his first book. Valuable things show their value by keeping us waiting for hem.

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #12

Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Wasting time is for me right up there with sloth and procrastination. However during my time wasting phase I cleared out a long forgotten cupboard and found an idea from 10 years ago. An idea for a book. That book is now a trilogy and two more followed. I am now wasting time writing the next one. Would you be so kind as to write to the publishers and tell them that I have a cold and they should get their promised manuscript soon...well maybe not soon but sometime

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Great and mind-provoking examples. I thank you Yogesh Sukal for such a beautiful contribution. Well-done.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Thank you dear Gert Scholtz for providing an excellent example of potentially turning coffee waste into an energy source. This is a terrific one. Thank you for sharing it.

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #9

Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee An example of turning a β€œwaste” idea into a valuable one is happening close to me at the moment. A person I know realized that with the rise in coffee shops and coffee consumption, a big amount of ground and filtered coffee is thrown away every day. If the coffee waste is collected, it could be used in the form of coals or brickets to fire up stoves and fireplaces this coming winter. It would help the recycling of waste and save trees usually used for firewood. If this will be viable and will work still remains to be seen…. I thought an interesting way of turning what is literally a β€œwaste” idea into something beneficial.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
You left no mask dear Sara Jacobovici hiding the reality. Yes, the mask of pre-determining the value of an idea or whatever. Instead of enhancing the value of an idea we tend to have misconception and reject the opportunity for a breakthrough. Your comment resonates very strongly with me.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #7

You are forcing us to look at our behaviours in a very honest manner Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. We waste time, energy, ideas, relationships, as a result of losing sight; we don't see the value because it is masked by what we have already decided has value. If the two, our expectation and what is taking place, do not fit, then we "trash" it without any hesitation. The individual who is open to seeing the idea for what it is and can be, does what the CEO in your example did Dr. Ali, works the idea from the inside out; finds the fit and enhances the idea's value. Another thing that is often painfully wasted as a result of this tunnel vision, is potential. When an idea or person is not given the opportunity to thrive, not only is its worth in the moment wasted, but its potential for the future.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
You flow with wisdom Harvey Lloyd. You go with the flow of wisdom. "The main lesson, be present in the moment you find yourself". Also, "but we find opportunity and wisdom by being present". What Could I say? Your wisdom overwhelms me, Harvey.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #5

Time can be seen from two contexts, a measurement instrument that we use to tell if we are ahead or behind; Or, a river in which we exist on. If we see time as a measurement then we can only measure it in the sense of not enough or plenty. Seeing time as a river of ever changing opportunities, is a teacher of wisdom. The main lesson, be present in the moment you find yourself. Consider the fact that if humans didn't exist is time a factor? We created time so that we might understand and measure our world and identify cycles of action. Unfortunately we have also adopted time as a performance indicator within our own intrinsic value. Its part of the equation. When we extricate time from our equation we still set the alarm, attend appointments on time, but we find opportunity and wisdom by being present. Your post describes the opportunity that was produced as one looked at their existence within time, they were present at the moment the idea birthed. It's not what you do with time that is important, it's is who you are within it that influences you and those around you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
It is up to creative minds to find a novel use. Sticky notes was invented to glue cartoon boxes, but it failed the tests. The creative question was in whiich area mild stickiness would be needed? This question lead to sticky notes as one of the most successful commercial applications.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
I think our tendency to have a low perspective of wastes is a core problem siraj shaik. Calling them wastes negatively affects their potential.These wastes have treasures in them and they are awaiting a sharp mind to utilize them. Yes, the factors that you outlined are all important, but I also think we need to upgrade our perspective. Your solar panel example is spot on. I just wonder how it differed from conventional ones.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you dear debasish majumder on intent.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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