Ideas and networking

Today I had the pleasure of meeting a very enthusiastic clinician with some big ideas on how to improve on medical education. At the end of the conversation I was absolutely electric - which got me thinking

  these cool ideas, what makes them so good? How do you tell a great idea from a bad one?


This is a really subjective topic to think about but with clearly objective results...the scientist in me weeps.

That feeling you get when the light bulb flickers brighter is pretty infectious, using those little grey cells so to speak. Some fizzle out as quickly as they arrived, whilst others quickly cement themselves in your mind or others that this could be something worth pursuing.

The kind of ideas I am talking about are when you think of improving something you are involved or interested in. This need to improve your surroundings is what drives change, increases efficiency and ultimately produces new ideas. Your network - the people around you can be pretty influential - certainly in Dundee I am privileged to be around people I am sure have the ability to revolutionise their area. Furthermore - this network is being connected with this buzz for ideas.

Perhaps an idea itself is not what is special per se Perhaps its the making and production, the way you are able to hypothesise its own path, it grows arms and legs

The people you have around you, this network, is a dynamic entity - shaped by what drives individuals and what connects you together. I think the best ideas capture you, the like minded and ultimately the people it affects. The influence the idea has on these groups two way, it also has an effect on this thing that is the idea. If you have the right network around you, this idea turns from "thats cool" - to that speechless moment where you wonder why noone else has had this thought before.