Sharing ideas is what we do. And, of course, sometimes we share pretty useless stuff, but sometimes we share some gems--great ideas that we’re just too lazy to pursue. We don’t think such sharing should be limited to a newspaper column.
We’d like to propose Idea Day in schools. In advance of such a day, teachers and club moderators could talk about ideas and collaboration, and how great things come to be. And they could start to plan an Idea Day at which students could present ideas and maybe get to work on some of them. It could be a schoolwide day of fun an innovation. Good ideas have a knack for catching on. Once a school or two started having Idea Days the word would spread to other schools and pretty soon a bunch of schools would hold Idea Days. And it wouldn’t stop there. Schools could select their best ideas to send to a district-wide or citywide Idea convention.
It wouldn’t necessarily have to be a competition like the Westinghouse or Siemens Competition. It would be more like a fair or exhibition which would promote idea-sharing and collaboration.
You may have heard of the TED talks, which are run by a nonprofit for the purpose of spreading ideas in all sorts of businesses and topics. Idea Day in schools would follow the same philosophy.
At the very worst, students would be encouraged to think creatively and collaboratively, and we think that’s a great idea that should get its own day!