As we wind up 2016, we're taking a look back at our most popular posts of the year. Read on for info on Cognitive Biases, Creativity and the origins of Forness® thinking.

All of us at Ideas To Go wish you a very Happy Holidays and Happy New Year—here’s to a creative and innovative year ahead!

Ideas To Go CEO Ed Harrington had the opportunity to ask Ideas To Go Creator Fred Meyer how did Forness Thinking coming to be.

How Did Forness® Thinking Come To Be?

Forness® thinking is at the root of every Ideas To Go project. We teach each and every client team the importance of looking first at what's good about an idea—and then seeing how they might make that idea better. It works incredibly well for those working in the trenches of innovation and new product development. But how did this simple, yet powerful method come to be? This past summer, Ideas To Go CEO Ed Harrington had the opportunity to ask Ideas To Go Creator Fred Meyer all about it.

How To Sharknado Your Way To Success: Overcoming Negativity Bias

How To Sharknado Your Way To Success: Overcoming Negativity Bias

You're a screenwriter working on a brand new project—but the only direction you have from the network is the title "Sharknado." Do you just run with it...or come up with a hundred reasons why it won't work? If you guess the latter, you're in good company. Negativity Bias is one of the most pervasive Cognitive Biases—but the Sharknado franchise has a lesson for all of us about how to turn negative thinking on its head and go for gold.

How Hamilton Crushed It (Cognitive Bias, That Is)

How Hamilton Crushed It (Cognitive Bias, That Is)

Ideas To Go President Beth Storz shares, "I can't stop thinking about, talking about, or listening to Hamilton...because it really is THAT good. But this history-making historical musical really steals the show from several cognitive biases that could have stopped the production from becoming a reality—if they had entered the scene. So, hats off to you, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Here are a few of the biases I think you totally crushed."

Maximize Your Creativity: Think Like a Slinky

Maximize Your Creativity: Think Like a Slinky

Think about it: it flexes, it bends, it adapts to new surroundings. And it’s hard-wired for momentum. We’re not just talking about the Slinky—we’re also talking about your brain. And while your brain may be hard-wired with Cognitive Biases that make it hard to innovate, it also holds great potential for flexibility, movement and (yes!) fun.

The 2016 Summer Of Innovation Reading List

The 2016 Summer Of Innovation Reading List

Get a little inspiration from these six books chock-full of innovation insights...from the likes of celebrity chefs, pioneering plastic surgeons, and improv masters.

Katie Franke

Katie Franke is a Marketing Communications Specialist and Concept Writer at Ideas To Go, an innovation agency that works with Fortune 500 companies in ideation and concept development to incorporate the voice of the consumer.