Over the next series of posts, we’ll take a look at some of the best ways to share ideas within a collaborative community.
To start with a novel-esque concept, let’s imagine (if just for a moment) that there’s no such thing as a “bad” idea. In fact, let’s pretend that there’s no such thing as a “good” idea… sorry, “Good Idea Fairy” I think that means you’re out of a job.
Ideas, within a collaborative community, are best communicated when we toss the concepts of “good ideas” and “bad ideas” out the window. Given a clean slate, we’re more likely to share ideas than if we’re worried about the grade that idea will get from the group. Fellow #kidmin guru, Kenny Conley, recently posted a dilemma he’s having with the branding of his children’s ministry check-in station. For Kenny’s post to generate a collaborative conversation, readers have to be willing to put out ideas without fearing what grade (good, bad, lame, boring, old-fashioned, fail, etc) others in the community will give it. Ultimately, it’s up to Kenny to decide, not which idea is good or bad, but rather, which idea best accomplishes his goals. At that point, he can make a good or bad decision, but the ideas the community offers are just there to help him process that decision.
Over the next series of posts, we’ll explore three major types of ideas that exist in a collaborative community… ideas that have to be shared in order for the community to actually be collaborative.