The best way to predict the future is to create itPeter Drucker
Everything evolves, changes, develops, and dies out. Why not peer into your crystal ball and make a prediction about what will happen in the future to everyday objects.
Let’s take a few examples for you to work on:
The electric kettle, born in 1922, was fathered (so to speak) by Arthur Leslie Large. It is based on the non-electric variety which dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, or China, depending on where you get your information. But what of its future? Imagine how it might evolve if:
- The cost of electricity became so high that just boiling a kettle became ridiculously expensive.
- Word got around that tea and coffee gives people cancer, and everyone believed it.
- It was replaced by something better.
- Human beings develop the power to boil liquids with their minds.
Give this a go for yourself. To focus your mind, try to come up with some different scenarios:
- What would make it better?
- What would make it cheaper?
- What would make it more expensive?
- What would make it bigger, or smaller?
- What would happen if it was a different colour?
- What would make it obsolete?
- What else could happen to it in the future?
- What if it became illegal to use?
Who knows? This might just inspire you to think of the replacement to the electric kettle.
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This creativity tip comes from Build Your Own Idea Factory: 68 ways to boost your creativity and get inspired by David Norrington