Inspiration is a tricky thing. It often strikes us when we least expect it, half-asleep, or in the shower, or both.
The eureka moment, that invisible hand that pushes innovation forward, is elusive. “An epiphany is a different way of solving problems than the problem solving we do every day,” wrote Steve Blank in The Atlantic earlier this month. “In an epiphany, you see the entire answer to a complex problem without realizing you were even consciously thinking about it.”
So, how do you get to eureka? Relaxation helps. But so does distraction. Being around people helps. But brainstorms don’t do any good, as Jonah Lehrer famously described in a January article inThe New Yorker.
For Innovation Week, we’re turning the question over to you, Atlantic readers: How do you come up with your best ideas? Do you work best alone or in groups? Do you find your muse in solitude or in a bustling coffee shop?