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I have been a TED fan for quite some time, and the last months I have been asking myself more and more: where do all these ideas come from?

I mean, from a neurological point of view, can you really say an idea is something that – Eureka! – ‘pops up’ in someone’s brain? Is there suddenly something there – a deep understanding of the working of the economy , the aspiration to write a book about happiness, the dream to meet a personal hero, the idea to call a friend you haven’t seen for a while?

For some of these, possibly yes. But for others, the deep scientifc insights are not just randomly born in someone’s mind. These ideas develop when great thinkers let other people reflect on them. Ideas develop when great minds meet and engage in dialogue. Ideas grow in idea networks. And therefore, coffee houses are great incubators for ideas, as Steven Johson explains.


I like new ideas. The moment you come up with something new is absolutely amazing.

It can be anything: a witty joke, a topic for an article, the meaning of a certain word, the planning of your day, a solution you’ve been facing for a while. Thinking,┬áthe moment of discovery, is a great sensation.

I have two favourite places to think. The shower is definitely my number one. With the warm water running, and myself waking up for a new day, I somehow feel stimulated to reflect on small daily issues. The other one is my bike. Here it is probably the movement, the energy I generate, that simultaneously moves my legs and my brain.