Since we are in this phase of finding and focusing our research, it’s worth considering how, where we get ideas. As author Steven Johnson describes in this Ted Talk (and in his book of the same name), it’s rarely the comic book, light bulb over head Eureka! moment. Drawing from scientists, musicians, inventors, designers, Johnson illustrates how ideas grow and emerge in different, and sometimes, unexpected ways.

What are some methods and approaches you use to generate ideas?