There are so many great ideas out there. Some people might think that all of the good ones are gone. Or that it is just too hard to come up with new ideas now days. Nothing could be further from the truth. All it takes to come up with some awesome original ideas is some imagination. Once you turn that on and start using it properly it is much easier. Some of the best ideas are only just coming to light and they will undoubtedly lead to more of the same. And of course there are lots of great ideas that have been implemented for a number of years and benefit many people.
Take for instance the concept of social security and social security benefits for those people who are US citizens and have worked for a certain number of years where social security has been withheld from their wages. If you are an employee, who has contributed to this program, you are then entitled to certain benefits should you become disabled and meet the requirements of the program. Go to How to apply for Social Security Disability benefits “and learn about the application process and what type of documentation is required from the Disability Determination Services. This was a great idea that slowly evolved from the concept of “social insurance,” which was a respectable and serious intellectual tradition that began in Europe in the 19th century and was an expression of a European social welfare tradition. The social reformers in the early 1900’s and then the Great Depression finally pushed the US government and President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 to choose the social insurance approach as the “cornerstone” of the governments attempts to deal with the problem of economic security. Amendments were made to the initial bill in 1939-1940 which added two new categories of benefits, but it wasn’t until 1954 that additional Social Security Amendments initiated a disability insurance program which provided the public with even more additional coverage against economic insecurity. These were great ideas which benefited thousands of people.
Entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for ideas that can catch fire in the marketplace. Std-test-kits.org was formed to help individuals who are concerned they may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Aside from the embarrassment of seeking professional help, most people would prefer confidentiality and so the idea of at home, personal, accurate std test kits addresses all these concerns. The product helps people without exposing them to ridicule or expensive lab tests.
Then there are those individuals who develop something new and inspiring such as the Seoul-based performance artist Taeyoon Choi who came up with the idea of a live “first-person shooter” game played with cell phones. The rules are simple; each team member has a distinguishing color and number prominently displayed (just like marathon runners), and all you have to do to score is take a cell phone photo of someone on the opposing team. The photos are uploaded via MMS to a central site (Flickr is an obvious choice) to register the score.
Sure, it’s a game, but Shoot Me If You Can is also something deeper. Taeyoon Choi may be calling attention to cell phone ubiquity, cell phone photography as everyday tourism, violence as entertainment, social networking, surveillance society, and the (now definitely post-peak) flash mob trend. One can see it as a game, as a social experiment, or as a large-scale unscripted performance work.
However, once the imagination begins to work, all sorts of other possibilities make themselves apparent. Our own focus is online gambling, and there is a wealth of untapped potential in the crossover between casino gaming and online gambling. If you play online blackjack, imagine the social, commercial, or possibly even artistic potential. And so on; online bingo is immediately fast-paced and social by nature, and the fan factor of online sports betting makes it a natural for ‘real-world’ social crossovers.
What, you don’t really know enough about these online gaming genres? Well, you’re in the right place. I’ll give you a quick introduction to each on the next few pages. Oh, and before we continue: the current owners of the site are NOT affiliated with the original author of the Shoot Me If You Can website (we just own the domain right now), and we really have no idea how to contact him/her.
Other things Carson suggests due to delicious gift giving factors: gift baskets. They really brighten up any work day!