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Feedback and more ideas are very welcome. This Global Ideas Bank is not at present for patentable ideas or technological ideas or other product-based ideas - more for ideas concerning suggested new services, organisations, laws, constitutions, procedures, ways to relate, ways to solve problems, etc. All ideas will automatically be entered for the annual awards (deadline June 1st each year); and be aware that all ideas submitted may be freely edited and used in this Global Ideas Bank and in the Institute for Social Inventions' various publications. Send up to a thousand words, adding which section your idea should go in. If your idea is already available on the World Wide Web, please send simply an abstract of the idea (up to 100 words) with an http reference. Please always give your name, address, telephone and fax number and e-mail address, to Nicholas Albery at [email protected].
Ideas from different sources and publications are here organized in lists by category.
As you are browsing through the ideas, you have the opportunity to rate how well you like each one. The ratings are stored and tabulated to show which ideas are the most popular.
As of 05/07/96, 6906 people have produced 9689 ratings of 1008 ideas out of 1123.
These are currently the ideas most often voted for:
|Hemp - 'a plant to save the world'?||95%||80|
|Fuel from water||95%||125|
|Practise random kindness and senseless acts of beauty||95%||61|
|Hair removal by laser||94%||207|
|Childless By Choice||91%||67|
|Green employment agency||90%||61|
|Improving Western understanding of death||90%||53|
|Go camping together before marriage||85%||76|
|Legalising trade in marijuana seeds only||84%||99|
|A shamanic death song||82%||74|
|Vegetarian diet eases arthritis||81%||65|
|Pre-Marriage Percentage Compatibility Rating Test||81%||84|
|Near-Death Experiences and the hyperactive survival drive||77%||82|
|Flix Club for young girls||75%||117|
|Boyfriend pays $20 deposit for date||70%||66|
|Sex education without fuss||67%||115|
|A ring tattoo to discourage adultery||62%||122|
|The best uninhabited island in the world?||50%||0|
These are the most highly rated ideas, regardless of number of ratings:
|One traveller's initiative to save Jaisalmer||100%||5|
|Shock Third World holidays||100%||4|
|Two Sir Humphreys||100%||3|
|Intelligence at the end of the universe||100%||3|
|Ministry of Ideas||100%||2|
|Dean Clough Mills||100%||2|
|Legalised ticket touting||100%||2|
|Auction of Promises: how to raise L16,000 in one evening||100%||2|
|Golan Heights Peace Park||100%||2|
|Zero inflation through credit permits for lenders||100%||2|
|Sewage marshes as nature sanctuaries||100%||1|
|Brokerage and Direct Payment for those with disabilities||100%||1|
|Computer matched group members||100%||1|
|Pendulum arbitration in monopoly services||100%||1|
|Converting church galleries||100%||1|
|An options market for ideas||100%||1|
|Voluntary Agencies Directory||100%||1|
These are collections of ideas published by the Institute for Social Inventions. All of these ideas are organized by category above.
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