Are Ideas Measurable?

Are Ideas Measurable?

Last week I exchanged comments on the title of my post “Ideas Stock Markets”. The discussions centered around how could eye place ideas for trading in a stock market if their value is immeasurable?

As valid as this question is in reality it is not true. Creativity is to make the immeasurable measurable, the impossible possible and the unfamiliar familiar?

This is a hugely-important issue. If an employee suggests a creative idea to solve a long-lasting problem how do you know the value of this idea? Such a question is not limited to one interest. Its importance extends to writing quality, marketing campaigns, management of business and evaluation of employees just to give few examples. So, I decided to share this post with the readers so that they may benefit from the ideas shared in this post.

You write a title for your post and you wonder if it has a “high emotional value” to move the hearts of your readers. Is there a way to do that?

You write a tweet hoping that shall touch the hearts of its readers and maybe then rush to retweet it. But, how do you know? Is it simply almost a shot in the dark- either it does or doesn’t?

You have written a creative idea suggesting a solution to a problem to your supervisor. You know she is a spiritual person. You need a measure for the spiritual merit of this idea. Is it possible.

You have written a post addressed to the Business Hive. How do you know that bees in this hive would be interested in the post. Do we have a measure for this post?
The Good News

The good news is there are many ways to do that. I published few presentations and posts to show how to do this.

The advancement of science in several fields has made this possible, including neuroscience.

If you raise your eyebrows in surprise I assure you may do this. I am sharing just two examples of my published works.

Example 1

Heart-Grabbing Titles

You write possible titles for a post and then you ask which is the most heart-grabbing title one? I took the challenge to answer this question.

Before publishing a post, I came up with the list of titles. I manipulated a commercial software to empower it to measure the emotional value of my suggested title using the Clusterizer Software and compared the results with two other methods using excel software and surveys.

To measure the consistency of these results I interviewed a sample of people and asked them to describe their experience being emotionally-moved by the titles.

The reader may respond by saying this approach is subjective. My response is as long as I keep consistency, it is accepted. We have many examples of this consistency such as measuring the Customer Net Score. By simply asking one question you may measure the satisfaction of your readers or customers. I am sharing the next example to show how I did this. For now, I Can tell you that this work resulted in not only finding the candidate title using three different methods but also the company owning the software putting summary of my several publications on their website.


As mentioned earlier, I then extended this approach to other fields such as election campaign. The owner of the software has for many years now these examples shown on his website, If you click the User button shown in the image below it shall give you a summary of these publications for more details with links to the publications source.


Example 2

Visits to Hospitals

I extended the above-mentioned technique to measure the emotions people feel towards an eye hospital. Guess what- I got a consultancy contract to improve the customers’ Journey Map to the Hospital. This analysis is very important for hospitals because both patients, visitors and even the hospital staff are subject to emotional fluctuations. If we may find a creative approach to monitor and measure these fluctuations then the hospital shall know when emotions became dangerously explosive and then find solutions for them.

You may find details on this work here “Coupling Customers Journey Maps with Twitter”.



It is enough to share just two examples here of my work that shows ideas are measurable. If somebody tells you that a problem is not solvable or measurable then it is your golden opportunity to find a creative solution, methodology or processes to make them measurable.

Impossibility is possible with creativity. If you stretch your imagination and the power of your creativity flow then solutions shall emerge in front of your eyes.
Ali Anani
Creativity gives you the niche to find a footage for you in the crowded fields.
Ali Anani

Impossibilities are the gaps in our knowledge. You must firm up your mind that there is a solution hiding somewhere. It is the missing pearl that you are searching for.

Next opportunities are hiding in the rings. Just find a way to the rings.

I may measure ideas, but the measurement of appreciation to my readers are beyond me. Thank all for making this post trending. This is the notification from LinkedIn:

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Thank you dear @Debasish Majumder for your appreciated share of the post.

Glad you are back. Where have you been my friend?


#41 @Fay Vietmeier

In complex systems, the whole is greater than the some of the parts. This explains why we get emergent properties.
For the above reason these lyrics moved me.

Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know

These lyric moved me. Are you the poet dear Fay. I couldn't tell from your comment. I revisited your referenced post,but still couldn't tell.

If you are the poet I tell you your lows and highs are greater than your sum.

Fay Vietmeier 9 h ago · #41

@Ned McDonnell
Due to something you said ... I was promoted to share this encouragement
See yourself as God sees you: as “more than a conqueror”

Believe what God says about you

“You Say ~ Lauren Daigle

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, Lord You say that I am Yours
And I believe
What You say of me
I believe

more in my post

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Fay Vietmeier 9 h ago · #40

#38 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
I am certainly open to writing a poem with one of the "best of bees" @John Rylance
... another bee-adventure ;~)

Our anthology:
The Poetic-Professor & the Well-Spring Spirit Bee
... will unfold in its own time ...
just as you can't manufacture love ... or solutions
you can't rush creativity

Regarding bees who have been MIA ... and missed
@Tausif Mundrawala
and Oswaldo

His comments appear to all be deleted ... how can that be?

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Fay Vietmeier 10 h ago · #39

#38 @David Navarro López
I am so uplifted to see your RICH comment here ... such wisdom (I hope to quote you in a future post ;~)

I will share with you that in my "pearl-holder" of posts (drafts in process) I pulled up a post I'd been working on last year and you were quoted there ... it was about ideas too ;~)

Here is the quote:
"Do ideas germinate in our minds or hearts or even in both of them" …The question is what are these ideas good for…Are these ideas enhancing us/our environment, or enslaving us? ~David Navarro Lopez

Coincidence ... I think not ;~)

You have been in my thoughts & prayers along with all my bee-friends

Regarding the "pearl-holder"
Not sure if you caught this tribute to our dear Professor ... not "Poetic-Professor"
"The Pearl-holder and the field of bees"

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#37 @Fay Vietmeier

You bring to my mind an idea my dear fay. It is that you @John Rylance co-author a poem. You know it shall be a hit.
Both of you know how to "play with words", both of you write "smiling comments" and both of you have the heart of a poem.
Mentioning poetry just reminded me of dear @Debasish Majumder, He hasn't been around lately.

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Fay Vietmeier 10 h ago · #37

@Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I LOVE the way your mind thinks my dearest Professor ;~)
Your wings are a little tired not because of me, but because you keep soaring higher and higher.
... many THANKS ;~)

Regarding your last comment #35 ... I did not realize the error (to John Hunter)
This was intended for @John Rylance

"Juicy" just brings to mind: gum ... grapes and gossip
@Ken Boddie who loves alliteration as does this bee ;~)

"Space Invaders will be spat at" ... love the title
I did not Google the drama

Being "spat on"
The title drives home how broken human nature will reject & resist what is "alien" unknown ... new ideas ... new thinking ... even revolutionary
I often ponder ... with sadness ... this is the reality of how Christ was received ;~) ... "spat at" by the many ...
"In the fullness of time ...he came to His own ... but His own knew Him not"

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