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I like to start new things. My creative process is somewhat random, but here's one I often follow at Adventures: 1. Ideas will come to me, often when my brain is in the neutral position – for example, while running or in the shower. 2. Returning from a run, I'll quickly write them down …
By Seth Barnes

I like to start new things. My creative process is somewhat random, but here's one I often follow at Adventures:

1. Ideas will come to me, often when my brain is in the neutral position – for example, while running or in the shower.

2. Returning from a run, I'll quickly write them down on scraps of paper or in my journal. That happened today. I'd been tossing around the question, "How do we find the unsung heroes around the world who most need our help?" Four or five thoughts came to me as I was running, ideas that would be lost if I didn't capture them in my journal.

3. Mornings before going into the office are great for the next step – compiling the skeleton of a plan. Sometimes. this will show up first as an email to a coworker and then later recrafted into a Word doc.

4. On the phone or once I've arrived in the office, I might run the idea by a few coworkers to gauge their reaction. They then edit the document.

5. The first step in actually building a model or a prototype of the project is to look at people and resource requirements. If the new project interfaces with operations, we have to ensure that we're not being too disruptive.

6. From there we often go straight to marketing to guage our target market's interest and obtain feedback.

7. Then we keep iterating – making changes and gathering more data to improve our model.

Some projects currently in development

Center for Global Action – We expect about 20 for our first classes in September. We hope to double that number in January and double again next year. Tomorrow Randy Wallace, an expert in experiential learning, will train our course facilitators.

Kingdom Journeys – Goes on sale soon. I'll post details here on the blog. It's been a five-year project. Initial reviews have been very positive.

Guatemala base – This just showed up on the radar screen this month. A World Race squad is going to develop it next month. Please pray for us.

Sustainable Farming Training Center – Will launch on a demonstration farm in Harrisburg, PA in 2013. Still in development with a friend and partner.

I love working in an environment where ideas have a chance to germinate and grow. I believe that God is looking for people he can trust with his dreams. More than anything, my ambition is to be such a person.

When was the last time you started something? What process did you follow?

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