What digital resources are available to support this phase?

Brainstorming Tools

Mind42.com - Collaborative mind mapping in your browser
Manage and share all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world - collaborative, browser-based and for free.
Brainstorming with educational account pricing. Edistorm takes the metaphor of sticky notes on a boardroom wall and brings it online allowing anyone - anywhere to brainstorm with only a web browser.
bubbl.us - free web application for brainstorming online
Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.You can Create colorful mind maps online and share and work on them with friends, embed your mind map in your blog or website, email and print your mind map and save your mind map as an image all for FREE!
AnswerGarden - Plant a Question, Grow Answers
AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. As people start posting their answers to your question, either by entering their own answers or by clicking on and submitting existing answers, your AnswerGarden will grow in the form of a word cloud.
Wallwisher.com :: Words that stick
Digital noticeboard - use for wonderwall activities, brainstorming, posting stimulus information, videos, links, images...

Idea Generation Tools

We Feel Fine / by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar
Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved. The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine's Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.
Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.Gapminder produces videos, Flash presentations and PDF charts showing major global development trends with animated statistics in colorful graphics.
10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time / by Jonathan J. Harris
10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time.
Phylotaxis / for Seed by Jonathan Harris
The individual beads of the Phylotaxis represent an ever-changing zeitgeist of science news in our world, populated automatically every few hours by a computer program that scours a slew of online news sources and blogs that focus on science. The Phylotaxis is therefore beyond human control, autonomously composing its own new identity, based on what's happening in the world of science.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Find articles on anything and everything...
FORA.tv - Videos on the People, Issues, and Ideas Changing the Planet
FORA.tv is the leading online destination for intelligent video programs on the people, issues, and ideas changing the world. We offer free, paid-membership, and fee-based video viewing of live events, lectures, and debates to a smart, deeply-engaged audience: you!

At FORA.tv, we believe that there are brilliant ideas expressed everyday, everywhere, and we don’t want you to miss them. We've gathered the web's largest collection of unmediated video drawn from top conferences, universities, and public forums. We present this provocative, big-idea content for you to watch, interact with, and share --when, where, and how you want.
Big Think
Big Think is a global forum connecting people and ideas. We believe that not all information is equal. We believe that expertise is invaluable and should be shared. If you had a heart problem and could afford the counsel of the world’s leading cardiologists, you would seek their advice. If you owned a business and wanted to expand into China or Russia, you’d want to hear from people who had already done that. If you planned to write a novel or a screenplay, you’d want to get pointers from the world’s leading writers. At Big Think, we put you in contact with the ideas of very smart people.

We do not believe that experts have all the answers. On many subjects deep thinkers disagree. We do believe that we will all make better decisions in our personal and professional lives if our thinking is informed by expert opinion


Other useful tools for the Launch Phase

PollDaddy - Online survey software
An online survey software that feeds data into powerful reporting systems to assist in informed decisions.
TASC: Thinking actively in a social context
Resources for active, problem based learning.