Types of ideas
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How do you organize ideas?”
“I organize them into types.
On a meta level, there’s three types of ideas:
- Descriptive Ideas – ideas that describe something about the world.
- Prescriptive/Directive Ideas – ideas that prescribe some behavior or course of action.
- Conceptual Ideas – the realm of abstractions.
On a practical level, there’s three more:
- Informational Ideas (Descriptive) – the realm of facts.
- Practical Ideas (Prescriptive, Conceptual) – ideas that have some kind of practical application.
- Reflectional Ideas – cryptic ideas that provide mental stimulation and can be a catalyst for insight.
And, finally, there’s three types of practical ideas:
- Idea-Tools (Conceptual) – ideas that can be used as tools.
- Actionable Ideas (Prescriptive) – ideas that clearly tell you what to do; the best ones also tell you how to do it.
- Inspirational Ideas (Priming) – ideas that inspire, motivate and remind you of what’s important.”
“So all these would fall into the conceptual category.”