Idea Management

Idea Bulb

"Good ideas are common - what's uncommon are people who'll work hard enough to bring them about." - Ashleigh Brilliant ° "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." - Howard Aiken

At CALI, we work on a lot of different projects.

  • CALI lessons / computer-assisted instruction
  • Distance learning
  • Ebooks
  • Open Access to the Law
  • Access to Justice
  • Classroom Tech
  • Community engagement and building

We do a lot of research at the intersections of technology, law, education and access to justice, but we have been remiss in capturing wisdom from these half-baked ideas.

Our project management system has a permanent list we call the “Project Idea Bucket” that holds our not-ready-for-prime-time ideas, and, just as relevant, we have a “Dead Idea Bucket.” So many things we work on have long histories. For example, CALI published ebooks back in 1994 using the Folio Views software.

Over the coming months, CALI staff (including myself) will be using the CALI Spotlight blog to describe their thoughts on ideas that go into the design, development, strategy and implementation of projects relating to our research in technology, law, education, and access to justice. The articles will be short, but we hope the shared insights will be useful to you. Even if you do not find every article interesting, the exercise of writing them is very useful to us. It’s one thing to have an idea, another to articulate it for an audience, and quite another to execute. Feel free to choose judiciously from our idea buffet, and, as always, your feedback is welcome.

John Mayer
Executive Director, CALI


About John Mayer

Executive Director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Follow me on Twitter @johnpmayer. Contact me via email at Call me at 312-906-5307.
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