When you want to buy something from the store or via the internet you are entering an ecosystem that made it possible for you to obtain the item you are purchasing.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of people who work together (sometimes unknowingly) in a unique ecosystem that allows you to buy the things that you need and want. The same is true of ideas.
Any item you buy has taken a lot of steps to get to you.
Consider the person who delivered the package to you or to the store directly, they likely had to drive a truck to get the product from point A to point B. Then consider the pieces of that truck that allowed the delivery person to make that delivery, somebody had to create the tires and the frame and the engine of that truck.
Go even further, consider that somebody had to create a factory where the tires for that truck had to be built, and there was definitely somebody who created the walls of that factory, and somebody before them who had to create the materials for the walls of that factory.
When we do something as simple as purchase a product we owe it to a very large ecosystem of people and materials and tools that made it all possible.
Ideas are the same way, they come from a powerful ecosystem that uses hundreds of tools and references and materials.
A great ecosystem for ideas involves as many different thinking methods and tools as you can get. A notebook for ideas, a quiet environment, and creative strategies all help form a system where ideas can grow and form.
So think about this: do you have an ecosystem where ideas can come to you? What is the state of your creative ecosystem today?
Illustration via Frits Ahlefeldt‒Laurvig.