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10 Things You Should Know About Water

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10 Things You Should Know About Water

We trawled the internet and have found 10 Things You Should Know About Water, some interesting facts and some just plain odd.

As you woke up this morning I bet you never considered how important water is to your daily routine. As you flush the toilet, clean your hands, brush your teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head off to work (with your bottle of water in the car), you may never have realised how much water has played a part in that small part of your daily routine.

Starting with the basics:

1) WATER IS ELEMENTARY

Your science teacher would be proud of you if you remember that everything in this colourful world of ours is made of atoms, and even more proud of you if you can remember the chemical name for water is H2O.

Here’s the science: The smallest particle of an element is an atom (Oxygen or Hydrogen for example). Molecules are formed by atoms joining together. A water molecule has three atoms: two hydrogen (H2) atoms and one oxygen (O) atom.

2) WHERE CAN YOU FIND WATER?

Unless you are living in a dessert you will probably agree that the Earth is a very watery place. However, have you ever wondered exactly how much water there is on and above this wonderful planet of ours? Well – here are a couple of statistics to soak in….

a) 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water

b) 96.5% of all the Earth’s water is in our Oceans

c) Scientists estimate that one inch of rain falling over an area of one square mile is equal to 17.4 million gallons of water

So we have plenty of it, and boy do we need it!

3) DID YOU KNOW?

Water is the only mineral that is found naturally on Earth in three forms; liquid, gas and solid and that over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica!

4) THE WATER CYCLE

Water is constantly moving from one place to the next, in one form or another and this is known as the water cycle. Water exists in rivers, icecaps, lakes, glaciers, in the air, the ground (as moisture in the soil) and in aquifiers.

5) HOW MUCH WATER IS THERE IN YOUR BODY?

Water is so essential to our lives and it’s not surprising really when you realise that the average human body is really a skin wrapped sponge! The average adult body consists of around 60% water and is higher at around 75-78% for an infant.

Of course the composition of your body will vary due to gender and fitness levels as fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue.

If you are bored and want to know roughly how much water is in your body (just in case you spring a leak) do this simple calculation:

Your Body Weight (lbs) x 60% (or 76% for an infant) = lbs of water in your body
To convert lbs to gallons just divide by 8.4!
So for example: 175 x 0.6 = 105lbs of water or 12.5 gallons

6) 2 LITRES A DAY WILL KEEP YOU HYDRATED

With all that water in our body you can understand why we start to feel grumpy and less productive when we get dehydrated. As a rule we should consume around 8 glasses or around 2 litres of good quality drinking water to avoid dehydration during the day. The amount you will need each day of course depends on many factors including the temperature and how much activity you are involved in.

7) HOW MUCH WATER DO WE USE?

In an average household we use quite a bit of water, for example:

5 min Shower: 25 to 50 gallons
Flush a toilet: 2 – 7 gallons
Brushing your teeth: 2 gallons
Hand washing dishes: 20 gallons

In fact if you were to break down your day into your own water cycle this is where your water is being used….of course this is based on an average household day!

30%: Toilet flushing
21%: Personal washing – baths and taps
12%: Personal washing – showers
13%: Clothes washing
8%: Washing up
7%: Outdoor
5%: Other
4%: Drinking

8) ALMOST 95% OF YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT IS HIDDEN!

But that’s not where it ends; the household usage above demonstrates where our mains water goes. However, you may be surprised that nearly 95% of your water footprint is hidden. Where, you may ask? Well it’s hidden in the food you eat, the products you buy, the services you rely on and the energy you use.

9) SO ENJOY IT – DON’T WASTE IT!

So, if we are only drinking 4% of the water we use each day at home, let’s make sure that the water we do drink is of high quality, tastes great, is free from additives and so on…..hmm, now I wonder where you can find such a source?

Well, if you are stuck and want to learn more about the water that is available – we’ve found Martin Reise and yes – he is a water expert. Not just an expert though, in fact he is a Water Sommelier and currently sells one of the most expensive bottles of water in the world. His diamond edition costs $100,000 and has 650 white diamonds and 250 black diamonds on the bottle and is sold in LA.

10) WATER BARS

Fancy a tipple? If you are out at night and your local Eden Springs office is shut, where do you head to? A water bar of course!

The Sunday Times and Evening Standard have recently reported on Britain’s first water bar.
“Opening in Selfridges in London the bar, which will be located in the accessory hall, will serve a variety of water brands for those who want to enjoy the basic refreshment.” and “It is thought the flagship store will consult “water sommeliers” to put together the bar’s menu”

This refreshingly new concept is due to launch later in 2016.

We’re proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Now

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We’re proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Now – the UK’s largest breast cancer charity who are dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease. Breast Cancer Now believe that if we all act now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

A message from Breast Cancer Now:

We’re determined to stop women dying from breast cancer. By discovering the causes of the
disease, we’ll find ways to prevent it. By improving early detection and diagnosis, we’ll give everyone the best chances of survival. By developing effective new treatments for every type of breast cancer, we’ll make sure more women are treated successfully. And by learning to stop the disease in its tracks and control breast cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body, we’ll stop it taking lives.

Get involved by raising money at the London to Cambridge bike ride this Sunday 3rd July:

Starting in Pickett’s Lock in north London the London to Cambridge Bike Ride takes you 60 miles up through the Hertfordshire and Cambridge countryside finishing up on Midsummer Common in the heart of Cambridge.

You will be greeted with a festival like atmosphere filled with music, refreshments and a chance to have a well-earned massage.

So whether you’re an individual or part of a team, a pro or an enthusiast, grab your helmet and cycle to help raise vital funds for living saving breast cancer research.

We will be providing a special order of 1,700 sport bottles of Eden water to support the cyclists and the supporters on the day. Good luck all from the team here at Eden Kafevend – we hope you enjoy the water!

Enhance Creativity and Boost Productivity in the Workplace

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The modern employee sees employment as an ‘experience’ more than a ‘pay-check.’ They want to be offered choice in how, when and where they work. Many employees work independently as well as collaborating with others, they work at desks, on the move, between 9-5 and outside of these hours.

Companies and organisations who have adapted to meet the needs of the modern employee are prospering. By simply taking time to understand the employee mind-set and considering employee wellbeing you too can enhance creativity and boost productivity.

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Undertake ‘random acts of wildness’ throughout the month

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Biophilia

Undertake ‘random acts of wildness’ throughout the month. This June the Wildlife Trust are challenging people to find their inner wildness and to undertake ‘random acts of wildness’ throughout the month. These acts could include something as simple as making and wearing a daisy chain necklace, putting out a bird feeder in your garden or something more dramatic such as testing your survival skills and spending the night under the stars out in the wild.

There are many reasons why we should try and reconnect with nature and channel our inner wildness, not least because a study conducted by the University of Derby concluded that an increased connection with nature can result in greater feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Also spending more time outdoors is undoubtedly good for our health and fitness, and helps us to appreciate and therefore be more likely to help with the growing need for nature conservation. Lucy McRobert, the campaign manager for the 30 days wild initiative said “The results of our study show that taking part in 30 Days Wild makes people happier, healthier, and more connected to nature in the long term.”

Dr Miles Richardson, head of psychology at the University of Derby, who carried out the study said that the study results backed up the idea that a connection with nature could reduce demand on the NHS; “Even in urban areas, nature can provide a simple solution to complex problems.”
It’s easy to feel a complete disconnect with nature when sitting in an office, breathing in artificial air and surrounded by technology, but armed with the knowledge that experiencing nature is so beneficial, here are some ways in which to participate with 30 Days Wild from your office.

1.Hold Meetings outside

Escape from the stuffiness of the boardroom and arrange to engage in meetings in the fresh air instead. If there is nowhere suitable at your place of work then find a nearby park. Being outside in the fresh air and surrounded by greenery will give you an instant mood boost and encourage creativity. It is now widely accepted that children benefit from having lessons and learning outdoors, so it follows that adults will reap those same benefits too.

2.Use Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is the practice of using natural elements to enhance buildings. A global study into the impact of office design, which collected data from 7600 workers in 16 countries found that those who worked in spaces that incorporated green or other natural elements reported a 15% increase in wellbeing compared to other participants, and were 6% more productive, and 15% more creative overall. Ways in which you can easily incorporate biophilic design into your own office might be introducing plants (the more the better), relying less on artificial light, and painting walls natural colours.

3.Get back to nature with an office day out

Instead of the clichéd social events at work which normally include alcohol and dancing (and then, let’s face it, often embarrassment and regret the morning after), organise a day out somewhere green. The potential activities are endless, hiking, geocaching, den building and learning a woodland craft are to name but a few. This would undoubtedly promote good team building, would be a fun and healthy way to socialise all whilst connecting to nature.

It’s not too late to sign up for 30 Days Wild, sign up at wildlifetrust.org – 30 Days Wild for more ideas and try to incorporate some wildness into your personal life too-grrrrrr!!

The Benefits of Life in the Office

5 Must Get Productivity Apps for Business

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Productivity Apps

5 Must Get Productivity Apps

Perk up your work with these 5 Must Get Productivity Apps for Business…

When searching for an app which will benefit your business and ultimately make your life easier, the sheer number available can be overwhelming. Facing so much choice can be off putting, and what starts out as a task designed to save you time and effort in the long run, can actually turn into an uphill struggle which can put you off completely.

Never fear, we have done the donkey work, and sifted through the hundreds of apps available to bring you our top five productivity apps which are guaranteed to make your working life easier!

1.Evernote

Evernote gives you the ability to create digital notebooks for everything from managing your calendar and keeping track of your expenses to creating presentations. In order to take full advantage of everything this innovative app has to offer, add lots of notebooks, for example take pictures on your smart phone of notes you have jotted down during meetings, add them to a notebook and they will be easily accessible at a later date. Gone will be the days when you would have been frantically searching your desk drawers for that scrap of paper with all those important scribbling jotted on it. You can be smug in the knowledge that those oh so important notes are safely stored in your digital notebook! Thanks Evernote!

https://evernote.com/download/

2.Letterspace

Letterspace is a fantastic note taking app which utilizes hashtags to organise your scribblings into a streamlined, easy to use interface. Superior editing features also make this a must for people in business. Antiquated shorthand will be a thing of the past with this clever app. Letterspace we salute you! #brilliant!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letterspace-swipe.-edit.-note./id879516377?mt=8

3.Humin

Humin, an indispensable networking app allows you to keep track of business contacts and connections. It remembers details such as how and where you met somebody, which means you don’t have to worry about remembering these details at a later date, or suffer an excruciatingly embarrassing meeting with a business contact who you ought to know but you just can’t quite remember why!

Humin also combines your contacts, dialing and voicemail in order to work out who your most important contacts are. Indispensable!

https://humin.com/products/humin/

4.1Password

It has never been more important to protect your passwords and keep login details secure when there seems to be increasingly regular data leaks. 1Password is an absolute must have as it manages your web logins and other sensitive information in an incredibly user friendly package. This app will take away security anxiety and ensure that if you experience password amnesia you won’t have to go through the laborious task of resetting your login details.

https://1password.com/

5.bambam!

bambam! Is an excellent project managing app which we think ranks among the best in its field.

We like this project management tool because it doesn’t have the complicated interface you get with the likes of MS Project. bambam is self-intuitive and has some great features that allow users to connect and share their project information, send messages to team members, upload files, track project timelines and basically collaborate better.

bambam is quick and easy to set up and is low cost. The flexibility and customisation functions are great. You really are in control of your projects with bambam and we particularly liked the instant messaging – allowing you to touch base on projects and share ideas.

https://www.dobambam.com/

How to Build Better Customer Relationships

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Build Better Customer Relations

Build Better Customer Relations

Ever wondered how to build better customer relationships, well here’s 5 invaluable tips…

When it comes to building a successful and profitable business, making and maintaining good customer relationships is absolutely key. Forging excellent customer connections now will pay dividends in the future when your company receives recommendations and new business as a result of past positive interactions.

Consult our guide below to inspire you and your colleagues to strive for and benefit from developing good customer relations.

  1. Network, network and network some more!

    Good networking is crucial in business and developing and constantly creating new networks is a long term investment that requires hard work. Any contacts you have could be potential clients or lead you to new customers. Therefore your network could include anybody from existing colleagues right through to family friends and everyone in between. Adding value to relationships with your contacts will pay off and lead to business.

  2. Positive and frequent communication.

    Following on from the need to network, it is crucial for any thriving business to realise that in order to reap maximum reward from your network, communication has to be a regular thing. Customers, potential or existing won’t remember you next time if you fail to follow up after initial contact. It is imperative to stand out from your competitors so that when for example a contact is in need of what your business sells they remember you and what you have to offer. This can be achieved by sending out frequent newsletters for example, or by having regular events which these contacts can attend.

  3. E-mail Campaigns are cheap and effective.

    E-mail marketing is an extremely cost effective way of maintaining contact with your customers. For just a few pence per customer you can send news letters or carefully targeted campaigns that will ensure you stay fresh in their minds. For even better results, also use social media to engage your customers. Using social media is an excellent way to encourage and achieve regular interactions with consumers. The key to the success of having a strong social media presence as a business is that customers feel that they are having a more personal and two way relationship with you, so do invest in this.

  4. Reward loyal customers.

    Studies in business show that the most profitable customers are repeat customers. It is essential that as a business you ensure you are doing enough to encourage repeat business. To facilitate this you should stay in touch and offer something in return for their time and custom. Consider creating a loyalty scheme or organise events for existing customers to attend where they are made to feel valued. Be aware that if you fail to keep in touch with past and existing clients a competitor will!

  5. Happy customers make excellent salespeople on your behalf.

    If a customer is happy with your business and you have given them a great customer experience they are highly likely to sing your praises and recommend you to new and potential customers. These new customers will have been effectively generated for free meaning that time and energy invested in developing positive relationships is time well spent.

Remember – it is easier to look after your existing clients than to win new ones!

7 Healthy Snacks to Eat at Your Desk

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healthy-office-snacksWhen those mid-morning hunger pangs strike, or you start suffering from the inevitable afternoon slump, do you reach for a healthy snack to sustain and nourish you, or do you gorge on sugary food and drinks for that quick sugar high which is then quickly followed by another slump in energy? Making wise snack choices whilst at work not only gives us a sustained energy boost, they can also help concentration and focus whilst also contributing to a healthy diet in general. Try our suggestions below for healthy snacks to eat at your desk for some energy and mood boosting not to mention tasty snacks.

1. A handful of almonds

Almonds really do pack a powerful nutritional punch. Not only are they a fantastic source of protein, they are also a source of healthy fat. They amazingly contain nine essential nutrients and are rich in Vitamin E. In fact, when compared to other nuts, Almonds contain the most protein and fibre. Thankfully they are tasty too!

2. Hummus with raw vegetables to dip

The humble chickpea, the main ingredient in traditional hummus certainly isn’t humble when it comes to its nutritional credentials! Chickpeas are a great source of calcium, iron, protein and fibre and as a consequence prevent blood sugar levels from rising to rapidly. Adding a variety of raw vegetables to dip only increases the benefits and taste of this option.

3. Yogurt

Although sadly many yogurts available on supermarket shelves are crammed full of sugar these days, natural unsweetened yogurt is a great option for a daytime snack. Natural yogurt contains good bacteria and probiotics which promotes gut health and a healthy digestive system. Natural yogurt also contains protein, calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium. What’s not to like!?

4. Apples and peanut butter

This may sound like an odd combination but give it a go-it’s delicious. The apple provides carbohydrates and fibre for a sustained energy release, whilst the peanut butter delivers healthy monounsaturated fat and protein which further controls spikes in blood sugar. Make sure for maximum health benefits that you pick unsweetened peanut butter such as Whole Earth award winning peanut butter. Yum!

5. A handful of mixed seeds

Brain boosting pumpkin seeds contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fat and are an excellent source of Omega-3 fats making them a great option for those who don’t regularly eat oily fish. They also provide heart healthy magnesium and immune boosting zinc. These powerful seeds certainly shouldn’t just be for Halloween only! Flax seeds are an excellent food to boost your fibre intake. They are also high in Omega-3. Recent studies suggest that consuming these wonder seeds can aid in keeping blood pressure within safe limits. Sunflower seeds are inexpensive yet still contain high levels of healthy fats and minerals such as magnesium, copper and manganese. Sunflower seeds also contain high levels of naturally occurring Vitamin E; a powerful antioxidant.

6. A healthy energy bar

We are certainly not advocating running out and buying just any old snack bar. As with yogurts above, the nutritional benefits of many of these bars are cancelled out by the amount of sugar that has been added. But if you look carefully, there are a new breed of bar available which not only taste great but also offer a guiltless boost to your diet. Look out for ‘Nakd Bars’ available at most supermarkets. Consisting of just raw fruits and nuts, these delicious bars offer excellent dietary benefits and also provide you with one of your five a day! Check out their website: www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk

7. Chocolate

No, you’re not dreaming! If eaten in moderation, dark chocolate can provide many health benefits; It is a powerful antioxidant which is packed full of beneficial minerals such as iron, zinc and selenium. Studies have shown that cocoa consumption (aim to eat chocolate that has a minimum of 70% cocoa solids to really reap the rewards), can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol whilst raising the levels of ‘good’ cholesterol in your blood which means potentially lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease. Chocolate is also good for the brain (this just gets better and better). Chocolate contains flavanols which are linked with a reduction of memory loss in older people and dark chocolate is also thought to encourage feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Go on treat yourself to a square or three! If this all sounds too good to be true, don’t take our word for it, read this article…http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/healthy-eating/chocolate-10-health-reasons-you-should-eat-more-of-it/

Giving the gift of clean water in Africa – Eden supports World Water Day

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World Water Day 2016

Uganda boreholes

Uganda boreholes

Each year the arrival of World Water Day on 22nd March is a positive reminder of the importance of water globally. It also raises awareness of the almost one billion people who don’t have access to safe water worldwide. So, we’re firm supporters of the initiative here at Eden Springs.

With water being central to our business, it’s important to us that we support projects throughout the year to bring clean water to those who need it most. We work with a carefully selected corporate charity partner – People Help People-One World – who helps communities in Central Africa, at a grassroots level, gain access to clean drinking water.
One project we’ve supported was the building of several clean water wells in the Wakiso district, which in turn is helping to improve access to drinking water for the area’s 1.4 million inhabitants – 70% of whom don’t have a source of clean water.

We are excited to announce our support of a second and new project for 2016. Through our association with the Carbon Neutral® organisation, Eden’s carbon neutral offsetting will lend support to another water infrastructure project in Sub-Saharan Africa.

About the project

Based primarily in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi, the project provides clean drinking water to small rural communities by repairing broken boreholes and drilling new ones. The boreholes are used as water wells by installing a vertical pipe casing and well screen which allows water to be extracted from the ground. Funds from the carbon offsetting pay for this activity, as well as ongoing maintenance to ensure they continue to operate.

Estimated to impact 3,000 children and 5,700 adults, the project is successfully reducing incidences of diarrhoea and fatalities in the local communities and, importantly, freeing up the time women and children used to have to spend collecting water located hours away.
It’s often the case that in many communities health, education, income and general development is negatively impacted due to a lack of water. So, providing access to clean water has a wealth of benefits.

World Water Day has our full backing and we all need to be playing our part in helping ensure safe water year-round.

To find out more about our charity partnership and our carbon offsetting, visit our website.

 

Raising Awareness of Clean Water: World Water Day 2016

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World Water Day 2016

Uganda Boreholes

World Water Day 2016

Every March 22nd since 1993 the United Nations has celebrated World Water Day, with the sole purpose of raising awareness of the importance of this vital natural resource. The occasion is a time to bring water to the forefront of our minds and shine a light on those across the globe who need it most.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is better water, better jobs. It’s aiming to highlight the power water has to transform people’s lives. The United Nations (UN) states that 1.5 billion people, that’s around half of the world’s workforce, work in water-related sectors. Nearly all jobs depend on water in some way though this is not often recognized. Here’s some examples:

• 40% of the global economically-active population work in crop and animal production, fisheries or hunting. Yet, only 20% are employed as waged workers, according to the World Bank.

• In terms of agriculture, which represents 70% of freshwater withdrawals worldwide, a farmer’s job is heavily dependent on water, from managing the available resource, addressing groundwater depletion, climate change and water scarcity.

• In some communities, including many in Africa, women and children have to walk for hours to collect safe water. This is a demanding job that is not recognised as such or paid. It’s important this changes to help empower and improve the lives of women.

So, whether it’s the presence of water, its quality or its quantity, it’s easy to see how it has such a significant impact on workers across the globe. It’s certainly time to shine a light on the topic this World Water Day –better water, better jobs. Show your support by visiting the website and learning more.
Water sits at the very heart of the Eden business, so this year’s theme really resonates with us. We are proud supporters of projects to provide clean water to communities in need in Africa and we’ll be telling you more about these in an upcoming blog.

Lacking Creativity – If you’re looking to improve your creative output then this list is for you. Some of these hints and tips may seem surprising, but give them a go and unleash your creative side.

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Switching the brain on

1. A tired brain is more creative.

At first glance this seems very odd but allow me to explain! Creativity springs from allowing our minds to be free to wander and explore what may seem like unrelated thoughts. In contrast when we need to solve problems or be analytical our brain needs complete focus which can only be achieved when we are wide awake and at our optimum. A tired brain finds it difficult to filter distractions but creativity benefits from distractions and random thinking.

2. Exercise for creativity.

Exercise is good for us for a myriad of reasons and a recent study shows that it is beneficial for creativity.

“Sweat is like WD-40 for your mind-it lubricates the rusty hinges of your brain and makes your thinking more fluid. Exercise allows your conscious mind to access fresh ideas that are buried in your subconscious.”

Psychology Today-Christopher Bergland-The Neuroscience of Imagination

3. Creativity flows in ambient noise.

Silence is useful for sharpening our focus but creative thinking thrives in ambient noise (think buzz of your favourite café), which promotes expansive thoughts and fresh ideas.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

4. Creativity is not necessarily original.

Coming up with new ideas can be scary and put us under enormous pressure. Actually often generating new ideas comes from making connections between ideas that already exist.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.” Steve Jobs

5. Travel to promote creative thinking.

A study has shown that amongst a group of university students, those who travelled abroad rather than just staying on campus scored better on creative thinking tests. This could be explained because when we travel to different countries we experience different cultures and traditions which is bound to broaden our thinking.

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Dim Lighting

6. Dim lighting encourages a sense of freedom.

Research shows that dim lighting increases creativity. This is due to our subconscious feeling more free to explore; “…darkness elicits a feeling of being free from constraints and triggers a risky, explorative processing style.”

7. Mess can enhance creativity.

Check out this research…which proves beyond reasonable doubt that having a messy desk can lead to more creative thinking! Wonderful news for a messy person like myself but perhaps not so with your hyper organised tidy boss, still at least you can legitimately argue the case for messiness now!

Reference: We have used this article by Belle Beth Cooper  for inspiration: Creativity Methods For More Ideas –  Take a look at her full article