Concept Garden - Software to grow your innovation!

by Billy Grierson in Perth

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Help me put an affordable toolkit of problem solving tools into the hands of solution seekers everywhere.

by Billy Grierson in Perth

The Problem with Problems

Every organisations is different, but there’s one key thing that unites them – they face problems on a daily basis. Some of those problems are huge, some are, relatively minor. Problems are just a fact of business and a fact of life.

As a result, solving problems is an activity that we all have to do. But problem solving isn’t just an activity, it’s a skill. There are good and bad ways of tackling a problem. Some people are naturally good at solving problems and thrive when faced with new challenges. Others struggle and don’t know where to begin.

And sometimes, very big problems are simply ignored. The easiest solution is to ignore it and hope it goes away. Spoiler alert – they very rarely go away!

What if there was a toolkit that guided people through a proven problem solving process?

That’s what I want to create and that’s why I need your help.

Who is Billy Grierson?

I’m Dr. Billy Grierson, but you can call me Billy. I’ve spent my career helping individuals and organisations solve complex problems. I’m a scientist at heart and that’s where my fascination for problem solving stems. I setup Perth Innovation to help more people solve more problems. That’s what drives me.

As a consultant I can only help so many people and the impact I can have is limited to those organisations that have a budget to work with me. I want to create an affordable problem-solving toolkit that’s puts the processes and practices I’ve developed over the last twenty years into the hands of more people.

That’s where the idea for the Concept Garden came from.

We’re now ready to move onto the next stage of our journey. And that’s where you come in. Software development of this kind is expensive. But I take a no compromise approach to this and everything I do. Your support will help me help more people.

The money is important, but I also want people that share my vision to come on this journey with me. I want them to help me make the product better. In short, I want them to shape the software.

The Concept Garden

The Concept Garden is a web based application that consists of a series of thinking tools. These are the tools I’ve developed and used throughout my career. For the first time ever, I’ve packaged them digitally in a way that guides you through the process. Think of it as a self-serve, on-demand, problem solving tool. Ideally, five stages are involved.

 Preparation: First, we start with the preparation. With gardening, we would have to prepare the ground but with problem solving, we have to fully understand what the problem is and why we want to solve it.
 Planting: Next, we would plant some seeds, which is when we start to conceive our first ideas. We would always plant many more seeds than we need and the same applies to idea generation – one definitely isn’t enough!
 Thinning: After our seeds start to grow, we would thin-out the plants to ensure the remainder have enough room to flourish. Similarly, once we have a number of ideas, it’s time to start looking at them more closely to identify the ones that will most likely lead to a viable solution.
 Growing: But it’s not enough to then just leave the plants alone, we have to support them as they grow. With our ideas, we must also nurture them into strong concepts that become long-term solutions.
 Harvesting: Finally, we would harvest our fully grown plants and present them to others as desirable items, such as fruit, vegetables or flowers. The same goes for our solutions. Even if it’s a ground-breaking concept, we still have to persuade other people that this is the most effective way to solve the problem.

Concept Garden will provide the tools and techniques for each stage of the problem solving process - we’ve covered it all!

Problem Space, PESTLE, Selection Criteria
Brainwriting, SCAMPER, Random Word/Picture, Challenge Assumptions
Simple Matrix, Scoping and Grouping, Matrix Evaluation, Pairwise Comparison
3 Hats, Virtual Implementation
Concept Memo, DOIT

What do other people have to say about it?

Using The Concept Garden tools, we’ve delivered a number of problem-solving workshops and training seminars to more than 500 people. Here is some of the feedback we have received:

Concept Garden training seminar.

“The Concept Garden approach was very systematic and I liked the way it told a story (prepare, plant, thin, grow, harvest) and the tools to use. The section on SCAMPER – the examples given were very good and I could easily relate to them. All in all, I thought the seminar was very good and I have come away armed with a number of tools and crib sheets that I can refer to in the future when resolving problems.”

Operational Value Improvement Project Officer at a major chemical company

Concept Garden problem-solving workshop

“Very structured tools for problem solving/idea generation. Solid results at the end of the workshop with high commitment of the team”

Business Area Innovation Manager at a European engineering company.

Surviving Brexit Workshop (Using some of the tools from The Concept Garden)

“I recently attended the “Surviving Brexit” workshop. It was incredibly useful as 80% of my clients are EU or Swiss based. The content was relevant and insightful and presented in an engaging and easily digestible fashion. It provided clarity about the current environment, helped me focus upon opportunities and motivated me to act. “

Customer Service Consultant and Coach

Who is the Concept Garden for?

The Concept Garden is for anyone that has a problem to solve. But it’s particularly powerful for –

     >Team leaders and managers of companies and organisations who face multiple problems everyday.

     >Entrepreneurs wrestling with tough decisions.

     >Learning and development organisations looking for a toolkit to support their own programmes.

     >Universities looking to equip their students with lifelong learning skills.

     >Coaching organisations and individual coaches that want to give their clients additional problem solving tools.

More information about Perth Innovation can be found on our website, Facebook page or on Billy's LinkedIn profile.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

For a GBP10 donation, as well as that warm feeling of having helped someone to realise their dream of helping others to realise their dreams, you will get regular newsletter updates on the progress of the development and the opportunity to give us your feedback on the direction of development.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

For a GBP20 pledge, we will send you an e-book covering the background to, and use of, the tools and techniques in The Concept Garden. Currently, this e-book is only available to participants on a Concept Garden training seminar.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

For a GBP30 pledge you will be added to our Supporters list. This is a unique opportunity to get access to the tools as they are developed and to give feedback. This feedback will be used to guide the direction of development to ensure that the final product is what users need.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

For a GBP50 pledge, you will get a 1-year licence for the completed version of The Concept Garden. This represents a 50% discount on the planned pricing.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

For a GBP75 pledge you will get the e-book AND a 1-year license AND will be added to our Supporters list, giving you access to early prototypes of each new tool as they are developed and the opportunity to guide development.

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

For a GBP100 pledge you can have a 1-hour consultation on any innovation topic with Dr Billy Grierson. Depending upon this location this can be by Skype, phone or in person. Perth Innovation typically charges £200 per hour for this type of consultation.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

For a GBP500 pledge, you will have the opportunity for a 1-day innovation consultation with Billy Grierson. The content of the day will depend upon your needs, but could be e.g. a one-day problem solving training workshop for up to 10 people. Please note, this reward is only available in the UK. Please note, this reward is restricted to the UK only.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

For a GBP1000 pledge, you will have the opportunity for a 1-day innovation consultation with Billy Grierson. The content of the day will depend upon your needs, but could be e.g. a one-day problem solving training workshop for up to 10 people. Please note, this reward is only available within mainland Europe. Please note, this reward is restricted to the Europe (excluding the UK) only.

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