Archive for September, 2005

2005 Interview Series #1: Richard Reilly

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Richard Reilly is not a scientist. He is an entrepreneur. He recently started a company This company is web-based and sells parts necessary for a home user to set up a biodiesel “refinary” in their home. This conversion technique is called “the appleseed process.” The biodiesel fuel can be used to run a diesel engine car or mixed up to 20% in home heating oil. Richard estimates that it costs approximately $0.70 per gallon to make biodiesel. This is a far cry from the approximately $3.00 people are currently paying at the pump.

Using the information above as well as your own interests and further research, compose appropriate, relevant questions to ask Mr. Reilly when he visits us on September 29. Questions should be conceptual, in-depth, and original (do not repeat other students’ questions). Post them here so we can share our ideas and thoughts.

Our interview will conclude with the “Big10.” . . . a series of questions based on The Pivot Questionnaire. You will probably recognize them as similar to the 10 questions James Lipton asks of his interviewees on the television program Inside the Actor’s Studio.

01. What is your favorite word?
02. What is your least favorite word?
03. What turns you on creatively?
04. Who has made the biggest impact on your life? (name and relation)
05. What is your favorite scientific word?
06. What sound or noise do you love?
07. What sound or noise do you hate?
08. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
09. What profession would you not like to do?

10. What phrase or message should all people know?

Problem Finding

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Having trouble finding a problem? You probably are focusing to narrowly. Try the Osborne-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process Manual.