Someone who has a lot of ideas and different (efficient/productive) approaches in dealing with various situations. Someone who always comes up with some/another different, unexpected way for doing/approaching things/situations. Often with interesting and/or beneficial results. I am not looking for a "dreamer". Though, this imaginative person may often, easily, "switch" between realistic and fictional topics (and mix them together as well.)

  • "Innovative" comes to mind for me first. Jun 2 '14 at 17:19
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    The act is "out of the box thinking", the person..."creative, innovative, ingenious" ?
    – P. O.
    Jun 2 '14 at 17:20
  • Isn't "out of the box thinking" the same as being open-minded/tolerant? But, open-mindedness doesn't have to imply someone is creative and has a lot of new (either realistic or fictional) ideas.
    – user76935
    Jun 2 '14 at 17:24
  • "Renaissance man" comes to mind - though it doesn't imply innovation as much as expertise and interest in an eclectic range of fields.
    – njboot
    Jun 2 '14 at 17:36
  • I like the historical touch to "Renaissance man" (sounds a bit like "Rain man" too :p)
    – user76935
    Jun 2 '14 at 17:40

I would say the person can think outside the box. Or you could call them right-brained.

And a more formal term that could not only describe the person but also describe their ideas and plans would be ingenious.

having or showing an unusual aptitude for discovering, inventing, or contriving

an ingenious detective : marked by originality, resourcefulness, and cleverness in conception or execution

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    Isn't right-brained only someone who uses the "right" side of his brain?
    – user76935
    Jun 2 '14 at 17:56
  • What about when he uses a lot of imagination around the knowledge and facts of his "left" side of the brain? It's not that he only thinks creatively, without using the left side of his brain ;-)
    – user76935
    Jun 2 '14 at 17:57
  • @user76935 - being right-brained means that you are a creative risk-taker that may push the envelope more than your left-brained brethren. People can be considered very smart/genius and be labeled left or right-brained. The phrase is showing the strength or dominance. Jun 2 '14 at 18:00
  • So, it could be used for someone whose left -and right brain work efficiently and equally well? However, who may be noticed, mainly for his dominant and outstanding imagination?
    – user76935
    Jun 2 '14 at 18:10
  • @user76935 - Of course. Einstein was praised for his right-brained thinking (although he is so rare he might be praised for both sides). brillbaby.com/early-learning/right-brain-learning/… Jun 2 '14 at 18:15

A resourceful person is a definition used to indicate someone who is ingenious, capable and full of initiatives.


How about prolific, as in prolific mind?

prolific:: marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity

Alternately, consider effervescent, relentless brainstormer, endless font of ideas, and be a think tank all by oneself.

effervescent: marked by high spirits; vivacious

Al is an effervescent thinker who seems to have more ideas in a minute than most people have in a day.

GMA is a think tank all by herself.

brainstormer: one who brainstorms

brainstorm: an idea that someone thinks of suddenly

Sasser, who writes about her successes and challenges in the college writing classroom, is an endless font of ideas.

  • Is the whole expression "be a think tank all by oneself"? It's not correct to, just, use "think tank"?
    – user76935
    Jun 2 '14 at 20:55
  • Just for my subjective, fussy preference, "prolific thinker" sounds a bit too formal. More for a nobel prize winner or high doctor/professor (someone who has a built-up social status/reputation) or something?
    – user76935
    Jun 2 '14 at 20:56

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