Marc D. Baldwin, PhD
said 1 year, 4 months ago:
Read a lot. Talk to people. Ask questions.
Best tip: Pick an issue about which experts disagree. Think of the Hegelian dialectic: thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis. Make your angle/point/topic the synthesis (the new, not necessarily central or centrist or moderate position) of the arguing sides. Ideally a synthesis is a cobbling together and reformation in a new shape the theses and anti-theses of the arguing sides. I.E., make a fresh blend, a new recipe from the same old same old.
Easier said than done, but it’s an efficacious approach to take and it will make you an instant player and authority if you’re able to pull it off. There’s 1000′s of issues and problems (in almost every field and discipline) just waiting and begging for new intellects to curate them and mash them up into something new and potentially problem-solving.