I thought he said it well, when Mike prefaced a conversation by explaining:
- I'll share my thoughts so they can cross-pollinate with yours.
Another friend refers to ideas copulating - Mike's term is less distracting and every bit as clear.
It helps to know what someone hopes you'll do with what they say. In Mike's case, he was speaking with the intention of inspiring new ideas that belong to us both. And that's what happened.