User-Based Free Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Free innovation is a tightly constrained subset of commons-based peer production , - also known as open, collaborative innovation. In contrast, while free innovation has potentially important economic impacts, it’s fundamentally not about money.

innovating with pkm

Harold Jarche

This chapter proposes that the connection between innovation and learning is evident. We cannot be innovative unless we integrate learning into our work. How do I make sense of changing conditions and new knowledge?

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What is innovation?

Harold Jarche

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people. “An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations.” An Innovation Process?

The Evolution of American Capitalism - Tweaks, Reforms, or Wholesale Change?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But a t a time of growing public discontent about rising inequality, heightened competition from economies with different models, and existential threats including from climate change, capitalism in its current form - and American capitalism in particular - may face its most serious test.”.

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AI Technologies Are Fundamentally Changing How Work Gets Done

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The expanded scope will change the value employers place on tasks, and the types of skills most in demand.”. The data set generated by these methods provides much more detail about the changes in tasks within jobs and in skill requirements than traditional survey data.

The Current State of Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In January, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published Open Innovation Results : Going Beyond the Hype and Getting Down to Business, his fourth book on innovation in the last two decades. Chesbrough is adjunct professor and faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He’s credited with coining the term open innovation in his 2003 book of the same title. Business model innovation.

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) released the results of a new study, ARISE II: Unleashing America’s Research & Innovation Enterprise. The study examined the current state of US research and innovation; looked at the role of its key players: academia, industry, and government; and proposed a set of recommendations to better address the highly complex challenges we face in the 21st century information economy.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The recent New Yorker article, - The Disruption Machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong , - by Harvard history professor Jill Lepore , has led to a flurry of opinions on disruptive innovation. The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.” Others called it an “absolutely devastating takedown of disruptive innovation,” a concept that Lepore said is a “competitive strategy for an age seized by terror.”

Disruptive Innovation

Clark Quinn

I recently came across a document (PDF) about disruptive innovation based upon Clayton Christensen’s models, which I’d heard about but hadn’t really penetrated. This one was presented around higher education innovation (a topic I’ve some familiarity with ;), so it provided a good basis for me to explore the story. The model’s premise is that disruption requires two major things: a technology enabler and a business model innovation.

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published a very good report - The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation. Recent technology and social connectivity trends have created a perfect storm of opportunity for companies to embrace the power of cloud to optimize, innovate and disrupt business models,” is the study’s overriding conclusion. . According to the report “cloud empowers six potentially game changing business enablers”: .

Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the pace of technological change, we tend to think of our age as the most innovative ever. These innovations, first developed in the late 19th and early 20th century, have long been transforming the lives of billions. Innovation may be hitting a wall of diminishing returns. In a 2009 paper, The Burden of Knowledge and the ‘Death of the Renaissance Man’: Is Innovation Getting Harder? It further suggests that the very nature of innovation is changing.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Disruptive innovation was first introduced by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen in a 1995 Harvard Business Review (HBR) paper co-written with Joseph Bower. The concept was further elaborated and popularized in Christensen’s 1997 bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma , and in the articles and books he’s written or co-authored since then. 20 years after its introduction, Christensen has revisited his original concept in What is Disruptive Innovation? ,

bias thwarts innovation

Harold Jarche

I was even asked to change the title, something that has never happened before. One example is a pharmaceutical journal interview with Céline Schillinger, whom I know through social media and the Change Agents Worldwide community of practice. Because of conservatism, fear of change, unconscious bias or ‘biased processes’, a narrow archetype of male leader gets favoured over every other talent. Innovation requires diversity. Innovation is in a state of perpetual beta.

Competencies and Innovation?

Clark Quinn

I believe that we want to find ways to support organizations moving in the direction of innovation and learning cultures. Let me make the case for competencies and innovation. This included (in addition the more traditional activities) looking at how to foster innovation. This means understanding culture and the change processes to get there, as well as knowing how to run meetings that get the best outputs. The post Competencies and Innovation?

changing patterns of connectedness

Harold Jarche

The populist wave around the world is evidence that this will not succeed if it is not truly participatory, allowing different voices to come to the table, and to negotiate healthier deals, creating an economy that is more innovative, sustainable, and inclusive. ” “Change occurs not so much as a result of new information leading to individual learning but when the patterns of connectedness between individuals change.”

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A lot of the time there’s too much talk about ‘it’s been this way the last 20 years’ or ‘the future is going to change dramatically’. Phil Hill Summary notes from the presentation at from at the World Conference on Online Learning , Toronto. Slides: [link] We forget about the perspective of time. Let’s look at 2011-2017. Thrun was saying (2012) 50 years from now there will only be ten institutions delivering higher education. This was the perfect example of hype not helping the industry.

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Disruptive Innovations and Organizational Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In these seminars, I examine how companies can leverage disruptive innovations to go after new business opportunities or to significantly transform themselves. Many companies fail to adequately embrace a disruptive innovation not because they did not develop the right strategy, but because the strategy was essentially rejected by the organization, and was thus doomed to fail from its very beginning. There are many reasons why disruptive innovations fail.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. They’ve both gone on to change the world, - to say the least. In addition to developing standards and organizing promotional activities, these various organization make available open source implementations of their software releases, thus encouraging collaborative, open innovation. It’s too early to know if the blockchain will become another major transformational innovation.

The 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2016, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). The IIC believes that Inclusive Innovation is an economic and moral imperative, and that the key question of our era isn’t what technology is going to do to our economy and society, but what we will do with technology. Asia - Plastics for Change.

Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me now discuss the more recent report published earlier this year, which examined the changes in skills required of human workers over the next 10-15 years. To do so, the study analyzed how the total number of hours worked in 25 different skill areas has changed between 2002 and 2016 and estimated the expected change in hours worked by 2030. I’ll focus my discussion on the US skill changes, as the European changes were similar.

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The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

About three years ago, MIT launched the Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), a major effort focused on the broad changes brought about by the relentless advances of digital technologies. As i ts website explains: “While digital technologies are rapidly transforming both business practices and societies and are integral to the innovation-driven economies of the future, they are also the core driver of the great economic paradox of our time.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation? To help come up with breakthrough, real-world answers to these tough questions, IDE launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) last year. We created the Inclusive Innovation Challenge to recognize and reward the many amazing people and organizations that are working to accomplish this mission.”

The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge

John Hagel

But that mismatch has the potential to become much more significant over the decades ahead, driven by dynamic forces that are rapidly changing the global business landscape, something that I’ve called the “Big Shift.”. The changing nature of supply and demand. In the face of this accelerating pace of change, our educational system is not keeping up, so we have a growing imbalance between the output of our educational system and the jobs that are available.

adapting to constant change

Harold Jarche

The future of [human] work is perpetual beta : adapting to constant change while still getting things done. “Basically: technological innovation and artificial intelligence are going to accelerate at a pace we’ve yet to really comprehend. The human work of tomorrow will not be based on competencies best-suited for machines, because creative work that is continuously changing cannot be replicated by machines or code. More diverse communities can be more innovative.

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Innovation on the cusp: symbiosis

Dave Snowden

Over the last year I’ve been starting sessions with my use of Apex Predator theory to combine Moore’s Crossing the Chasm with Clayton Christensen’s ideas of disruptive innovation and various uses of S-Curves. A lot of innovation is making people aware of the different ways of thinking and this is one successful one. Both methods sit on the cusp of a change in context. The post Innovation on the cusp: symbiosis appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

Disruptive Innovations and Organizational Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In these seminars, I examine how companies can leverage disruptive innovations to go after new business opportunities or to significantly transform themselves. Many companies fail to adequately embrace a disruptive innovation not because they did not develop the right strategy, but because the strategy was essentially rejected by the organization, and was thus doomed to fail from its very beginning. There are many reasons why disruptive innovations fail.

Waxing Lyrical On Leadership, Engagement, Purpose & Innovation

Dan Pontefract

The fine folks at Learnnovators conducted an interview with me recently, where I spouted off on aspects of leadership, engagement, purpose and innovation. I don’t believe in Holacracy or other foolish organizational models that want to rid the organization of hierarchical structure, but the behavior of leadership itself must change. How would you like to change this scenario in today’s connected world of self-organized workers? What role does innovation play in L&D?

The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects,” is the title of the lead article in a comprehensive review of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a r ecent issue of The Economist. IoT promises to bring many benefits, including a whole new generation of innovative products. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

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Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies. Its lead article defined the term as: “somebody who offers an innovative solution to a (frequently unrecognised) problem. Startups are generally organized around one central innovation.

Innovation and National Security in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Countries that can harness the current wave of innovation, mitigate its potential disruptions, and capitalize on its transformative power will gain economic and military advantages over potential rivals,” was the top finding of the Innovation and National Security Task Force which was commissioned by the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) to assess the current state of US technological innovation. US decades-old leadership in innovation and R&D is now at risk.

Serverless Computing - An Innovative Approach to Software Development

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was reminded of Siegele’s decade-old article when recently learning about another, relatively new, IT innovation, - serverless computing , - a name that connotes the increasingly disembodied nature of computing. Cloud is now an integral part of a company’s IT strategy, grounded in the day-to-day nuts and bolts of implementing change. you’ll probably need to change your code (e.g., Cloud Computing Innovation Services Innovation Technology and Strategy

The Innovation of Loneliness

Luis Suarez

Gary Hamel calls it “ changing the way we change “ I call it growing-up , although my notion of growing-up is a completely different kind of growing-up than the one Euan Semple blogged about just recently as well. Collaboration Communities Fun Stuff and Musings General Interest Innovation Learning Life Open Business

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was asked to talk about the organizational challenges that companies generally face when embracing disruptive innovations like those being developed by ID3. Given that I had 15 minutes for my introductory remarks, I distilled them into three key points: the need for a clear, compelling strategy that the whole organization can rally around; the management of disruptive innovation initiatives; and the importance of top-down leadership and support.

Organizational Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Almost seventy years ago, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter popularized the term creative destruction to describe the process of transformation that accompanies disruptive innovation. In Schumpeter's vision of capitalism, innovative entry by entrepreneurs was the force that sustained long-term economic growth, even as it destroyed the value of established companies that enjoyed some degree of monopoly power.

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The corporate research lab has radically changed over the past several decades. As technologies and markets changed, most such labs declined in importance over the next twenty years. But, they are being reincarnated in our 21st century information economy as market-facing innovation labs, with significantly different and broader scopes than those of the original industrial economy research labs. Then around the mid-late 1980s it all started to change.

The 2016 MIT Inclusive Innovation Awards

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several months ago, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC). Instead of competing on creating the most advanced technologies or compelling startups, the IIC is focused on innovations aimed at improving the economic opportunities of middle- and low-income earners around the world. Let me close by explaining why I feel particularly proud to be associated with the Inclusive Innovation Competition.

innovation means learning at work

Harold Jarche

“So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. The one constant is that you have to be open to change and new points of view. Innovation is continuous. Successful innovators and entrepreneurs all embrace change and the risks that they pose. In fact, innovation is the poster child of the mantra that there are no rules. Innovation and Learning. Innovation at Work. Innovation

Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the Square technology is very cool indeed, Davidoff’s key point is the ordinary nature of the innovation in question. The deal not only has the potential to change the way people pay for coffee and everything else, it also shows how small innovation applied to everyday tasks may be the next new thing for venture capital. Call it the rise of the ordinary innovators. Such major lab-based disruptive technologies are at one end of the innovation spectrum.

Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the pace of technological change, we tend to think of our age as the most innovative ever. These innovations, first developed in the late 19th and early 20th century, have long been transforming the lives of billions. Innovation may be hitting a wall of diminishing returns. In a 2009 paper, The Burden of Knowledge and the ‘Death of the Renaissance Man’: Is Innovation Getting Harder? It further suggests that the very nature of innovation is changing.

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. The change pressures that exist now are not ones that the existing higher education model can ignore. This is the alpha agent in change.

innovation in perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

The perpetual beta working model tries to show how work and learning are related as we negotiate various types of networks to get new ideas, test them out, and innovate how we work. A 2005 article on Network Structure & Innovation by Steve Borgatti defined two types of innovation networks based on the need for either individual creativity or interactive creativity. In our work teams we can focus on incremental innovation, to get better at what we already do.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Clark Quinn

Is there an appetite for change in L&D? There really isn’t any burning desire for change, or willingness to move even if there is. And L&D could be also optimizing the ability of the organization to continually innovate. That was the conversation I’ve had with colleagues lately. And I have to say that that the answer is mixed, at best. The consensus is that most of L&D is comfortably numb.

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The change is here

Clark Quinn

For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. Now we’re seeing the evidence that the change has arrived. They are a wee bit old-school, however, as while they do discuss innovation throughout, it isn’t a core focus and their definition of learning doesn’t include informal learning. The world’s changing, and L&D needs to adapt.

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