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.

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?


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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.

continuous learning for collaboration

Harold Jarche

Team collaboration tools support the real social learning at work. One of the primary reasons to promote learning at work is because it is directly linked to innovation. Insights lead to innovation, which is not so much about having ideas as it is about connecting and nurturing ideas. When we remove artificial boundaries, we enable innovation. The connection between innovation and learning is evident. How can I collaborate better? Team collaboration.

The Science of Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation - identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity - has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since its inception.” Thus starts The MIT Innovation Initiative: Sustaining and Extending a Legacy of Innovation , the preliminary report of a yearlong effort to define the innovation needed to address some of the world’s most challenging problems.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. 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. R3 is contributing a new financial transaction architectural framework designed to specifically meet the requirements of its global bank members and other financial institutions…”.

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade. Design is no longer just for physical objects, e.g. cars, bridges, shoes, jewelry, smartphones. Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. The application of design thinking beyond products isn’t new.

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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. There can still exist a hierarchy in the organization, but it must act in more open, collaborative and trusting manners with the employees of the organization it serves. One can’t simply implement a series of collaboration or social technologies in the organization and hope that employees will start magically collaborating.

Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation has been a hot topic for the past few decades. Companies all over the world have integrated innovation into their overall strategies and marketing campaigns. Nations and regions have launched innovation initiatives in an attempt to attract such companies and their accompanying well-paying jobs. But, as I have learned over my long career , managing innovation initiatives is actually quite hard, much harder than it may at first appear.

Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. The innovations build heavily on community and network approaches that I and others (Stephen Downes, David Wiley, Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Dave Cormier) have used in previous open courses. DALMOOC has been designed to model a distributed information structure. Matt Crosslin – lead designer on DALMOOC – has been blogging on the design decisions we have made throughout the course.

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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.

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was there in my role as a board member of the Institute for Data Driven Design (ID3) , a research and educational nonprofit established to help define the principles, contracts and rules needed to empower individuals to assert greater control over their personal data and digital identities. The objective of the meeting was to explore potential collaborations between the industrial partner and ID3. . Managing a Disruptive Innovation Initiative.

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. Since we did not have a good understanding of what it was that they actually did, let alone what their problems were, we could not tell them how our innovative ideas could be of help to them in their work.

Design for Doing

Clark Quinn

It occurs to me that we are too busy designing for learning, and that’s not what it’s about. My backwards design process suggested looking at the desired performance, and then working backwards. It’s not just doing the work, but it’s also about doing innovation, and continual capability development. Are you designing for doing? design strategy

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Design, Innovation and Organizational Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I gave several seminars and held a number of meetings, but the main reason for my visit was to once more participate in a STIR lecture sponsored by Design London. Design London is an initiative launched about two years ago between Imperial College and the Royal College of Art. It aims to bring together the disciplines of design, engineering, technology and business to address jointly the challenges of innovation in an increasingly global, competitive economy.

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Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ID³ , - the Institute for Institutional Innovation by Data Driven Design, - is a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution formed to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. Open, collaborative approaches have been successfully applied to the development of some of the most consequential, disruptive initiatives of the past few decades, like the World Wide Web and Linux.

Once Lumbering, Now Innovative Incumbents Hit Their Stride

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Today, winner-take-all organizations are on the rise, but collaborative ecosystems are flourishing as well. Even in industries where competitive concentration is increasing, innovation hasn’t – as would be expected – flatlined.”. They’ve outperformed their peers in financial results and innovation over the past three years. They have a broad network of ecosystem partners, and are ahead of all others in co-creation and collaboration with customers and partners.

Open Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published a new book, Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era. This is his third book on open innovation in the last eight years, having published Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology in 2003, and Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape in 2006. t from your innovation activities.

Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So we strategically cultivated student thought, integrating them into the learning design process. We launched an SXD studio - ‘student experience design’ - and threw students into the design process, connected them with vendors, and launched an SXD lab for prototyping and testing ideas. They adhere to a strick design ideation process so they don’t just jump to solutions. There are four stages: design, development, implement and improve.

Metropolitan IQ and Urban metabolism: Great case studies of innovative, collaborative cities

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I went to the launch of an excellent issues paper created by The Committee for Sydney , titled #wethecity: Collaborating to Compete in the Digital Era. Lucy Turnbull, chair of Committee of Sydney, notes in her opening comments that: Cities are collaborating to compete and the ones that collaborate most compete best. Case Study 4: Boston – An Office for New Urban Mechanics as innovation platform for improved urban governance.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute. As a result, there are reasons to believe that scale may be a plus for innovation in today’s economy, not a minus.”

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Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation

Ross Dawson

Last Friday, after delivering the breakfast keynote at CPA Congress in Brisbane (more on that in another post), I ran a half-day workshop at the partner offsite of a national accounting firm network on the theme of Disruption and Innovation in Professional Services. However in professional services probably the most important domain is service delivery, in which extraordinary possibilities for innovation have opened up in the network economy. Client and supplier collaboration.

Piecing together collaboration and cooperation

Clark Quinn

In an insightful piece , Harold Jarche puts together how collaboration and cooperation are needed to make organizations work ‘smarter’, integrating workgroups with the broader social network by using communities of practice as the intermediary.

Transmedia Storytelling and Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Marketing and communications are essential when introducing a disruptive innovation in the marketplace, given the need to explain what the new initiative is all about to key constituencies including clients, analysts and reporters. I believe that developing and communicating the storyline behind a disruptive innovation requires the close involvement of those who best understand and care about the new initiative and offerings.

Innovators, imitators and idiots

Harold Jarche

Friday’s Finds: “first come the innovators, then the imitators, then the idiots … you can set your watch to it.” Yet this is often the sales tactics in my industry: five bucks a month per employee and all or most of those pesky problems with productivity and barriers to collaboration magically go away. ” – @littleidea. “Sad. So many education questions now start with, “Do you know any apps for … ?”

The difference between social learning and social collaboration

Jane Hart

In my framework of Modern Workplace Learning (see diagram on right) I use the term s ocial collaboration to label an important new element of work of the modern-day L&D department. Here is a chart that shows the extent, as well as some of the features of different types of social learning in an organisation – with the red bordered area showing the work that can be described as social collaboration. So why is there a need to focus on social collaboration ?

Making sense of complexity and innovation

Harold Jarche

A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. ” @Cory_Foy – “Innovation comes from slack. ” Deconstructing Innovation : a complex concept made simple; by @ShaunCoffey. So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. Innovation is continuous. In fact, innovation is the poster child of the mantra that there are no rules.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Managing Designers

Adaptive Path

Are there common personality traits among designers that should shape the way they’re managed? Design managers naturally think about what they need from their team, but Bob Baxley , a design executive in Silicon Valley, believes it’s more interesting to consider what designers need from their manager in order to thrive. How designers want to be managed is an incredibly important topic that’s not getting much attention.

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Innovative Work Spaces

Clark Quinn

Yet, upon investigation, it’s clear that they appear to not be particularly innovative in their approach to work spaces. Coupled with delegation, this should yield innovation, at the expense of some efficiency. Time alone, time with colleagues, time collaborating. As Jay Cross let us know in his landmark Informal Learning , even the design of workspaces can facilitate innovation. Innovation is about culture, practices, beliefs, and technology.

Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

Tweet I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation. The increasing structuring of work and organizational processes by forming project involves new challenges to the handling of knowledge work and expands the scope to generate innovations.

The collaboration field needs to cooperate

Harold Jarche

Eugene Kim looks at a variety of disciplines in the collaboration space, using LinkedIn network analysis to see if and how they are related. The resulting map, and Kim’s explanations are most interesting for anyone doing work related to enterprise collaboration. Collaboration and learning go hand in glove. However, they’re all in the business of collaboration. In the network era, collaboration specialists need to cooperate.

Collaborative intelligence

Jay Cross

The title of her session: Evolving Collaborative Intelligence. Zann covered so much ground and presented so many provocative frameworks that I can only offer you a few sound bites from my notes: Collaborative intelligence is more important than collective intelligence. Collaborative intelligence taps the diversity of individuals, manifesting principles of evolutionary design to adapt to continually changing ecosystems.

Workshop on Mass Collaboration - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Introduction to the Workshop - Ulrike Cress Why a workshop in mass collaboration? Nature article on massively collaborative mathematics (see the wiki PolyMath). Can we design mass collaboration? A Brief History of Mass Collaboration Allan Collins, Northwestern University Homo sapiens traded with others many miles away, while Neandrathals did not. sofwtare engineers, LAN designers, etc. It was designed to help companies know what they know.

Where innovation comes from

Jay Cross

In sum, they innovate. Steven Johnson has written a book that looks at innovation from all angles. He explains what nurtures innovation. Innovation = working smarter. Where Good Ideas Come From, The Natural History of Innovation is a book about the space of innovation. The amplification and adoption of useful innovation exist throughout natural history as well as human. Before cities came along about seven thousand years ago, innovation was rare.

“collaboration is extremely important”

Harold Jarche

3) We are now in a new phase of disruptive management innovation … (6) Continuous improvement in the previous wave of disruptive innovation is now the collaborative intelligence of the second. (7) 7) In the first wave, management innovations were concerned with accommodating process innovation and control. 8) This new wave is also about process innovation and control / coordination. That’s the reason collaboration is extremely important.

Education and Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Linc is a collaboration of educators from around the world who share best practices and learn from each other how to best develop higher education distance learning projects in emerging countries. “LINC is a hybrid, a professional society whose participants include scholars, practitioners, students,corporate executives, government officials and foundation professionals. Technology and innovation are badly needed, but progress has been painfully slow.

Reflections on Surviving Disruptive Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was based on the “Social Media Implications for Business” panel I moderated during my recent week as Innovator in Residence at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. The key problem for legacy media companies is thus to come up with new, innovative business models that will enable them to make money and survive as their industry continues to transition from a business model based mostly on analog dollars into one based mostly on digital dimes.

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this paper I would like to address the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council''s Learning and Performance Support Systems program. This program builds on the National Research Council''s deep connection to the e-learning industry, including collaboration and commercialization across the sector. The NRC-designed MOOC differs significantly from traditional courses.

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Blog Post: Future Caf�: the future of visual collaboration tools

David Gurteen

What I consider to be one of the more powerful of the applications is the Future Café - a Café that is intentionally designed to explore trends and issues that shape, influence or in some way impact the future. It's not confirmed yet, but I hope to use some innovative ideation software to capture the thoughts and ideas of the Future Café participants in a way that minimally interferes with the dynamics of the conversations (a key Knowledge Café principle ).

Facilitating Rapid Service Design for Healthcare

Adaptive Path

That’s a question Chris McCarthy, Director of the Innovation Learning Network and an Innovation Specialist with Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy, brought to the table at the latest San Francisco Service Design Drinks event hosted by Adaptive Path*. Designers, healthcare experts, and a fair number of non-designers interested in the topic came together for drinks and a chance to take a quick stab at the issue.

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Innovation in an Age of Austerity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 7 I participated in an Innovation Summit sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) at the University of Cambridge. The UK-IRC is “a collaborative initiative for cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange activities on how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet the social, environmental and economic challenges it faces.”

Workforce collaboration in the network era

Harold Jarche

Any job could be generically designed and then filled by the most suitable applicant. Social media are merely a conduit for collaboration. Social business emerges from social learning that itself emerges from collaborative work. As workers become more collaborative and networked, they will bypass non-contributing nodes. Tweet Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, and networks subvert standardization.

Facilitating Rapid Service Design for Healthcare

Adaptive Path

That’s a question Chris McCarthy, Director of the Innovation Learning Network and an Innovation Specialist with Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy, brought to the table at the latest San Francisco Service Design Drinks event hosted by Adaptive Path*. Designers, healthcare experts, and a fair number of non-designers interested in the topic came together for drinks and a chance to take a quick stab at the issue.

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