Patent Activity and the State of US Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study examines whether patent activity is a good concrete indicator of innovation, economic growth and productivity by looking at historical data going all the way back to 1790. This is a timely report given recent concerns that the US might be losing its innovation edge. Given the close link between innovation and economic growth, it’s not surprising that questions are being raised whether our current slow growth is evidence that the innovation engine is now stalled.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

He says the discussion of MOOCs "has sucked the air out of conversation around innovation in education." And I see no good reason why we should require the production of educators and students to be fair game for resellers who want to pluck it for free out of the commons and charge money for it to those not lucky enough to be a part of our community.

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Dawn of the Un-book

Jay Cross

So began my 2006 book, Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance. Today's activist readers pluck information from the blogosphere and YouTube and their friends on Facebook and MySpace. Effectiveness Column in June 2008 CLO magazine.

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What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

David Havens from Collective Capital , a company that works with business in the area of innovation through improvisation and design thinking. I was first did exercise two years ago at the Social Innovation Summit at a session on failure facilitated Ed Alter. The skill of letting go of failures is one that I’ve been passionate about, especially for nonprofit leaders. This post follows yesterday’s post about networked leadership skills.

Doc Searls Weblog · KFI’s tower closer to going back up

Doc Searls

Which, by the way, seems so proprietary and locked-down that innovation opportunities around it seem severely limited.

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