Introducing the Open Innovation Toolkit
Innovation is part of our DNA at Mozilla. It’s not just about making products that support the open web, but how we make those products — with a transparent and participatory approach.
There’s a paradox in open innovation. On one hand, the diversity of an open community demonstrably increases the quality of solutions. On the other hand, using best practices like human-centered design across a distributed team can be hard work. But in order to maintain high quality of experience, solve real user problems and ultimately create great products that people want, it must be done.
To help address this, we’ve been developing the Open Innovation Toolkit.
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Until fifteen years ago, closed innovation was the gold standard for protecting proprietary information and beating out the competition. Closed innovation is based on a model of internal and centralized research and development, with all ideas being produced, developed, created, commercialized, and implemented in-house.
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The world’s most forward-thinking companies have been looking outside of their walls to expand their new innovation pipeline with an open innovation strategy. But what exactly does this open innovation concept mean, and what is the best way to deploy programs?
The short answer is that there aren’t straightforward answers to these questions, as initiatives will vary from company to company. For instance, Cisco runs an entrepreneur-in-residence program to identify potential acquisition targets, while The New York Times launched T-Brand Studio as an experimental agency services arm that became a core line of business within three short years.
“Corporate open innovation is really a mindset within an organization,” says Michele McConomy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Innovation Services at RocketSpace. “It’s helping teams develop out-of-the-box ideas and do it in a way that can turbocharge the internal entrepreneurial spirit that made the company succeed in its earliest days.”