Archive for December, 2014

Facebook Uses Open Innovation to Plot its Course

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

You don’t have to call it by it’s name, but Facebook is and has been a part of open innovation from the start.  They have allowed other companies monetize applications that are built on Facebook APIs and created countless jobs, fortunes, and their own success by open innovation.   Here is an example of Facebook asking users for the direction to steer the company, I am sure Facebook is not only  listening but running analytics software on the responses.


The Biggest Reason We Steal Other People’s Ideas

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Interesting article, several years ago I had written a short white paper to a CEO at a company I consulted at about some product enhancements.  I never got an acknowledgement that he had seen or read it.  About 2 years later a major initiative was launched “thought up” by the CEO which were the same ideas I had presented earlier.   I really did find it a bit humorous and was already aware of the phenomena described in the link below. I didn’t care and the improvements were submitted as part of my normal activities,  I knew enough about the man to know he wouldn’t intentionally steal them.  I was just happy they incorporated the improvements which held the potential of differentiating a commodity product.

Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In this timeless and deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn’t just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can’t. He describes the rising role of serious amateurs (“Pro-Ams,” as he calls them) through the story of the mountain bike.



Look to Government—Yes, Government—for New Social Innovations

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Government approaches to tackle problems using both behavioral psychology and open innovation. It’s help to decrease murders, collect more taxes, and help with healthcare.