Harnessing Innovation Using "The Global Brain".

Here's a how-to book on using the wisdom of crowds or "the global brain" to harness creativity and innovation. I haven't read it but the amount of academic research has florished the last two yeas so this new book probably has some new ideas for business development managers.

"Want to Create Innovative Products? Tap into the 'Global Brain'" [reg req]

Published: November 29, 2007 in India Knowledge@Wharton

Community Development and Management

If you are unable to attend this conference, check out our blog to learn more about social network software and community 2.0 for the enterprise. Here's a good blog post to start with, Community software and better tacit interactions.

Here's a podcast about community 2.0. Of course, most of the podcast is old news if you've been keeping up with our blog over the last three years.

Connecting in a Complex World

"Supernova 2006: Connecting in a Complex World (reg req)

This year's Supernova -- a conference on emerging technologies co-sponsored by Wharton and held in San Francisco -- asked participants to consider the new "industry ecosystems" and technological innovations that are emerging in response to an increasingly connected world."

Chris Anderson (the longtail) interview about his upcoming book

Inside organizations, we have the longtail of ideas and information that needs to be connected to people, places, and things. The longtail, or maybe the edge, is where some of the best ideas originate to improve performance.  I haven't read a book in some time but Chris's new book about the longtail will certainly be one that motivates me enough to buy it and read it.

What's keeping you up at night?

As with many of my posts, this one will bounce around, but the general idea is that ideas are everywhere and that communications should flow up and down and in and out  and out and in as oppsed to them flowing down from the top and spewed out by marketing and pr.

Dynamic Group Blogs

Since ideas are everywhere, both inside and outside of your organization, there is an immediate, urgent need for new tools that can harness ideas, concepts, information on the group level. Markets are getting more and more ephemeral, and you need to get the information you need in the right place at the right time to be able to make fast decisions and grab your 15 minutes of fame before your opportunity is lost. Having an environment where employees can easily find and connect ideas at the right time is essential for staying on top of this increasingly volatile marketplace.