From McKinsey, "Succeeding at open-source innovation: An interview with Mozilla's Mitchell Baker." This article offers three great tips for any size organization wanting to tap external ideas. Ms. Baker also talks about having a participatory culture.
I find myself on both sides of this idea when I'm listening to clients about their business/products/services/processes requirements and then trying to explain to them the business advantages of social network software. What happens on both sides is we assume too much and expect others to at least have an understanding of the basics. Hell, most people are overwhelmed. Anyway, here's an interesting article form The NY Times about innovation and "the curse of knowledge".
Understanding online communities, social media, social media tools, and social commerce are important to your business, and you need to spend some quality time using them to really get what they're all about. The power of user-driven tools lies in the using.
Over the last few years, management gurus Malone, Hagel, and now Hamel have published books on innovative management and new technologies - social network tools and community software applications. Here's a taste of what Gary Hamel has to say...
"Innovative management: A conversation with Gary Hamel, from Mckinsey quarterly (reg req).
This idea has been around for some time. I first read about it in, "small pieces loosely joined", by Dave Weinberger (one of the authors of the cluetrain). Anyway, Micheal Schrage has a good post, "Round-off Error? Hardly!" MIT Technology Review that applies the math. to the idea.
Business development ideas - connect + develop equals VALUE for any size organization, business, or institution. Are You Reaping the Benefits of Web 2.0 - social networks - community software - participation - connecting? Web 2.0 (also referred to as Enterprise 2.0) is reshaping the way businesses of all sizes must operate in order to succeed in a rapidly changing marketplace. Trends like this one are changing customer expectations, buying behaviors, the way products/services are developed, and the pace at which companies must make decisions and even shift directions.
What we quickly found out is that there is a plethora of ideas - everywhere. We've learned a lot about the innovation process from those early days and James Andrew and Harold Sirkin tackle many of the things we've learned in their new book titled, Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation.
From Wharton, "Podcast, BCG's Harold Sirkin on How Firms can Reap the Rewards of Innovation ". (reg req)
From O'Reilly Media, "Web 2.0, Principals and Practices " is an exceprt of their latest on web 2.0 and how it applies to the enterprise.
"Web 2.0 is a set of economic, social, and technology trends that collectively form the basis for the next generation of the lnternet - a more mature, distinctive medium characterized by user participation, openness, and network effects.
Below is information on an innovation conference that I received in an email. What's interesting is that conversations on all of the topics and the core competencies are freely available on the net. Use del.icio.us (the filtered net), technorati, google or yahoo blog search to find deep smarts. Aside from meeting new people or making contacts, conferences hold little value for me anyhow.
This is the new era of the unconference and enterprise 2.0. The net is the new meeting place. Limited not by cash resources but by imagination.
There's a new online book from Charles Leadbeater about creative collaboration. I snagged a couple of paragraphs from his site/blog because it jibes with what we've been yaking about, less eloquently, here, here, and here for the last three plus years. "People want to be players not just spectators, part of the action, not on the sidelines. "