A recent interview with an Innovation Manager at one of the major US based automakers led to discussions on a Kickstarter.com-like challenge they ran with employees. The goal was to enable their workers,┬áthose that make and market their automobiles, to develop innovations from the front lines. Employees formed small teams, developed their ideas, and submitted […]

Check out this CNBC article on lowering the cost of education. Step 1 – take whichever class you can online to save on tuition. This refers to the emerging trend of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Step 2 – get backers to loan you money at lower rates than available elsewhere. See Pave – a […]

Here’s a great example of a company using existing networks to generate value. A team of app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information. Tiny thermometers usually prevent smartphones from dangerously overheating, but the researchers discovered the battery temperatures tell a story […]

HYVI Innovation posted this short video a few years ago on open innovation accomplished with customer co-creation – it’s worth a watch for a number of examples of how firms have leveraged customer feedback and empathy improve products or services. Related articles How Top Enterprises Are Utilizing Open Innovation (openinnovation.net) How Top Enterprises Utilize Open […]

Check out this group of activists utilizing crowdfunding to get their message heard and build support. Crowdfunding Against Big Coal | Steve Fenberg. Chris Kluesener

Video from the Future Cities Technology Showcase – part of the Open Innovation 2.0 event. This is a collaborative effort between Intel, the European Commission, the City of Dublin, and a number of other organizations. The goal of the event is to encourage open collaboration for conceiving solutions for sustainable urban planning and development. Technology […]

Check out this brief history and overview of crowdsourcing. I found it interesting. Chris Kluesener What is Crowdsourcing? – YouTube. Related articles Interview: David Alan Grier on crowdsourcing (writeforwiley.com) A Guide to Crowdsourcing Sites (shawnoreily.com) Keep Track Of Politicians’ Promises With New Crowdsourcing App (lifehacker.com.au) Crowdsourcing is For the Birds (drudge.com) Connecticut Crowdsources Tourism (centralctpost.com) […]

The Harvard xDesign conference didn’t disappoint. A collaborative effort between Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Boston community, the event featured a speaker series and adjacent workshop in design thinking strategy. The workshop was a welcome exercise utilizing design thinking methods to solve societal problems – the challenge this year focused […]