Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stafan's good reads on Innovation

Stefan is a specialist on open innovation. He blogs on He shares with us a short list of good reads for the week Good Reads on Innovation

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Moving Beyond Open Innovation

"Opening up R&D organizations to outside ideas has become a powerful weapon in the strategic arsenal of research managers. As Henry Chesbrough writes, “[O]pen innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology.” This strategy has been associated with notable commercial successes, such as Procter & Gamble’s SpinBrush, sourced not from internal R&D but rather a group of inventors in Cleveland." Read more from Moving Beyond Open Innovation

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Democratizing Innovation

From MIT Press:
"Innovation is rapidly becoming democratized. Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology, increasingly can develop their own new products and services. These innovating users—both individuals and firms—often freely share their innovations with others, creating user-innovation communities and a rich intellectual commons. In Democratizing Innovation, Eric von Hippel looks closely at this emerging system of user-centered innovation. He explains why and when users find it profitable to develop new products and services for themselves, and why it often pays users to reveal their innovations freely for the use of all.

The trend toward democratized innovation can be seen in software and information products—most notably in the free and open-source software movement—but also in physical products. Von Hippel's many examples of user innovation in action range from surgical equipment to surfboards to software security features. He shows that product and service development is concentrated among "lead users," who are ahead on marketplace trends and whose innovations are often commercially attractive.

Von Hippel argues that manufacturers should redesign their innovation processes and that they should systematically seek out innovations developed by users. He points to businesses—the custom semiconductor industry is one example—that have learned to assist user-innovators by providing them with toolkits for developing new products. User innovation has a positive impact on social welfare, and von Hippel proposes that government policies, including R&D subsidies and tax credits, should be realigned to eliminate biases against it. The goal of a democratized user-centered innovation system, says von Hippel, is well worth striving for. An electronic version of this book is available under a Creative Commons license."
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Monday, September 13, 2010

RFID chips to track pre-school children financed with federal funds?!

This is the best example of how the elite is seeing the new technology. Those who have power only see in the new technology ways to reinforce their position.of power. This is not just an accident! To get a federal grant one must go though a screening process. The project must be approved by the government. This horrible story points directly to the US federal government, who approved and financed the project. We can now legitimately ask ourselves if the US government is planning to enslave its own citizens. This is not so far-fetched after all, we are talking here about the same government who kidnaps non-american citizens in other countries to torture them and to keep them in secret prisons for an undetermined time, without access to the justice system. Allow me to remind you that the Obama administration has defended in court the abduction and torturing practices of the CIA implemented by the Bush administration.

THIS is UnbeLLLivvveble !  

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