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13 April 2007 ~ 2 Comments                                       

Summary of Crowdsourced Innovation

Brilliant research by this Finnish fella. Exactly what I have been saying, but more… concise and professional-like. I totally buy into open and crowdsourced innovation, but, there is still a solid place for the old style. Case in point: iPhone, iPod, MacBook… really anything Apple does. It’s very secretive with it’s creations and generally comes out with a brilliant, simple design that gets to what consumers always needed without knowing they needed it.

Since I am not a Jobs, I am more drawn to the crowdsourced and open innovation model, bringing in customers and the crowd whenever possible. Apple is the exception, outside innovation should be the rule. Why limit yourself to the ideas within your company or network of partners?

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2 Responses to “Summary of Crowdsourced Innovation”

  1. Sami Viitamäki 23 April 2007 at 1:45 am Permalink


    I definitely agree with you on there being need for old style closed innovation as well. Crowdsourced innovation (or crowdsourced any other thing for that matter) is of course not the ultimate way of doing business that should be pursued by everybody. It’s simply a new way of doing and adds to the alternatives of positioning your business on the market place.

    What Apple does suits them fine and I’m not expecting them to start crowdsourcing their design actvities any time soon.

  2. Matea 19 November 2014 at 3:54 pm Permalink

    April 22, 2010 07:50 by Open Innovation is the way to go. I know we have a far road to walk to convince huge parts of the polpuation that we (1) can contribute and (2) get people on the virtual forums where it is most cost effective to get their contributions but we need to start to walk this road. Mobile technology and capacity building should become part of the open innovation approach that could be enbaled by this strategy. Let all citizines be challenged with our biggest problems and provide them a way, via cell phones for instance, to contribute their ideas. Also provoke them via mobile phone technology to think outside the box and make connections with trends, stats, facts related to our social challenges. This will contribute greatly to building a culture of empowerment and innovation.

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