Article: Open Innovation – What It Is and How to Do It

Innovation, Open Space

Open Innovation – What It Is and How to Do It

Would you unhesitatingly say that all the smartest people in the world reside in your company?

Thought not.

Although this may seem obvious, it is, however, a very common misconception which manifests in the way many companies do innovation; leaving all the creative work to employees alone.

Open innovation is basically an alternative to this conventional method of doing innovation where information has to stay within preset confines. A mindset, if you will, of being open to sharing and receiving information

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Article: Forget the ‘sharing economy’: technology is about to usher in the ‘circular’ economy

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Forget the ‘sharing economy’: technology is about to usher in the ‘circular’ economy

It now seems clear that decades of effort focused on sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives have struggled to make a difference. Production has outstripped planetary boundaries and the environment is contending with mass-scale pollution. But why is this? To put it into a succinct argument: ‘Companies can’t be sustainable in an unsustainable society.

The idea of a sharing economy was borne out of a need to rectify this situation. It is a system built around the sharing of human and physical resources and there are hundreds of compelling new businesses tapping into this idea.

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