There is no question that the Internet has changed the way we work and connect with others. From a few people working on a shared Google document to thousands contributing to projects like Wikipedia or Linux, we are collaborating in unprecedented ways. When it works, collaboration is synergistic and amazing. The problem is that too often, real, meaningful collaboration is thwarted by an ugly thing called people.
January 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Collaboration, Creativity, Ideas
October 5th, 2011 · No Comments · Collaboration, Ideas, social media, Sustainability, trends
Big Ideas Tens of thousands are now involved with the Occupy Wall Street Protests worldwide Web based platforms facilitate the coordination of mass gatherings and protests around the world With online collaboration tools, a single leader or clear plan are not required. You have undoubtedly heard about the Occupy Wall Street protests that have been [...]
January 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Collaboration, Creativity
Crowdingfunding is great to encourage fan involvement, but ultimately decisions need to be made by an individual.
September 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business Models, Ideas, Marketing
Web video is driving innovation around the world as we all copy and improve on each other. Quality and skills levels are constantly increasing as we all compete to improve.
July 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Business Models, Collaboration, Ideas, social media
Companies are flocking to social media and crowdsourcing platforms in the hopes of finding cheaper or more effective ways to market their wares. This is understandable for we all need to make a living, however, I think the real promise of social media is bigger than just a financial transaction. People give their time and money for reasons above and beyond financial gain.
December 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Collaboration
Spudaroo.com is new site allowing companies to crowdsource business documents like copy writing, resumes, brochures and business plans. Now you can have writers compete to create documents and companies can choose the best among many submissions. This is following crowdsourcing design sites like 99Designs and CrowdSpring, but will it work for documents? The site is [...]
December 1st, 2009 · No Comments · Collaboration
Crowdsourcing is a big idea, but many companies still don’t get it. Having the general public co-work on projects together just doesn’t make sense. Yet, it works and sometimes it works better than anything else. The best example has to be Wikipedia. The idea of having volunteer writers create the content and edit the world’s [...]
November 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Marketing
Edward Boches of Creativity_Unbound has a great article framing social media into real business objectives. I don’t talk to clients about Social Media any more. He has five ways to reframe the questions. Want to improve your organic search results? Start a blog. Looking for a better way to conduct real time qualitative research? Listen [...]
November 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Collaboration
Here is a great video discussing the shift from the institutional control of ideas to opening them up to the world. Clay Shirky mentions examples of Flickr and Linux and how the users or community freely contribute to large projects without any material rewards. A particularly cogent example, is how mobile phone ubiquity has greatly [...]