New media innovation exchange, anyone?

I've been looking through the nominations for the New Statesman New Media Awards**, and I'm blown away by the range of interesting online initiatives there, ranging from the governmental to the small group and individual.

The Open Innovation Exchange has been nominated, and of course we are all hopeful that we'll get recognition for the open process we used to bid for the Cabinet Office contract, even though we failed. (No official news of the winner, though I did hear unconfirmed rumblings that the lead within the third sector may be ACEVO rather than NCVO).

The aim of the awards is to "celebrate UK new media projects that benefit society, government or democracy," and this year the categories are Contribution to civic society; Modernising government; Elected representative; Education Information and openness; Advocacy; Young Innovator. You can see last year's winners here.

I know some of those nominated - but not about many others, even though I try and scan the field and write about it here. It strikes me that awards are great for flushing out interesting initiatives, and rewarding them after they have achieved something. However, awards aren't generally designed to encourage start-ups, or help them learn from more experienced initiatives. To do that we would need .... ummm ... an innovation exchange!  read more »

Open collaborative innovation boosted by NESTA

First posted at Designing for Civil Society

UserinnovationNESTA provided a strong boost last week to the idea that innovation comes from open, collaborative approaches - rather than just research departments and manufacturers working behind closed doors protecting their secrets with the aid of intellectual property lawyers.

To underpin this, at the launch of their Connect programme last Thursday, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts invited along Professor Eric Von Hippel, from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

In a short presentation, videocast here, he confirmed for me - and I should think everyone else there - that celebrating and encouraging bottom-up ways to improve products is one of the best hopes we have for the future. I found it enormously encouraging as we wait for tomorrow's decision on our proposals for an Open Innovation Exchange.  read more »

Diffusion of Innovations and Open Learning Systems

OK - model version 1 looks good - but be careful - availability bias means that it is very easy to believe that the model you have is complete when that may not be the case.


A few points:

Firstly, can I just mention that I'm not very keen on the idea of
labelling things with roles 'innovator',
'replicator', 'mentor'. Although you make clear people might perform
multiple roles, most people most of the time sit in one role. I would
prefer abstract verbs - innovate, replicate, mentor. I'm not going to
get upset if we don't do this in the bid, but it does colour what I say
below.  read more »

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