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Social Innovation: A Growth Market for Collaborative Innovation

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In my book “Collaboration and Co-Creation: New Templates for Marketing and Innovation,” the last chapter takes the reader beyond the business world. It discusses Norway’s Clinic of Innovation and Scotland’s NESTA, among other informative case studies. Though I am opposed to making predictions, purely on philosophical grounds, I do believe that social innovations will continue […]

Hollywood Stock Exchange Traders Predict Oscar Winners

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Feb 27 is Oscar night.  Pundits have been busy predicting outcomes for the last several weeks now.  I am sure you have a few of your own, and may even have bet a few quid with friends, family, and colleagues. But have you checked out the Hollywood Stock Exchange’s (HSX) predictions?  The HSE is a […]

Collaboration and Co-Creation: New Platforms for Marketing and Innovation

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Come October, Springer will launch my new book, Collaboration and Co-Creation: New Platforms for Marketing and Innovation.  In this blog post, I’d like to briefly introduce the book – what motivated it, its structure, and essence.  I’d also like to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate my collaborators. It’s a rare day when some […]

Institutional vs. Individual Collaboration in Times of Crisis

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Last month’s volcanic ash cloud over Europe disrupted air-traffic and cost the airline industry over £1bn.  But the ash cloud also revealed the serious absence of collaboration between the various European air traffic authorities.  Apparently there are 27 different air spaces across the EU, each one with its own authority and bureaucracy. The BBC reports: […]

Collaboration and Co-Creation of Social Value: Government, Citizens, and Sustainable Cities

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The next few years are likely to witness numerous environmental initiatives around the globe.  For starters, the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference is expected to update the Kyoto Protocol.  Additionally, several countries are looking to green policy stimulus packages to pull them out of the current recession. At recent G20 conferences, Japan and South Korea trumpeted […]

Customer Collaboration and Cause-Driven Marketing

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You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without witnessing a company’s advertisements featuring its “green” or “sustainable” products or business practices.  In response to rapidly growing demand from consumers, the market for these products tripled between 2007 and 2008 with Nielsen predicting a marketplace of more than $400 billion in 2010. […]

What Do General Mills and Finland Have In Common?

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The answer: A desire to grow through innovation, to provide greater and better value to their customers/citizens, and to co-create this value with selected collaborators and customers. Let’s visit General Mills first. Most companies have big egos!  Not surprisingly they are quick to disproportionately aggrandize their own skills and knowledge; especially when it comes to […]

Flu Trendwatch: The Collective Intelligence of Web Search Logs

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The Internet is a key source of information for millions around the globe.  Not surprising therefore that search engines, like Google are one of the first places people turn to for information on topics ranging from movies (Slum Dog Millionaire), overnight sensations (Susan Boyle), and threatening pandemics (swine flu). The sheer numbers of people who […]