Weekly bits of interest - 2 May 2011

Developments and articles of interest from the last two weeks:

  • In this piece Klaus-Peter Speidel gives some tips on how to do intelligent crowd-sourcing of ideas. "There is no intelligent crowd per se. Different problems and needs call for different crowds. Rather than trying to engage as many people as possible, intelligent crowdsourcing includes a phase where people with need-relevant expertise are identified."[1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From "How to Do Intelligent Crowdsourcing" 18 April 2011 by Klaus-Peter Speidel in Innovation Management, accessed at http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2011/04/18/how-to-do-intelligent-crowdsourcing/]

  • Tim Kastelle from the University of Queensland writes about a myth of innovation - that ideas spread quickly. Tim discusses the 'X' period where an idea has yet to reach critical mass or die off. "Our tendency to dramatically underestimate the true value of X in innovation diffusion causes all kinds of problems. If we’re early adopters, we expect new ideas to spread quickly. And yet, they don’t. If we’re threatened by new ideas, the long X can give us a false sense of security. As it becomes clear that early predictions are exaggerated, we become complacent. But eventually, once all the experimentation has been done, and people have figured out what the new ideas are really good for, and how to create value with them, the threat begins to bite." [2. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From "Innovation Myth: Ideas Spread Quickly" 26 April 2011 by Tim Kastelle accessed at http://timkastelle.org/blog/2011/04/innovation-myth-ideas-spread-quickly/]

  • Chuck Frey looks at how the growing complexity of innovation is driving the need for improved collaboration tools.

  • The innovation thinker Stephen Goldsmith, also Deputy Mayor of New York City, talks about some of the things being done in New York to bring innovation to bear on the challenges faced.

  • Braden Kelly outlines his thoughts on the key steps for an organisation in establishing an innovation pilot program.

As always, please feel free to identify any other developments or articles of interest in the comments below.