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What value do you see Open Source practices offering to innovation in a networkedworld?
[00:05:54] Open Source is a really important idea and I think we’re just learning how totake advantage of this idea. Too many of us are dinosaurs, I know I am, I grew up in ahierarchical world where you were in an organization with functions where you knowexactly where you were in the pecking order. Everything you did was systematic: you didthis, then you did this, then you did this. Today we look at a network world. Everythingconnects to everything else and communication happens in an entirely different way thanthe way I was wired as a dinosaur. We have to learn new tricks and we have to hurry upand help the millennials provide the impetus for us to make the changes that we need tomake. But there is no question that this idea that “I have the best idea, therefore youshould follow me and you should do what I say the way I say it, is very old thinking. New thinking is, one of our advisors here at BIF, Roger Martin, says that the way youdefine an innovator as somebody who knows they have a strong point of view, they’reconfident enough to put their point of view out, but they know that they’re missingsomething. They know they’re missing something and they’re on a mission to find thatmissing thing and the only way they’re going to find it is by exploring across silos andthe grey area between silos to find the thing that’s gong to make their idea better andmore likely to happen. That thinking leads you to open source, it leads you to put your ideas out on social media platforms and welcome additions and changes to your ideas. Itmeans you’re going to find and connect to people who can help you to implement whatyou’re trying to implement and you’re not going to wait for institutions and the rigiditywithin institutions to constrain you, you’re going to connect with them using technologyto enable you to do that. I still think it’s early days, you know we see all the examples inthe software world that work, where we all know and love Wikipedia, and see thoseexamples, but when you start to apply that in the physical development domain, in thecapability in large organization or system domain, they haven’t figured out quite yet howto apply it, but we will, but we will. You can see social media platforms just coming intotheir own and enabling people to self organize and to share and exchange ideas. The nextthing we have to do is we have to make the platforms actionable. I often say we have tomake the networks purposeful, that we have to harness all of this energy on these socialmedia platforms not just to talk about and exchange ideas, but to roll up their sleeves andstart to work on things that can improve some of these important systems that we’reworking on.
B. TOPIC - Innovation Framework
What category of the Innovation Framework do you primarily invest your time andattention? Brainpower? Networks? Quality, Connected Place? Dialogue andInclusion? Or Branding Stories?2.
What secondary categories are you interested in?3.
Which category would you like to collaborate with next?[00:08:58] So, to get below the buzz words of open innovation and to actually put it into practice in the real world, there are three areas that I think you really have to focus on and