***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Read paper by Valdis Krebs and June Holley http://www.orgnet.com/BuildingNetworks.pdf and our blog http://www.networkweaving.com/blog Also, I am part of Plexus Institute.org team helping hospitals working to eliminate MRSA (penicillin -resistant staph) map their networks, then use those maps to encourage collaboration across some of the traditional divides (roles, units) to generate creative solutions. I'm also part of several year-long programs to train cross-organizational Network Weavers to map and enhance networks as well as catalyze collaborations. In several projects we will be using Web 2.0 tools (Near-Time, Twitter, etc) to enhance both the network building and the cross organizational collaboration. Be glad to talk with you! June Holley Network Weaver www.networkweaving.com/june.html www.networkweaving.com/blog +1-740-591-4705 On 09/11/08 9:45 AM, "Justin Kirby" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Given all the hype around crowdsourcing, co-creation, wikinomics, open > innovation, etc., just wondered if anyone was aware of any really good > examples of where collaboration has led to successful innovation, and did > these make use of particular tools/technology to support the collaboration? > > The question may not be directly relevant to the network science and social > network analysis audience here, but I understand that at least some of you > look at the structures by which knowledge/information transfers through > networks and organisations. The link between this and collaborative approaches > maybe tenuous, but as far as this initial scoping research project (see below) > is concerned it would be fascinating for us to get feedback from this > community, because we are looking for more structured and scientific insight > than what's currently being evangelicised in the Web 2.0 space. > > Justin Kirby > co-author, Connected Marketing > > > Project background and purpose > > We are carrying out a piece of scoping research for NESTA Connect (The > National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts) to develop understanding > of how the use of new and emerging collaborative technologies can add value in > co-creation and lead to innovations > > Traditionally, the search for new ideas has tended to happen behind closed > doorsı, in research labs and design departments, all carefully protected by > intellectual property rights. But this is rapidly changing. Today, innovation > is far less controlled and predictable. A good idea can come from (literally) > anywhere. > > This greater fluidity is hugely positive for innovation. NESTA are developing > a range of programmes that encourage people to connect across organisations, > places and disciplines. They believe that putting people and organisations > together in unusual combinations sparks new ideas and new perspectives on old > problems. > > It is our view that there is no shortage of ³new perspectives on old problems² > within the co-creationist space. What seems to be lacking is any real > analysis of how new technologies address the challenges inherent of > participation and collaboration, many of which relate to aspects of human > behaviour and/or organisational structures just because you are using a new > technology doesnıt mean these challenges disappear. Advances in technology, > and the success of the Open Source development methodology that has led to > these advances, may provide a solution to these inherent problems, but so also > may other ³new ideas and new perspectives² that donıt rely on technology. > > The question we want to address is: can we find a structured way to assess > and/or enhance the likely effectiveness of collaborative work assisted by > technology by looking first at some of these inherent barriers to > participation and collaboration from those sectors and disciplines which have > been discussing, using and evaluating them for over 30 years rather than > those who coming to them for the first time because of the opportunities ³Web > 2.0² presents and the hype encouraging its use. As they say "those who > cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it² > > Preliminary scoping - initial questions > > 1. In your experience of collaboration, are there particular models of good > practice which you have experience of or can refer us to? > > 2. Are you aware of any really good examples of where collaboration has led to > successful innovation? > > 3. Of these, did any of these make use of particular tools/technology to > support the collaboration? > > 4. In our consideration of tools, collaboration and innovation, can you > identify any: > - people you think it would be useful for us to contact? > - papers published which would be useful? > > 5. Would you be interested in being involved further in this project in any > way? (eg be interviewed by our researcher) > > _____________________________________________________________________ > SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social > network researchers (http://www.insna.org). 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