9 Open Innovation Tools
INCREASING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S INNOVATIVE CAPACITY
Open I.O. Tools
“(Open innovation) is a more distributed, more participatory, more decentralized approach to innovation, based on the observed fact that useful knowledge today is widely distributed, and no company, no matter how capable or how big, could innovate effectively on its own.”
– Henry Chesbrough, author of Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology
9 Tools (see below for explanations)
- User Innovation
- Creative Commons
- Easy Access
- Open Access
- Open Data
- To provide support to others and receive recognition as an expert within the field
- To provide tangible inspiration for product or service development
- To provides tangible focus for generating product or service ideas; often used in idea competitions
- As an internal first approach or to accelerate idea generation around a framed challenge statement
- To open the focused idea generation up to a talent pool beyond an organization’s internal experts by engaging with people outside of the R&D team and/or possibly with professionals outside your organization
- Open IDEO – A platform to harness collaboration for social good.
- Idea Storm by Dell – Originally just an “idea box” online in 2007, Dell reinvigorated years later by hiring the community’s most vocal member, engaging he whole company from leadership down, with scheduled storm sessions online and gamification with awards.
- To take advantage of the knowledge and creativity of the most enthusiastic users of products and services which are termed “Lead Users“; these people tend to be at the leading edge of important market trends.
- To take advantage of the knowledge obtained by Lead Users who took it upon themselves to innovate on their own, ahead of the market; these are a subset of Lead Users are considered user-innovators.
- Auto* – Nascar drivers and high performance motor oil
- Sporting Goods* – PGA Tour golfers seek new age materials in golf clubs and golf balls (many developed by NASA technologists)
* These examples and others are discussed in a video on YouTube called How Lead Users Foster Innovation
- To share media of any kind – from photos to videos to articles, etc – for other individual use but not for company profit, however still receive credit
- Get financial help from many people
- Help solve a problem and possibly receive money for the effort
- Enroll many into experimenting
- Interact with others who will help you by fostering and elaborating in conversation around your common goal
- Involve others in realizing change
- Money for doing research, verification or prototyping
- To get involved with communities of people interested in your work
- To learn more about how to reveal the right level of detail about your inventions in order to get funding but keep control of your intellectual assets
- Allowing your patent to be used freely because you want to make sure that your knowledge comes of use
- Drive transparency and access to university developed innovations such that they are made available directly to the public and subject matter experts, with the intention of sharing ideas and information
- Authors want to give their literature to the world without expectation of payment
- In the case of publicly funded research, research that is not military classified or research that results in patentable discoveries, or research that authors publish in some royalty-producing form, such as books
- Where scientific information that can benefit a person’s health is publicly accessible
- Where information that is collected using government tax is publicly accessible
- Where information that is publicly collected, when combined with other innovation tools can create products and/or services that help unmet needs in communities
- Big Apps – Led by the New York Economic Development Corporation, developers are encouraged to create applications based on Open Data that benefit citizens of the Big Apple.
- World Intellectual Property Organization’s Research Initiative – Where information about neglected tropical diseases is gathered and distributed.